OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Transfer Steps to Success

 

What should I do to ensure that my transition between institutions is easy and successful?

The process of preparing for, applying to and transitioning into college can seem complicated and become frustrating for many. To help you clearly understand what is expected of you, we have created a list of steps that will help you successfully and easily start your higher education at the College of Forestry.

 

These steps are split into three chronological periods:

 


 

When you are at another college or university

Although it may be tempting to think you are done once you have received that acceptance letter in the mail, there are plenty of steps left.  New students will have to register and attend an informational START session, provide additional records and a deposit to the university, and prepare for a new lifestyle.

 

  1. Keep your grades up. Your GPA plays a large role in whether you are admitted to OSU and how much, if any, money you receive from scholarships, so be sure to keep is as high as possible to increase your chances. Up-to-date admission requirments can be found on the OSU Admissions page.
  2. Consult our website for the classes you should take. The College of Forestry maintains course articulations and transfer guides for several nearby community colleges which will give you a head start on making sure your transition to OSU is easy and doesn't add years to your degree.
  3. Search for potential scholarships. Even if you are not transferring soon, it is a good idea to understand beforehand what scholarships exist that you are eligible to receive. Having a list of potential scholarships will reduce the amount of stress that normally occurs when a student is attempting to move to a new city and applying for admission to colleges. A few places to start with might be the College of Forestry scholarships page and the OSU scholarships page.
  4. Volunteer. Just like job shadowing, volunteering can give you great sense of the opportunities and workings of different industries. Volunteering has other benefits, too: it looks great on resumes because it shows commitment to community and it can "put your foot in the door" at some businesses for future employment. If they have a position open that you have been doing voluntarily, it can be desirable to hire the person who is already trained and familiar with the work (and has a familiar face!).
  5. Create a resume and a record of awards. Whether applying for a job or a scholarship, you will regularly be asked to produce one in your college career and beyond; learning how to create a resume and keeping it up to date will save you time and frustration in the future. Also, be sure to keep track of awards you are given; although some may seem insignificant to you, they will paint a picture of your successes and involvement to a potential employer or scholarship committee. For tips on writing a resume, check out the OSU Career Services page on it!

 

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When you are applying to OSU

Although it may be tempting to think you are done once you have received that acceptance letter in the mail, there are plenty of steps left.  New students will have to register and attend an informational START session, provide additional records and a deposit to the university, and prepare for a new lifestyle.

 

  1. Read instructions thoroughly. When you begin to apply for college, scholarships, and everything else that comes with, it is extremely important that you read the instructions. You don't want to be passed over for a scholarship because you didn't cross a t or dot an i.
  2. Apply for scholarships. If you've already been looking at potential scholarships, now is the time to start applying like crazy. There are a lot of scholarships out there and the more you apply for, the better your chances at receiving the money you need. Oregon State University and the College of Forestry each have their own scholarship pages that can help you find potential scholarships at the University. If you're an Oregon resident, you should also visit the Oregon Student Access Commission page to learn how to apply for more than four-hundred scholarships.
  3. Fill out the FAFSA. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education and is required for most student loans. You can also be eligible for federal grants and work-study funds by completing a FAFSA.
  4. Draft letters of intent. No one writes perfectly the first time around and the best writing is the product of repeated proofreading and editing. Take time to outline your letter of intent and application essays, give them to your teachers and others to read over, and craft a quality application. For reference, you can see the OSU Admissions Application Worksheets if you don't want to start your online application just yet.

 

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Once you have been accepted

Although it may be tempting to think you are done once you have received that acceptance letter in the mail, there are plenty of steps left.  New students will have to register and attend an informational START session, provide additional records and a deposit to the university, and prepare for a new lifestyle.

 

  1. Pay your ATDThe Advanced Tuition Deposit (ATD) is a $200.00 deposit towards your first term tuition that allows for OSU to prepare for your arrival and confirms your intent to attend classes here. You must have your ATD payed before you attend a START session and register for classes, so be sure to do this as soon as you have decided to attend OSU.
  2. Register for a START session. Every new student at OSU must attend a START session, which provides orientation and advising, before they register for classes. START sessions fill quickly and the sooner you complete your session, the better chance that the classes you need to register for will still have open spots. So be sure to sign up for the earliest START session you can!
  3. Send OSU your immunization records. Oregon State Law requires students to be immunized against measles, rubella, and mumps before registering for classes, so be sure to 1) receive immunization shots for these diseases and to 2) send proof of your immunization to the Student Health Services at OSU. 
  4. Send OSU your final transcripts. Even though you have been accepted, you will still need to send OSU your final transcripts from your previous college to prove that you still meet admission requirements.
  5. Check out OSU residence halls and local listings. OSU and Corvallis have a wide variety of housing available for transfer students. You can check out each of the residence halls on campus and see which one best fits you, and, if you do plan to live in a residence hall, be sure to fill out your UHDS application and set your roommate preferences; you'll be living with them for the next nine months. Otherwise, be sure to look at the local classifieds or Craigslist.org for housing advertisements!
  6. Continue applying for scholarships! Ah yes, scholarships, again. You should really be applying for scholarships all the time (unless you have what you need). So continue to search, apply for, and search for more, to make sure you're on solid financial ground.

 

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