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Transfer Center Frequently Asked Questions

I heard I can get a bachelor degree at SLCC. Is that true?
SLCC, in coordination with other 4-year institutions, offers a limited number of evening bachelor programs at SLCC campuses/sites.

Do I need to take a foreign language to get into a university?
Going directly from high school to a university does require foreign language for most university admissions. However, if you are a "transfer student" with 30 or more college credits, you are no longer required to have a foreign language and your admissions is based  on your college cumulative GPA and (if required) an essay, letters of recommendation, and an interview.

I completed the General Studies AS degree but I still don't know what to major in when I transfer. Is that a problem?
Four year institutions would like you "decided" when you arrive. Take advantage of SLCC's career and major planning options as well as those available at four year institutions.

How can I know the classes I take at SLCC will transfer?
The Utah State Board of Regents policy states that all courses numbered 1000 and higher will transfer to public Utah institutions with appropriate grades. How those courses count toward graduation requirements for a bachelor degree is a more important question, which requires ongoing planning with academic advisors at 2 and 4-year institutions. Be proactive by meeting with an SLCC advisor and advisors at 4-year schools; explore majors if you are undecided; attend transfer activities at SLCC and other institutions; and use articulation agreements, majors sheets, catalogs and institution web sites for planning.

Once I have earned my AS, AA or APE transfer degree am I guaranteed to get into my major at a university?
Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution's requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and your intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

How long will it take me to finish my bachelor degree after I transfer?
It depends on how many courses you can take in a semester to finish the remaining required courses (about 45 credits if required freshman and sophomore courses have been completed along with General Education). A few majors will require full-time attendance while others can be completed on a part-time basis.

I have a lot of W's (Withdrawals). Is that a problem?
Some selective majors and graduate programs review the number of W's. An on-going pattern of W's semester after semester could be viewed as a potential problem without appropriate explanation.

I have bad grades at another college and want to start over. Do I have to report that I attended that school?
Yes, you must report all institutions previously attended and provide a transcript.

What happens if I don't report all the previous schools I attended?
It could be construed as academic fraud and admissions or a degree could be rescinded.

Can I change my major after I transfer?
Yes, but the courses taken for one major may not apply toward graduation requirements in another major, thereby increasing the amount of time to graduate. Always consult an advisor.

When do I apply to transfer?
Begin the transfer process about 6-9 months prior to the semester you want to attend. This will give time for admissions acceptance, orientation, registration, and any other department requirements to be met in a timely manner.

I repeated a class. What will that mean for my transcript?
You may repeat a course for which you received a low grade, but you should know that repeating courses might affect federal financial aid and the time it takes to complete a program of study. Repeated courses are automatically processed on your student record and marked with an "E" (exclude) in the repeat column on the transcript. Courses so marked are excluded from the GPA calculation, however all grades remain on the student transcript. The highest grade received in the course will be marked with "I" (included) in the repeat column on the transcript and are calculated in your cumulative GPA. Only one repeated course may be included in the total credit hours earned toward graduation.
Students who repeated courses prior to 2002 will need to complete a Repeated Class Notification form, which may be faxed to the Office of the Registrar and Academic Records at 801-957-4961.

When is SLCC's graduation application deadline?
Posting of graduation is not automatic. Yes, you do have to apply to have your degree posted to your SLCC transcript. It is helpful to apply by the dates posted by the Graduation Office. This allows the Graduation Office make sure you will have completed all your requirements. The Graduation Office will accept late applications. Students graduate from SLCC every semester, but the graduation ceremony is once a year in May. Diplomas are mailed to students 6-8 weeks after final grades are posted.

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