Do you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university?
Transfer planning should begin early in your time at Kirtland!
The following steps will be helpful for a successful transfer:
Research potential transfer schools that fit your needs in terms of size, distance from home, housing options, and cost is important! Make sure that the college or university you will transfer to offers the major/degree you plan to study!
- Use the College and University Links to begin finding which transfer schools may be a good fit for you.
Gather information about potential transfer schools
- Meet with college representatives on the Kirtland campus or meet with them virtually to discuss the transfer admission process and ask about degree requirements. Keep records of your discussions and copies of correspondence you send.
- Not sure what to ask the transfer school? Check out the following list of transfer questions.
Learn HOW your Kirtland classes will transfer to meet 1) general education requirements, 2) major coursework, and 3) elective credits.
- Discuss your transfer plans with your Kirtland academic advisor early. Regular academic advising will help you to complete course requirements for a Kirtland certificate/degree while preparing for transfer to the college or university of your choice. Call Student Services at 989-275-5000 ext. 280 to make an appointment.
- If planning to use the Michigan Transfer Agreement, make sure you are taking the appropriate courses.
- Check transfer equivalencies for the courses you take at Kirtland. Transfer equivalency databases can be found on most college/university websites. You can also use MiTransfer.org (watch this video for site help: https://www.mitransfer.org/site-tour )
- Review available transfer and/or articulation agreements. Ask about articulation agreements available at your transfer college/university (agreements between colleges and universities for how classes will transfer).
Contact the admissions offices at transfer schools and visit the campus.
Bring a copy of your unofficial transcript(s) from any colleges you have attended when you visit the campus.
Your unofficial transcript can be accessed through myKirtland:
- Log on to myKirtland -> click on Student tab -> click on Course History page in the left navigation -> Unofficial Transcript portlet -> click on View Unofficial Transcript.
Become familiar with the general education requirements for the transfer school and whether MTA is accepted there.
Use the college catalog at your transfer school to become familiar with the curriculum for your transfer major.
Be aware of the cost of attendance and make a financial plan.
Submit a TRANSFER STUDENT ADMISSIONS APPLICATION 9-12 months before your intended transfer and follow your transfer school’s checklist.
TIP: October is College Application Month in Michigan! Many colleges/universities waive the application fee in October. The FAFSA for the next school year also becomes available.
Know your chosen college’s application requirements and deadlines.
Apply for Financial Aid, listing each institution in which you are interested on your FAFSA.
Inquire about scholarships available to transfer students.
Make housing decisions.
Attend any orientation sessions that are offered by the transfer school.
Click on the following links to connect with websites that may be helpful in your transfer process:
- Michigan Transfer Network: A listing of transfer equivalencies by college/university. If you have a question regarding a specific course equivalency, please contact Renae Klee, Associate Registrar, at [email protected].
- All students starting in Fall 2014 or after follow the Michigan Transfer Agreement.
- Transfer Resources for the Michigan Community College Student: A link to the MACRAO pamphlet outlining transfer resources for community college students.
- Reverse Transfer: Did you transfer to a four-year university before you earned your associate degree? Students now have the option to transfer those university credits back to their community college to complete their associate degree through Reverse Transfer!
- MCANs MICHIGAN INSTITUTION UPDATE page has information on all 84 public and private, 2-year and 4-year colleges in Michigan. Use the tabs at the top right of this page to find institution-specific information.
Is there a question you have that isn’t addressed on our transfer page?
Contact us with your questions or suggestions by sending an email to [email protected].