It is never too early to start planning for transfer. In fact,
we recommend students meet with a transfer counselor during their
first semester of study, if they are planning on transferring
to a four-year college or university. While some students begin
their education at Hudson Valley Community College already with
a clearly defined transfer plan, others may be less certain.
No matter where you fall in this continuum, the Center for Counseling and Transfer
can assist you in achieving your long range educational goals.
Transfer planning involves a series of steps, and a transfer counselor
can help you successfully navigate through this process. Below
are some guidelines you can follow for successful transfer to a
Meet With a Transfer Counselor
Even the most independent students can benefit from meeting with
a transfer counselor for assistance with various stages of
the transfer process. You can meet with one of our professional
one-on-one, during a scheduled appointment to address any of
your transfer needs. Students are also seen on a walk-in basis,
pending the availability of a counselor, to answer quick questions
related to transfer. To schedule an appointment, stop by the
office or contact us by phone.
Determine Your Career Goals
A preliminary step to successful transfer planning is determining your career goals, since transfer planning is inherently tied into career planning. If you are undecided about a career path, we advise you to begin a self-assessment/career exploration process immediately. You can do this independently or with the assistance of a counselor. For additional career information and services, students are advised to visit the Center for Careers and Employment which is located adjacent to the Center for Counseling and Transfer on the second floor of the Campus Center.
Choose a Major
Deciding on a major is easier, once you have determined your
career goals. However, you will need to consider two questions:
is the appropriate major at the four-year college to prepare
me for my chosen career path?
What is the corresponding
Hudson Valley major that will maximize transfer of credits
into the four-year program of choice?
Sometimes, the answers to these
are not as obvious as they would seem.
Take, for example, a student who wants to pursue a bachelor
degree in accounting. One might assume that the Hudson
Valley's Business-Accounting program would be the appropriate
major. However, in most cases, it is our Business-Business Administration
(A.S. degree) program that would be the best choice, since
this program is specifically
designed for transfer purposes. In general, graduating with this degree
will assure junior status at a four-year college, regardless
of the desired business
emphasis (e.g., accounting, marketing, management, or finance). In contrast,
our Business-Accounting program is primarily intended for students who
are seeking an entry level position in the accounting field.
Make Appropriate Course Selections
Once you have selected the appropriate major, you can further
maximize transfer of credits through appropriate course selections.
Hudson Valley Community College
has many formal articulation agreements with four-year institutions,
and these agreements often detail specific course recommendations
(particularly use of elective credits) for optimal transfer.
For more information about articulation agreements, click
In the absence of such formal agreements, course selections
are best determined by consulting with the four-year college of
Check with a transfer counselor in our office for advisement
in this area.
Selecting a transfer college/university requires you to compare
your goals and preferences to the characteristics of particular
colleges. Students often don’t know how to begin the selection
process. Keep in mind that just because a school is generally
recognized as “good” does not mean that it will necessarily
be good for you.
In researching four-year colleges, you will first need to determine
whether a given school offers your desired program of study. Other
factors to consider in the selection process include location,
cost, size, accreditations, faculty/student ratio, geographic area
(i.e., urban, suburban or rural), housing, etc. There are numerous
resources available in our office and online to assist you in
this process. Click here for more information about transfer resources.
Narrow Down Choices
Once you have investigated transfer colleges suitable for your
desired major, it will be important to narrow down your choices
soon for optimal transfer planning. As noted above, your course
selections at Hudson Valley may vary depending on the specific
requirements of each transfer institution. It is generally advisable
narrow down your selections to about three to five schools. While
or two colleges may represent your ideal choice, it is important
to have a back up plan. Be realistic in your selections, especially
in terms of cost and GPA requirements. Obviously, the higher
your GPA is at Hudson Valley, the more choices you will have
in transfer colleges.
If possible, visit the campus of any college you are seriously
considering, and talk with students, faculty, and admissions counselors.
Try to decide if you would be happy in this environment. Also,
find out if admissions representatives from colleges in which you
are interested plan to visit our campus by checking our events
calendar. If so, plan to attend these scheduled visits.
Decide When to Transfer
It is not necessary to complete your associate degree before
you transfer, but in most cases it is beneficial to do so. The
to this rule would be those situations where completion of the
degree would result in a substantial loss of transfer credits.
Otherwise, there are many advantages to completing your associate
degree, prior to transferring, including the following:
- Savings in tuition
- Sense of closure and accomplishment
- SUNY application fee is waived (can apply to up to four SUNY schools
- SUNY Transfer Guarantee Program for A.A. and A.S. degrees
- Some colleges will waive their General Education Requirements for
students with an A.A. or A.S. degree
- Less emphasis placed on high school grades and/or SAT scores for
students who completed their associate degree
Finalize Your Plans
You have done all the necessary planning, now it is time to apply
to your chosen transfer colleges. Generally, the time to apply
is the semester before you plan to transfer, although you may
need to apply earlier in some cases. Since application deadlines
can vary, it is important to plan ahead. In addition to completing
applications, you will need to send copies of your transcripts
and, in some cases, letters of recommendations. For more information
on the application process, click here.