Transfer Information More Information Jeremy Belanger Director of Transfer and Student Advising 906.217.4014 800.221.2001 906.217.1609 Fax firstname.lastname@example.org Bay College Admissions Office 2001 N Lincoln Road Escanaba, MI 49829 Transferring Credit from Other Institutions A student may request that credits earned at another institution be transferred to Bay College. The student must submit an official transcript to Bay College which will be evaluated to determine which credits will transfer and which course requirements are fulfilled by those credits. Only courses with a grade of "C" or higher will be considered for transfer. No credits will be transferred unless the student is officially admitted at Bay College. Transferring Credit to Other Institutions Students may send Bay College transcripts to other institutions and request transfer of credits to that school. No educational institution is obligated to accept Bay College credits. Students must follow transfer guidelines as established by other institutions. Course Equivalencies For course by course equivalencies within Michigan colleges and universities, the MACRAO website at www.macrao.org hosts the Michigan Transfer Network website which provides quick and easy data on how your Bay course(s) will transfer within Michigan institutions. In addition, this website provides course equivalencies and transfer guides by clicking on "Michigan College Home Pages", select "Transfer Equivalencies" on the college or university posting. For students transferring out of state, please contact your transfer institution to ensure that your Bay course(s) will transfer. Reverse Transfer of Credit for Degree Completion Students leaving Bay College prior to earning a degree or certificate may transfer credit back to Bay College from another college or university to fulfill degree or certificate requirements. Courses/credits which will apply for reverse transfer credit should be approved by the Registrar prior to a student leaving Bay College. Students who elect to reverse transfer credits must complete the following: Before leaving Bay College complete an Application for Graduation Form. Submit the form to the Registrar for an official degree audit to be performed. When the audit is completed, a letter will be sent to the student indicating the requirements they must meet to earn their degree or certificate from Bay College. They should indicate on the application their intent to apply reverse transfer. Students should contact the Registrar or Director of Transfer and Student Advising for an appointment to determine what courses are considered equivalent for fulfilling the remaining requirements. Students must complete all program requirements including the number of credits necessary for the degree. From the Transfer Institution: After successfully completing the determined course(s) with a C or higher, the student must request an official transcript be sent to the Admissions Office at Bay College. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the Registrar or the Director of Transfer and Advising at Bay College that a transcript has been sent for the purpose of fulfilling their program requirements. Bay College will notify the student when degree requirements have been met. The degree will be conferred and a diploma or certificate sent to the student. Early Considerations Each year a number of students transfer to a 4 year college or university after one year of study at Bay College. There are a variety of reasons for transferring early, but the reason given most often is "my program of study requires me to transfer after one year." Students should be aware that most programs of study do not require early transfer and by staying at Bay for the second year there are a number of advantages both academically and financially. Here are some reasons to consider staying at Bay College for two years prior to transferring: To earn an Associate Degree (which is encouraged by a number of universities). To obtain the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) stamp (although this could be obtained in one year if courses are selected carefully.) To avoid taking large enrollment General Education classes at the university. Students are admitted to the "university" as a sophomore, but not to a "college" (such as the College of Engineering or Education) until their junior year. Financial savings of approximately $5,000-$7,000 a year, when comparing tuition, fees, room, board, books, travel, and personal expenses. To avoid being taught by graduate assistants who teach many of the freshman and sophomore level classes at the universities. Transfer scholarships are not always available to students who transfer after one year. Bay College advises students to transfer at the appropriate time, and in some cases, only one year is recommended in programs such as music, surveying, and a few others. If you are unsure of when you should transfer, please see your advisor or a counselor. Transferring to a university is an important decision and all students are encouraged to carefully consider the academic and financial aspects of that decision.