Prepare to Transfer

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On-campus resources

We have an entire self-serve College Research Center located in the Academic Advising and Transfer Center.

Here you can browse:

  • Academic catalogs of all four-year, and many two-year, Michigan colleges.
  • Applications for four-year institutions in Michigan.
  • Viewbooks for a quick read on many Michigan college and university offerings.

You are encouraged to drop by anytime to use these resources as you consider transitioning from GRCC to your next educational goal.

Your transfer track

No matter where you are in the planning process, it's always a great idea to use a transfer checklist to keep you on track toward your goal.

You should apply at least a year in advance to any four-year institution. Be aware that some schools may recommend applying sooner — especially competitive programs that may have an earlier application deadline.

Semester Apply By Registration Begins
Fall Early January Early March
Winter September Early October
Summer December Early/Mid February

Freshman Year: 0-24 credits

  1. If needed, start with Academic Foundations Placement for English, math and/or reading.
  2. Complete general education (MTA) courses and prerequisites for your pathway or major.
  3. Identify transfer schools that have the major(s) you are considering.
    • If you'd like help selecting a major, visit the Counseling and Career Development department.
  4. Meet with an advisor to discuss transfer opportunities, majors, and articulation agreements.
  5. Meet with college representatives on GRCC's campus, or make a trip to visit their campus.
  6. Request applications, college view books, college catalogs and scholarship materials.

High School transcript and ACT/SAT are usually required if transferring after one year

Sophomore Year: 25-62 credits

  1. Complete transfer applications and have official transcripts sent from all colleges attended.
  2. Gather all necessary letters of recommendations.
    • When asking someone to write a letter for you, it is helpful to provide a resume, statement identifying your goal, and copy of your transcript. Also make sure to give them plenty of time to complete a letter.
  3. Complete scholarship applications.
  4. Complete the financial aid form and be sure to include your transfer school.
  5. Submit housing deposit if needed or arrange for off-campus housing.
    • Deadlines are usually January to March for the fall semester.
  6. Attend transfer orientation to prepare class schedule and meet with the major advisor
    • Usually begins in March for the fall semester).
  7. Send final transcript upon completion of all courses at GRCC.

You can transfer with or without a 2 year degree

Junior Year: 62+ credits

GRCC has articulation agreements with colleges across Michigan. These agreements help you transfer more credits into the participating institutions.

We have articulation agreements for selective majors with: 

Contact the schools to learn about your options.

Additional Transfer Information

The following links can also help you in your search for transfer schools, obtaining information about specific programs, and more. You can also explore transfer schools in Michigan.

  • Peterson's Guide – college search, test preparation, and financial aid information.
  • College Board – college quick finder allows you to search nationwide for a college/university using various criteria: cost, location, religious affiliation, athletics and more.
  • U.S. Colleges/Universities – U.S. Universities, Colleges and Community Colleges listed by state provided by the University of Texas at Austin.
  • College Board Online Services – College Board tests (SAT, PSAT, ACT, CLEP, AP), college search engine, tips for applying to college.