Make leap from 2- to 4-year school

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Consult TRAC but also do homework, transfer guru says.

By Tyrin Bradley

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

As sophomores undertake their final semester at this college, the next step for some will be to transfer to a four-year university.

But transferable credits dramatically vary by university, and the task of transferring can prove daunting.

To help make the process as smooth as possible, transfer adviser Cassandra Segura gave some advice and resources.

Always be proactive and persistent, Segura said, noting that numerous universities change the courses that are accepted as transferable — sometimes per semester.

“The equivalency guides are different,” said environmental biology sophomore Hillary de la O, a prospective Texas A&M University-San Antonio transfer.

“For instance, UTSA accepts more (transfer classes) than smaller schools with a limited amount of degree plans,” she said.

To stay abreast of these changes, Segura urges students to meet with an adviser on a regular basis.

“Once a semester … at minimum, (once) every other semester,” Segura said.

Students also should double-check requirements by going “to the source,” she added.

With universities changing their transfer requirements so frequently, it’s a good practice for students to keep up with university requirements as it is virtually impossible for advisers to be aware of every change that occurs, she said.

This can be done by using SAC TRAC on this college’s website at www.alamo.edu/sac/transfer-center/.

SAC TRAC, short for San Antonio College Transfer and Career Center, offers a plethora of tools and information for prospective transfer students.

They can find resources such as an agenda to follow to ensure a smooth transfer, a calendar of universities visiting this campus and, in conjunction with transfer101.org, direct links to several Texas universities that display current lists of classes that will transfer from this college.

Segura said she believes students who put these actions into practice will be better prepared to transition from this college to a four-year university.

For more information, students can visit TRAC on the first floor of Moody Learning Center.

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