Pre-Transfer Advising Topics

Empowering YOU along your transfer pathway!

What to expect during your appointment: 

  • Comprehensive review of UMBC programs and UMBC community
  • Program-specific highlights
  • Introduction to financial aid and scholarship opportunities
  • Review of the application process
  • Review of your coursework history and discussion regarding additional prerequisites and recommended courses 
  • Discussion about transfer policies and expectations, such as the number of transferrable credits and remaining coursework applicable to degree completion

Plan out your pre-advising meeting using these questions as a guide:

Personalize the following list of benefits with your pre-transfer advisor:

  • Enhancement of coursework, certificates and/or degrees received at the 2-year institution
  • Further development of interests, knowledge, skills, and experiences
  • Expansion of career options and opportunities
  • Exploration of applied career-related experiences
  • Attainment of a bachelor’s degree
  • Preparation for possible graduate study

Explore the following list of topics with your advisor:

  • Gateway courses and academic policies (e.g., course repeat policies)
  • Articulation (the way courses transfer between 2-year and 4-year institutions)
    • State-wide articulation systems (ARTSYS)
    • Articulation agreements between particular institutions
    • Use Transfer Central to explore how your credits will transfer and how much progress you’ve already made toward a degree at UMBC. (Be sure to create a login so you will be able to save your profile and discuss your progress at future advising appointments) 


After reflecting on these questions, set up your pre-transfer advising appointment today!