Transfer Tips: From WCTC to a Four-Year Institution

Whether just beginning to explore the transfer process or selecting a school, understanding the basics can make the process run much smoother. And it's important to start the transfer process sooner rather than later.

Clarify Your Needs

Students have different needs, interests, personal obligations and career goals that impact and influence their choice in schools. Before embarking on a school search, some important considerations include:

  • Career goals
  • Delivery mode (traditional classroom, online, accelerated, hybrid, evening or weekend)
  • Location (urban, suburban or rural setting)
  • Flexibility, including full- and part-time options
  • School size
  • Cost
  • Campus housing options
  • Extracurricular activities

Identify Potential Transfer Schools

When determining which schools are best for your needs, be mindful of:

  • Majors offered. Which universities offer degrees in your area of study? If you are unsure, contact your academic advisor.
  • Transfer agreements. Find out which schools WCTC has transfer agreements with. This enables graduates to transfer specific credits, often at junior-level standing, to a four-year institution.
  • Specific courses that transfer from WCTC to the UW-System. Utilize the Transfer Information System (TIS), which is maintained by the University of Wisconsin System, and offers UW and Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) students the ability to see how their credits will transfer.

Contact Prospective Four-Year Schools

Colleges and universities often have specific admissions requirements and policies for transfer students. By joining a school's mailing list and connecting with the transfer admissions counselor helps keep you abreast of the school's admissions requirements.

Be sure to ask questions of the transfer admissions counselor to find out details about:

  • School accreditation
  • Tuition and related costs
  • Average class size
  • Student demographics
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Math and/or science requirements
  • Maximum number of transferable credits
  • Maximizing credit transfer to avoid losing credits
  • Financial aid options, including scholarship availability
  • Withdrawing/repeating classes and the impact on transfer opportunities
  • Application deadlines for fall and spring entrance (Program starts - fall and spring semesters)
  • Minimum grade point average to be accepted into college (GPA guidelines for program entry - cumulative/degree GPA)
  • Admission requirements (High school transcripts, personal statement, transcripts from all colleges previously attended, financial aid information, letters of recommendation, entrance exam scores)

Prepare Application Materials

Once you decide on which school(s) you are applying to, pay particular attention to their application deadlines. Some schools admit students throughout the year, while others have clear cut-off dates. Be sure to submit your financial aid application during the process to help plan for financing.


Please contact your Academic Advisor with additional questions regarding the transfer process.