The key to successfully transferring is to start early and plan ahead. This planning page is designed to help you along the transfer path. Transfer center counselors are available to help you with any and all of the steps along the way.
Learn about the transfer program.
Soon after you arrive on campus, you should stop by the college's transfer center. You can set up an appointment with one of the transfer center counselors to discuss your goals and familiarize yourself with the process. Appointments are available by calling 610-607-6245 or stopping by Berks Hall, Room 209.
Explore your career options.
Many community colleges, including RACC, offer a variety of general education courses that allow you to explore different fields to help you determine a career path. The college also offers career counseling services through the Career Services office.
Research four-year colleges and universities.
RACC has several transfer agreements in place with local four-year schools that may be helpful in your search. However, RACC credits transfer to institutions across the country, so do not hesitate to contact a transfer counselor for advice if you are interested in a school not on this list. Make sure the school you are interested in offers your major, and also check things like tuition, location and other features important to you. These websites may be helpful in your search: PHEAA Mentor, CollegeBoard and Princeton Review.
Decide on a major/career path and choose your courses.
Selecting a major is an important step in the process. Once you decide on a major, a transfer counselor can help you identify the necessary courses for that program that will be eligible for transfer credits.
Narrow your list of selected schools.
Consider visiting your top choices. Often the best way to get a sense of campus life is to experience it directly. Many institutions offer open houses where you can meet with faculty, current students and even sit in on a class.
Apply for admission and look for financial aid.
Once you have selected a school for transfer, visit their admissions website to review all of the criteria and deadlines. This is also a good time to check the financial aid page of the website since many schools offer scholarships specifically for transfer students as well as merit-based and need-based awards.