Northwest College

Transfer Information

Common Roadblocks for Transfer Students

Reasons Why Students Do Not Transfer Successfully

Failure to Plan
Many students are rejected for admission or lose financial aid because they fail to meet deadlines. Transferring to another institution is important - so take the time to plan for it. Ask for assistance as needed.

Choosing the "Wrong" Courses
Many transfer colleges and universities require specific courses. Students often take a math, an English, or a course in their major only to discover it is the "wrong" course at the transfer institution. Students should work with their academic advisors to select courses that will meet transfer requirements at their chosen transfer institution.

Changing Majors
Students who change majors often need to take additional courses. Students who change their major when they transfer may find some of their credits do not count toward their chosen degree. It is not because the credits don't transfer, but because the credits don't fit the new major at the transfer institution, the credits may only be counted as electives. Recognize that changing a major may increase the number of credits needed to complete a degree.

Failure to Decide
You may not know where you want to transfer until the semester you graduate, but if you don't explore your options early in your academic career at NWC, you may not have many transfer options. Choose at least two or three possible transfer institutions and start your research.

Lack of Connection
Form relationships with admissions and financial aid personnel, and faculty advisors at your transfer college or university. Let them know you are truly interested in their institution and the department that fits your major.

Think Past Graduation
Know where you want to go and what you want to do after your last class at Northwest College. Have a pathway to success and use the NWC and Project Succeed resources that are available.

Build Your Leadership Skills
Learn outside the classroom. Having the opportunity for a continuous, one-on-one relationship with an advocate for your success models essential critical-thinking and decision-making skills. Many scholarships ask about leadership and volunteer opportunities you have engaged in at NWC.


Shannon Lusk
Career and Transfer Associate TRiO