Transfer Out

Transferring to another college or university doesn't have to be overwhelming. With careful planning and using the people and resources available to help you, it can be a seamless experience. Here's how to get started. 

Choose the right degree for your goals

There are several types of degrees offered at Normandale. The degree you complete will depend on where you are transferring to and what your major will be there.

  • Associate of Arts (AA) This degree was designed to transfer into most liberal arts four-year majors. Some bachelor's degree majors may require specific pre-major courses as part of the degree program.
  • Associate of Science (AS) This degree is for transfer into a specific four-year major and will likely require completing additional general education courses at a university.
  • Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) An AFA is designed to transfer into most liberal arts fine arts degrees. 
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) This degree is meant to prepare students for a specific career, and designed for students to enter the workforce. 
  • Transfer Pathway designations mean these degrees were designed for seamless transfer to Minnesota State Universities; it's the first half of the bachelor's degree in the major. 

Work carefully with your academic advisor to determine the best degree and major for your academic goals and transfer institution, and how to be strategic if you are still exploring. You can see all available degrees and requirements in the Academic Catalog

Select your courses carefully

Students often ask, "Will my credits transfer?" The answer is: Normandale Community College is an accredited college and the credits will transfer to other colleges and universities.

The more useful question to ask is, "Will my credits fulfill requirements for the degree or program I choose?" The transfer college or university decides how your credits transfer and if those credits will meet its degree requirements. Bachelor's degree programs usually count credits in three categories: general education, major/minor courses, and prerequisites/electives.

It's important to use the tools and resources available to you!

Be strategic if you are exploring

It's okay if you enter Normandale not sure about your major or transfer plans. Academic advisors and counselors will help you explore your options and plan strategically. Here's some tips and tools to help you!

  • Take advantage of Major Exploration and Career Counseling opportunities in the Advising, Counseling & Career Center to learn more about your interests, skills and values. 
  • Focus on completing the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) and take Goal Area courses that allow you to explore interests - many students discover their passion in the process of completion liberal arts requirements. 
  • If you know which major you want to pursue but are unsure about where you will transfer, review degree requirements in that major for possible transfer schools using Transfer Guides and Transferology to select courses that give you the most options. 

Advisors and counselors can help you clarify goals and show you how to explore colleges or majors without closing off alternatives.

Research and ask lots of questions!

When you are exploring your transfer options, you are looking to find the right fit academically, financially, and socially. You can start researching online and connect with admissions counselors to learn more about:
  • Academic programs in your intended major
  • Campus visits and information session 
  • Admissions requirements and deadlines
  • Transfer credit evaluation
  • Financial aid and scholarship options
  • Student services and support available
  • Student life and housing opportunities

Here are some tools to get you started:

Steps to Transfer to University

Good Questions to Ask Transfer Colleges and Universities