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Plan your transfer from North Central

Below are a few helpful steps to help you plan a successful transfer.

  • Schedule a meeting with your North Central advisor.  Make sure you ask about articulation agreements and transfer guides.

  • Verify that your transfer school preference actually offers the program you'd like to study. Look through transfer process information and make sure you note the rate of tuition. We also suggest compare the pros and cons of each of your transfer options.

  • Identify college of choice (transfer institution). Does the college offer your chosen major/minor?

  • Contact transfer institution admission office or advisor (email, campus visit, etc.) and request the following information:

    • Transfer and other requirements (e.g. housing arrangements)

    • Scholarships available and your procedures

    • Information on how your courses will transfer

    • Suggestions of courses or requirements to fulfill prior to enrollment

    • Sequencing of program or prerequisite classes

    • Which assessments are required

    • Professional program requirements (e.g. Allied Health, Education, etc.)

    • Deadlines to meet

  • Visit transfer institution campus — schedule appointment, special transfer days, virtual tours

  • Create “timeline for success” list when the steps below need to be completed.

  • Find out transfer institutions application and scholarship deadlines.

  • Discuss reverse transfer options, MACRAO, degree audits.

Apply early for admission at your preferred school. There may be an admission fee.

To Start Classes:

Apply By:

Registration Begins:

Fall Semester

Early January

Early March

Winter Semester


Early October

Summer Semester


Early/Mid February


  • Request that all required documents be sent to the transfer institution, such as AP and CLEP scores, plus official transcripts from each of your previously attended institutions.  There may be fees charged. 
  • Send copy of your North Central transcript.
  • Request transcripts sent from all other previous colleges/universities.
  • If you'd like, apply for financial aid and/or scholarships at your preferred school.
  • If you’re transferring mid-year and have already filed the FAFSA, you must open your FAFSA form online and add your preferred school’s code.  Loans don’t transfer from school to school so it may take some time to get your funding secured at your new school.  Be sure to inform North Central’s financial aid office of your transfer so that future financial aid will be cancelled and aid at your new school can be established.
  • Follow-up with transfer institution to make sure they received all documents.
  • Apply for graduation – North Central’s Commencement is the last day of the Winter Semester.

  • Review acceptance notification from transfer institution and confirm acceptance.
  • Have final transcript sent showing your grades for your last semester classes. 
  • Review transfer credit evaluation from the transfer institution.
  • Follow transfer institution’s admitted student checklist which may include the following: orientation, advising, web ID, email placement testing, housing, etc.
  • Register and attend courses.

College and University Transfer Information

Learn what the course equivalencies are, how to transfer to another institution, and what degrees are offered at other Michigan colleges and universities.

Transfer Destinations

Transfer Student Spotlight

Female student smiling

"North Central was the first step on the path that led me to where I am today. I made lifelong connections, got to know and enjoy all that is offered in Petoskey, and my first two and a half years of college were completely debt-free, with almost no money out of my pocket. Because of North Central, I was able to obtain a four-year degree from Grand Valley State University while only paying for a year and a half."

—Haylie Hasse