Every institution has a slightly different application process. It's important to research and know how to apply to each institution you are thinking about transferring to.
Here are a few, simple steps to help you start the process:
Step 1: Research Deadlines. There are a lot of different types of deadlines:
- Application Deadlines. The date by which you should apply to the institution.
- Priority Application Deadlines. An earlier application deadline, often used by competitive institutions, that indicates you are really interested in that institution.
- Rolling Admissions. This means there is no formal deadline, and you can apply any time, often up until the first day of classes (we don't recommend doing that, though!).
- Financial Aid Deadlines. The date by which you should apply for Financial Aid, with best consideration for scholarships and institutional aid.
- Special Admission Deadlines. There are also deadlines for applying for special programs, like MTAP or TSA.
- Housing Deadlines. Want to live on campus? Pay attention to this deadline! Housing may not be available if you don't apply by the deadline.
Knowing the deadlines, and applying by them, may mean the difference between being admitted and not getting in.
Step 2: Know what Application Components are required.
- Application. All institutions will require you to complete an application, but what is included in that application may differ among institutions.
- Additional documents: Some institutions may require letters of recommendation, a resume, or an essay.
- Transcript. All institutions will also require you to submit a transcript, usually from all previously attended colleges. Others may require a high school transcript. You may also need to submit copies of SAT, AP, IB, or other exams.
- Residency Form. Part of the application may be a Maryland Residency Form, which is required to receive in-state tuition.
- Major-Specific Requirements. Some majors - like Music or Art - may require a supplemental application that includes a portfolio, an interview or an audition.
- Transferring Prior to 24-30 credits. Most institutions require students with less than 24 college-level credits (this may differ from 12 - 30 credits) to submit high school grades and your SAT/ACT scores. Check with the individual institution you are applying to for more information.
Step 3: Distinct Population Applicants. Some students will need to take additional steps when applying, such as:
- International Students: There are probably very specific requirements for applying as an international student, including submitting additional financial forms, an English-language proficiency score, and an international transcript evaluation.
- Student Athletes: Work with your coach or advisor to submit all necessary paperwork relating to eligibility, scholarships, academic standing, etc.
- Military Students: When you apply, submit a copy of your Joint Services Transcript, and any TA or GI Bill information, to ensure timely admission and financial obligations.
- High School Dual Enrollment Students: More than likely, you will be applying as a freshman. Please check with the institution to confirm. You will be required to submit your HS transcript and your SAT/ACT scores.
Step 4: Apply. Seems simple, but remember that you must complete your application for it to be reviewed. Most applications are online. Universal applications - like the Transfer Common Application - allow you to apply to multiple institutions at once (make sure to complete each supplemental component, though). Other institutions use the Coalition Application, which also allows you to apply to multiple institutions at once. And others use their own application. However you have to apply, make sure you do it correctly!
Step 5: Pay the Application Fee. Most applications are not free, they require you to pay. You may be eligible for an application fee waiver; ask the admissions representative from an institution if you qualify. Fees may be waived by attending an event, being a member of Phi Theta Kappa, or because of an articulation agreement MC has with the school.
Step 6: Apply for Financial Aid. No matter what, if you are able to, complete the FAFSA form and submit it to all institutions you are applying for. Your eligibility changes when you enroll at a four-year institutions, so just because you may not have been eligible at MC doesn't mean you aren't at the four-year. And, while you are at it, apply for scholarships as well. But don't forget to pay attention to the deadlines!
Step 7: Log into your School Account. Almost all institutions manage the application process through a school account, like MyMC. Make sure you register your account, and check in routinely, to see if you are missing items, or when/if an admission decision is made. This is typically also where your transfer credits will be posted, and your financial aid package will be shown.
Step 8: Accept your admission. If you get admitted, make sure you accept the offer. This may require you to pay a deposit. If you applied to more than one institution, make sure to deny any offers you aren't going to accept. Admission decisions are usually sent via email - so check daily!
Step 9: Send a final transcript. You most likely are applying to a school before you've finished your education at MC. That's okay, but remember to send a final transcript, after your grades have been posted and a degree conferred, so that you get all your credits transferred. You can request an electronic MC transcript via MyMC.