Every year, tens of thousands of students transfer from one college to another in the middle of their academic careers. The reasons for these transfers can vary, such as changes in academic budgets, openings finally becoming available at a preferred university, students having to move to a new state or dozens of other reasons.
Whatever the reason, if you’re planning to transfer to UCF from a community or state college, there are a few things that you’ll want to keep in mind:
Different Application Processes
UCF’s transfer student application process and its requirements vary a bit from student to student, depending on where they’re transferring from and how many credit hours of coursework they’re carrying over (more on that in a bit).
If you’re transferring with less than 30 credit hours of work, you’ll need to meet the same admission requirements as a first-year student from high school:
- 4 units of English
- 4 units of Math
- 3 units of Natural Science
- 3 units of Social Studies
- 2 sequential units of the same world language
- 2 electives
- Satisfy a minimum GPA requirement and SAT score submission
Plus, you’ll need to have maintained a 2.0 or better GPA on a 4.0 scale in all college-level academic courses that you’ve attempted.
If you’re transferring with more than 30 but less than 60 credit hours of coursework, you’ll need to meet the same GPA requirements as above, AND:
- Have completed at least one English Composition course and one college-level mathematics course, both worth at least 3 or more credit hours;
- Demonstrate competency in a world language or American Sign Language that is equivalent to at least a second year high-school level course (such as German 2, French 2, etc.); and
- Be in good academic standing and eligible to return to your previous institution as a degree-seeking student.
Students with 60+ credit hours of work have to meet the same requirements as above, but must also have completed two courses of college-level English comp. and mathematics (worth 3 or more credit hours each), instead of one each.
International students may be required to meet all of the above requirements for each level of transferred credit, as well as:
- Submitting proof of English proficiency (if English isn’t their first language)
- Submitting immigration documents
- Submitting online applications and Document-by-Document evaluations of coursework from other schools by one of UCF’s approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) companies
How to Verify That Your Credits Will Transfer Over to UCF
One of the things that many students forget to consider until it’s too late is how their current credits will transfer over from their community college to UCF. The thing is, it isn’t always a tidy 1-to-1 rollover. In fact, depending on where you’re transferring from and what degree you’re pursuing, some of your credits might not transfer at all or they might not be counted towards your desired degree.
For example, as noted on the UCF Transfer & Transition Services page (which you should check out), it’s stated that “students transferring from Florida public community or state colleges as well as Florida public universities will have coursework transferred based on a common course number system.” As long as the numbering systems are compatible, course credits may transfer automatically—if you’re transferring from another Florida school. Also, only credits from an Associate of the Arts degree automatically count toward Florida’s General Education Program (GEP) requirements.
So, what if the numbers don’t match up or you’re from an out-of-state school?
It’s in these cases that things get complicated, but not necessarily impossible. It’s just a bit more work and there’s a lower chance of getting full credit.
After acceptance into UCF, you’ll have to undergo a credit transferral process, involving a review of your coursework, to see if your coursework meets UCF’s equivalency standards for their degree requirements.
You’ll also need to contact UCF’s Office of Transfer and Transition services to ensure you retain key records from your community college, including class syllabi, official course descriptions from your college’s institution catalogs and examples of coursework you’ve completed (essays, homework, tests, etc.).
If you’re transferring to UCF from a regionally-accredited foreign institution, your coursework will have to be reviewed through one of UCF’s approved NACES companies. The two listed by UCF are World Education Services and Jose Silny & Associates.
Once your credit hours have been successfully transferred, you’ll probably want to sit down with a faculty member to review your current credits and what you’ll need to do to complete your degree—this typically includes 36 hours of general education credits, 48 of upper-division coursework credits and 30 hours of UCF-specific coursework credits for residency requirements.
Where You’re Going to Live Post-Transfer
You should review your living situation well before you start going to class at UCF. If you’re transferring from a nearby community college, such as Valencia College, and had off-campus housing near that school, the same housing might work if it’s also close to UCF.
However, if you’re transferring from further away (or went to one of the rare community colleges to have dormitories), you might need to start hunting for student housing closer to UCF.
It’s important to hash out this detail as soon as possible after getting notified of your acceptance to UCF. The earlier you start your housing hunt, the better off you’ll be.
What and Where You’re Going to Eat
Finding a good place to consistently get a meal can be tough and expensive as a college student. Food plans, whether from your student housing provider or your campus’ own dining halls, can ensure you get consistent meals, but it’s also important to check out what kind of meals you’ll be getting—especially if you have dietary restrictions due to medical conditions or religious beliefs.
Before settling on a food plan, be sure to ask about what kind of meals are the staple for the plan and if they offer alternatives for students with medical or religious-based diet restrictions.
If you plan on eating off-campus frequently, be sure to set aside a lot of money each month for those costs. A $5 meal at a fast-food joint sounds cheap, but if you do it 2-3 times a day, seven days a week, it adds up fast (around $375/month if you average 2.5 meals/day).
These are just a few of the things that you’ll want to keep in mind when you transfer to UCF from a community college or any other institution. For more advice, tips and tricks for dealing with college life at UCF, check out our other resources!