Transfer Timeline

This guide is merely a general timeline for planning purposes, and does not include specific dates for specific schools; this information must be obtained from your prospective colleges and universities.


1. Explore Majors and Careers

Four-year colleges and universities expect transfer students to arrive at their schools major-ready-prepared to begin courses in their major.

  • Explore careers and majors by visiting the Advising, Career and Transfer Center.
  • Know the requirements of the various transfer degrees at South Puget Sound Community College and decide early which degree you want to pursue.

2. Begin your search for colleges and universities that would be a good fit for you.

Conduct a search for schools that offer your major of study.Visit some four year colleges and universities—many have “Transfer Days” specially organized for transfer students.

  • Talk with college representatives that visit South Puget Sound Community College.
  • Decide on a “short list” of colleges or universities you’d like to attend.

 3. Create a long-term plan for your degree completion and transfer.

  • Meet with an Educational & Career Planner at the four-year institution you are interested in to make sure you are taking courses that transfer and meet lower division program requirements.
  • Meet with your SPSCC Educational & Career Planner to develop an Educational Plan of which courses you will take until graduation.


4. Start searching for scholarships and gathering admissions application materials.

  • Attend a transfer workshop and/or make a transfer planning appointment with an SPSCC Educational & Career Planner.
  • Start preparing scholarship applications and continue narrowing college search.
  • Apply for scholarships. (, are two websites to search)
  • Make contact with an admissions representative and scholarship representative at prospective four-year institutions.

5. Get your applications ready and turned in.

  • Apply for admissions. Fall admission deadlines are usually between January and April.
  • Request an official copy of your transcript from all schools attended.
  • Write a strong personal statement/essay. See a transfer Educational & Career Planner and work with the Writing Center if you need guidance.
  • Prepare to fill out your FAFSA and any other financial aid paperwork early!

6. Decide on your four-year school and finish up at SPSCC!

  • Complete graduation requirements.
  • Visit your prospective four-year schools if you have not already—accept/reject university offers.
  • Apply for housing (if needed).
  • Request final transcript from South Puget Sound Community College after graduation.