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The Common App for transfer Quick Start Guide

Whether you are graduating from a two-year college, seeking to switch to another four-year college, or returning to college to complete a degree, transferring can be an important step on your path to success. The Common Application for transfer simplifies the process of applying to member colleges. You start by selecting the programs you wish to apply to, then you submit one application that includes all necessary materials. Once received by Common App for transfer, your application and materials are transmitted to all of your selected programs. 

Use these tips and best practices as you start your application to ensure you're off to a good start.

  • Click here to start your application (if you applied in the 2019-2020 cycle, click here to review your application). If you need to create a new account, watch this video.  
  • Get acquainted with the system. After creating your Common App for transfer account, the first thing you should do is get acquainted with the application and all the information you can find there.
  • Add programs to your list. A good place to get started with your application is adding the programs you want to apply to. Use the Add Program page to search for different programs using criteria that is important to you. Adding programs is easy as clicking the plus icon. 
  • Review requirements. As you begin adding programs to your application and start getting organized, it's important to review each program's specific requirements. Are there prerequisites? Do you need to include a full transcript? Our Common App for transfer Requirement Grid helps pinpoint common program requirements.
  • Gather materials. It's important to gather any materials you might need as you complete your application, such as standardized test scores, a list of your achievements, and your transcripts. Having these materials on hand will make things quicker and easier when you begin your application. 
  • Learn about recommenders. Each college or university determines whether they require a recommender to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Check with your program to determine their recommendation requirements. 
  • Stay on top of deadlines. On the Submit Application page, you can sort your programs by deadline so you can prioritize and organize your work. 
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