Academics

Transfer Preparation


Students currently enrolled at Minnesota West Community & Technical College should:

  1. Discuss plans with the campus transfer specialist.

  2. Review the information on the Minnesota Transfer website

  3. Review the Transfer Action Plan to help with the transfer process.
  4. Call or visit intended transfer college.

  5. Obtain the following materials and information: college catalog, transfer brochure, course syllabi, information on admissions criteria and on materials required for admission (e.g., portfolio, transcripts, test scores).

  6. Review these materials and make an appointment to talk with an advisor/ counselor. Bring a current college transcript for the admission counselor, transfer specialist and department advisor to review.


Understanding How Transfer Works

  1. The receiving college or university decides which credits transfer and whether those credits meet its degree requirements. The accreditation of both the sending and the receiving institution can affect the transfer of the credits earned.

  2. Institutions accept credits from courses and programs like those they offer. They look for similarity in course goals, content, and level. “Like” transfers to “like.”

  3. Not everything that transfers counts toward graduation. Baccalaureate degree programs usually count credits in three categories: general education, major/minor courses and prerequisites, and electives.

  4. If student changes career goals or major, they may be able to complete all degree requirements within the usual number of graduation credits.

  5. Students should apply for transfer admission as early as possible and prior to the deadlines. They should enclose application fees and other required documents.

  6. Students who have not heard from the intended college of transfer after one month should call or check on the application’s status.

  7. The transfer college will send a written report of which courses transfer and which do not. How courses specifically meet degree requirements may not be determined until students attend orientation or choose a major.

  8. Students who have questions about evaluation should call the college and speak with the transfer specialist. If not satisfied, student may appeal.


Your Rights as a Transfer Student

  1. A clear, understandable statement of an institution’s transfer policy.

  2. A fair credit review and an explanation of why credits were or were not accepted.

  3. A copy of the formal appeals process.

  4. A review, on request, of student eligibility for financial aid or scholarships.