There are many reasons why you might decide to change or transfer colleges. Talk to advisors at both your current and future college.
Why transfer colleges
Over a third of students change colleges at some point. Students transfer colleges for many reasons, including:
Explore your options
Oregon Transfer Days
Learn more about transferring to a 4-year college in Oregon. Events take place in January or March at each community college.
Make sure you're on track
Research admission requirements for each college to make sure you're on track. Requirements for transfer students may be different than for first-year students. In general, admissions offices will pay more attention to your grades in college than your grades in high school.
You may need to apply as a first-year student if you don't meet a minimum number of transferable credits.
See how your college credit will transfer
Talk to an advisor at your current institution as well as the college you plan to transfer to. You may need a minimum grade for the classes to transfer while other credits might not transfer at all.
Oregon Transfer Compass
- Core Transfer Maps: 30+ credits (eight classes) at Oregon community colleges that transfer as a block to any Oregon public university.
- Oregon Transfer Module: 45 credits at Oregon community colleges that transfer as a block to any Oregon public university.
- Statewide Transfer Degree: 90 credits at Oregon community colleges that transfer to any Oregon public university and cover all general education requirements. Includes the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) and the Associate of Science Oregon Transfer (ASOT) for Business or Computer Science.
- Interstate Passport: Blue Mountain Community College and Western Oregon University participate in this program that allows credits to easily transfer between colleges in different states.
Apply by the deadline
There may be a specific transfer student application. You will need to order a transcript from the registrar at each of the colleges you have attended. In some cases, you will need transcripts from your high school as well.
Apply for financial aid and scholarships
Complete the FAFSA or ORSAA every year you are in college.