Transfer Advising

From TSJC to Four-Year Schools

Attending a two-year community college is an excellent way to begin your college career. Many Trinidad State Junior College students plan to move on to a four-year college. Some students may not plan on it right away, but end up deciding to transfer later. If you are considering transferring to another university or college, transfer services are available. The process is not as complicated as you think. The Student Success Center on the Trinidad Campus or Learning Center on the Valley Campus can help you learn about transfer options and support you as you develop your transfer plan.

We suggest you start planning as soon as you know your degree goal. Our purpose is to increase the total number of students completing an associate’s degree and obtaining a bachelor’s degree. We offer many services to help you transfer to a two- or four-year college—from what courses to take, to finding and visiting your top choice schools, to filling out the right paperwork—we’re here to help.

Transfer Advisors:

The transfer advisor is the best person to meet with about transfer requirements. While all core courses and degrees that meet the pathway requirements will transfer, certain schools have specific electives that are required and if the student can take those equivalent classes at TSJC, it will make transferring more efficient.

  • Johnathan Montoya
    Trinidad Campus Transfer Advisor:

    Office: Library 207B
    Hours: Subject to change. To make an appointment, please call (719-846-5623) or email Email
  • Juliana Chaparro
    Valley Campus Transfer Advisor:

    Office: Learning Center 221
    Hours: Subject to change. To make an appointment, please call (719-589-7031) or email Email

Planning is the key to a successful transfer to a four-year baccalaureate program. Begin researching as soon as possible during your time at Trinidad State Junior College: Below you will find links to transfer information for some of the major 4-year public institutions in Colorado:

The sooner you decide on a major at the four-year college you want to attend, the easier it will be to plan a program at Trinidad State Junior College. You should not wait until your last semester at TSJC to make decisions.

Steps to Successful Transfer

  1. Visit the Student Success Center (LIB 207) on the Trinidad Campus or the Learning Center (221) on the Valley Campus to take tests, explore possible majors, and find out more about areas that interest you.
  2. Search for colleges that offer your area of interest and learn how to use each school’s online resources to access the accurate information needed. If you need assistance in this task, make use of the transfer advisor, who will help you in the confusing world of navigating college websites. Create a plan with your academic advisor.
  3. Make use of transfer tours and visits from representatives of the 4-year colleges. The transfer advisor usually makes at least two visits to schools per semester-keep an eye out on student e-mails and the TSJC Facebook page for information on these visits. Also, many schools have advisors that make regular visits and TSJC hosts a transfer fair at least once a year. Go to these and ask questions!
  4. Sign up for the transfer and foundation scholarships available from many of the 4-year schools. The sooner you apply for them, the more money you may get if you end up attending that college. March 1st is the deadline for scholarship applications to most Colorado colleges. Be prepared to submit your application as well as any other required material well before the March 1st scholarship deadline.
  5. While working on your program at TSJC, visit with the transfer advisor regularly as well as your TSJC academic advisor to help familiarize yourself with the whole application process. They can also help you change majors and make up any courses you will need to transfer.
  6. Be aware of deadlines and submit applications by these dates! Preferred fall admissions consideration deadlines are usually in mid to late spring; however, keep in mind that to be considered for scholarships, you must be admitted to the school. As a general rule, you should apply for admission by no later than the scholarship deadline (March 1st).