Transfer 101 - Your Next Step Starts Here

Making the jump from JCJC to a four-year university is easier than you think.  Whether you are a high-school student or currently attending JCJC, this portal provides a wealth of resources that will walk you through the process step-by-step.

Find the right Mississippi university!

So, you want to transfer?  How do you do it?  Determining where you want to go to school isn't always easy, but it's one of the most important decisions you'll make. 

Where do you want to go? Ask yourself: What is my career goal? Which major will most help me succeed at that? Not sure?  Then try to complete "the basics," called core curriculum classes, while you attend JCJC.  You'll save time that you can use later to help you decide your focus. Learn why the first step you take may be the most important.

Talk to an Advisor at Jones!

We can't stress this too much; for transfer advising, you should meet with your advisor every semester to ensure you are on track for your goal.  Advisors are available to answer your questions and help you determine the best path to complete your associate and bachelor degrees and beyond.  Contact them early in your college career to check your options.  Learn more about how advisors can help you determine your route and make informed decisions about your classes.

Financial Aid

There are many forms of financial assistance available, including scholarships (university, transfer, major, etc), grants, loans and GI Bill.  You may quality for more than one.  Plus, there are other ways to save on costs while getting your education.  Explore the financial assistance options available to you.

Apply and Transfer!

It's the last step, and getting ready to transfer is as easy as 1, 2, 3!  Are you ready?  Congratulations!  Be sure to get the last-minute tools you'll need before you apply. See information below.

Talk to an Advisor at the University

The University that you choose to attend will have a center with advisors to help you make decisions and answer all your questions.  Contact them in person, by phone, or by e-mail to make an appointment.  After you have met with your advisor in person, future meetings and follow-up questions can usually be handled by e-mail.

Advisors will answer your questions and assist you with:
Admissions
Financial aid and scholarships
Transfer coursework  
Joint admissions program


Core Curriculum

If you complete all your core curriculum classes at JCJC, this core curriculum will substitute for the core curriculum at any public college or university in Mississippi.  That means you don't have to take it twice!  Talk with your advisor on which classes to take now while you can!
If you did not meet the freshman requirements for the university that you want to transfer to, you must complete the core courses listed below and earn an overall 2.0 GPA on all hours attempted.  Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted.You must successfully complete the following 24 hours of college work at a regionally accredited college:

6 hours of English composition
3 hours of college algebra or higher level mathematics
6 semester hours of laboratory science
9 semester hours of transferable electives

Comparison Shop

There are many factors to consider when choosing a four-year college.  Do you want to attend a private or public college?  Do you prefer a large or small campus?  Do you want to travel or stay close to home?  Ask yourself:
What are my goals and interests?  Do I know what I want to major in?
Does the college I'm considering offer a good program in my major?  Does it offer me career counseling if I don't yet know what field to study?
What is the reputation of the college I'm considering?  How will that affect my career goals?
How does the university I want to attend handle transfer students and does it offer them financial aid?  Will I have to retake courses when I transfer?
Do I want to live on campus? Do I want to join a sorority or fraternity, participate in athletics or learn to be a leader?
To help narrow down your choices, you might want to use a comparison chart.

What will College Cost?

You can find the cost of universities in Mississippi and their average costs at www.mississippi.edu.
A Financial Aid Calculator gives you a prediction of what it might cost and how much aid you might receive.
Remember: The federal application for federal student aid (FAFSA) can cover tuition and living expenses.

Looking for other ways to reduce costs?

1. Explore your options. There may be a less expensive school that offers your degree.
2. Look for transfer agreements. Fewer classes to take means less cost to you.
3. Check with your parents to make sure they're getting all those tax credits.
4. Remember that military service offers education benefits.
5. Remember that transfer and department scholarships are available.
6. Look for a job on the university campus.

How to Choose a major at a university

Look at the list of undergraduate majors.
Print out the list of undergraduate majors and cross off the ones you know you're not interested in.  If you can narrow it from over 100 down to 10 or 20, you've really accomplished something.  Follow the links for information about the remaining majors, including admission and graduation requirements, to further investigate.

Talk with department or college advisers.
Department or college advisers are some of the best resources on campus because their knowledge of their department spans the continuum from minute details about degree requirements, faculty, and courses (e.g., "That course is only offered every other year, and you never want to take it at the same time as this class.")  They can help you form a picture of what faculty in that major like and want and what students in that major like and want.

Talk with faculty in that major.
Perhaps you're thinking of majoring in an area you're taking a class in this semester.  Go to office hours and talk to your instructor about his or her interests and background in the discipline.  Remember that this person has dedicated his or her life to this subject, to its advancement and its dissemination.  That's pretty powerful.  If anyone could give you the bird's eye view of that major, a faculty member can.  If you're not in a class with someone, ask the department adviser who to talk with.  Faculty are busy, but they will be pleased that you are interested in something they're interested in.

Talk with students already declared in the major.
To get the ultimate insider's view, talk with other students.  Find out what drew them to the major, what they hope to do in the future, and what the good opportunities are.
Talk with family and friends.
People who have known you for many years and who know you well may have some insights that you yourself might not be aware of!

Assess your academic strengths.
Many majors have competitive admission.  Do you do well in coursework required by majors that interest you?  Your chances for success are greatly enhanced if you choose a subject you enjoy and do well in.  This is one reason (there are others) you shouldn't postpone taking math and science courses if you are considering science majors.  You need to discover early on whether you enjoy these subjects and do well in them in college. 


Take the personality tests offered at the Jones SSC

The Student Success Center offers Interest Inventory tests which may shed light onto your academic interests.  You may learn something new about yourself, may confirm what you already knew about yourself, or perhaps see things from a different perspective.  In any case, it is fun to hear the interpretations.