From Trinidad State to Four-Year Schools
Attending a two-year community college is an excellent way to begin your college career. Many Trinidad State 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.
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 Trinidad State, it will make transferring more efficient.
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 College. Below you will find links to transfer information for some of the major 4-year public institutions in Colorado:
- ASU (Adams State University)
- Ft. Lewis College
- CSU Ft Collins (Colorado State University-Ft. Collins)
- CSU Pueblo (Colorado State University-Pueblo)
- CU (University of Colorado)
- UCCS (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)
- UCD (University of Colorado, Denver)
- UNC (University of Northern Colorado)
- MSU Denver (Metropolitan State University)
- CMU (Colorado Mesa University)
- WSCU (Western State Colorado University)
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 College. You should not wait until your last semester at Trinidad State to make decisions.
Steps to Successful Transfer
- Visit the Student Success Center (LIB 207) on the Trinidad Campus or the Learning Center (202) on the Valley Campus to take tests, explore possible majors, and find out more about areas that interest you.
- 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.
- 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.
- While working on your program at Trinidad State, visit with the transfer advisor regularly as well as your Trinidad State 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.
- 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).
- Affordable Colleges Online
A comprehensive College Transfer guide that helps to identify colleges, degree programs, scholarship opportunities and more that fit your academic and financial wants and needs.
Transferology shows how courses you have taken or plan to take transfer to another college or university for credit.
- My Next Move
My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options.
- NCAA Transfer Information:
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a member-led organization dedicated to the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes. This site will help make the transition to your next school a smooth one so you may continue your education and, at the same time, continue to participate in your sport.
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- Western Governor's University
WGU - Community College Partner Graduate Benefits of Transferring
- Colorado Department of Higher Education Transfer Agreements
These agreements allow you to graduate from a community college with a 60-credit Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree, enroll with junior status at a university and complete the bachelor’s degree in no more than an additional 60 credits (for a total of 120 credits).
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