Transferring made easy
By Nathan Pisano – Photo By Brad Bakke
Transferring can be easy, so long as students know what they are doing.
“It is important that students understand the big picture,” Blanca Aguirre said.
Aguirre is a counselor who has been at Chemeketa since 2011.
Students might want to consider two quick questions:
“What do you want to do?”
“How long do you plan to be here at Chemeketa?”
Once answered, it’s far easier for students to set up an education plan that will help them succeed in college.
Aguirre has put together lists, both for students and counselors, to assist in the transfer process.
The student list is called a transfer timeline. It provides steps that must be taken each term to ensure an efficient transfer.
According to the timeline, it is never too early to start thinking about where to go next because universities vary in admission requirements.
“Some universities will accept students with a minimum number of credits to meet the transfer admission application,” Aguirre said.
“For example, Western Oregon would accept a student as a sophomore with 36 credits, as long as the classes taken are basic courses for that school. This works well for students who are only planning to be at Chemeketa for one year.”
Meet with a counselor at least once per term;
Ask the counselor questions;
Set up an education plan;
Know what university you want to attend;
Know your major, or work on general education requirements until you figure it out; and
Always have a Plan B.
In addition to providing students with these tips and the transfer timeline, Chemeketa offers CG 225, Understanding the Four-Year College Transition to its students.
“CG 225 is a great class,” Tiffany Borden, a counselor at Chemeketa, said.
One common way Chemeketa students meet their general education requirements is through an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, which requires at least 90 credit hours completed at Chemeketa.
“AAOT has lots of benefits,” Aguirre said. “It is a transfer block; it is an agreement that we have with four-year public schools. You are guaranteed junior standing, and it’s guaranteed that you have met your general education requirements.
“Every university has different basic requirements, and the AAOT protects students by giving them a variety of general education requirements that will help them get in anywhere.”
While the AAOT can help students become major-ready, they still need to be proactive and work toward their specific major in addition to their general requirements.
This is not to say that the AAOT is the only transfer degree available to Chemeketa students.
If prospective transfer students wish to attend Chemeketa for only one year, they have the ability to attain an Oregon Transfer Module, another general education degree that will transfer students to a sophomore level.
Whatever path students take, Aguirre recommends that they look at all of their options and know what is required for each.
“Understanding what options you have as a transfer student, understanding the transfer, just looking at the big picture and understanding what it all entails to get a Bachelor’s Degree is important,” Aguirre said. “And also, very important, is understanding what you plan to do with your major.”