How to Succeed as a Fall Transfer Student at SCU
As a group, transfer students have very specific needs with respect to academic advising. To make a smooth transition, complete your degree in a timely manner, and meet your goals, we recommend a number of important steps:
1. Review your transcript
During the Spring before you start at SCU, review your transcript to determine how many of your credits transfer and in which categories - as major requirements, core requirements, or electives. In our experience, many transfer students have sufficient units to have sophomore or junior "standing," but in their majors they are often a year behind in completing major requirements.
2. Use the Transfer Guide on the SCU Registrar's Website
Transfer Guide helps you determine which courses fill core requirements: Transferring Credits
3. Use the requirements check sheet for your major
(you can get this from your major department office or from the Drahmann Center at Student Advising Resources) to help you determine which courses fill major requirements.
4. Design a course plan
The Department Chair for your major is a valuable resource in evaluating your course plan and s/he would welcome the opportunity to discuss the major with you.
It is very important to design a course plan to complete your degree prior to your decision to matriculate. If your review shows that you are missing foundation courses in your major, consider taking these prior to coming to SCU. Once you matriculate, all classes in your major must be taken at Santa Clara. Other than taking SCU summer school classes, there is minimal flexibility, to "catch up" in your major. This is especially true if you plan on finishing your degree in two years and/or if you are a Math, Natural Science or Engineering major. Many universities, including SCU, offer introductory science (general chemistry, organic chemistry, intro physics and biology) and math (calculus) sequence courses in the summer. SCU Summer program: http://www.scu.edu/summer
5. Attend Transfer Admit Day
This half-day program in May offers workshops on understanding the core curriculum and reading your transcript report; information sessions with administrators and students from different academic programs; as well as a resource fair. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and meet other incoming transfer students.
6. Attend a Pre-Orientation workshop and Transfer Orientation
During summer there are opportunities to come to campus and attend workshops on registering for classes and planning your academic and co-curricular goals at Santa Clara. It is very important to have completed steps 1 and 2 prior to this orientation program.
7. Prior to Orientation
Familiarize yourself with course planning resources:
a. www.scu.edu/courseavail: This website provides a schedule of courses offered for the upcoming quarter, along with course descriptions, and a running count of seats available.Here you can also access a list of courses tentatively scheduled for future quarters, which can help in your course planning.
b. http://evaluations.scu.edu/: This website allows you to access student evaluation of professors and courses. Almost every student completes these evaluations, so these evaluation scores are an excellent measure of how other students viewed the course and the professor. Do not use RateMyProfessor.com to select courses. Students have been misled by extremely positive or negative reviews by a small number of "emphatic" students.
8. Schedule an advising appointment
Once Fall quarter has started, meet with an advisor (in the Drahmann Center and/or a department advisor in your major) to review your two- or three-year course plan.
9. Take advantage of academic support and resources
Adjusting to a new school and different course work demands and expectations can affect academic performance. Meeting with your professors will definitely help with this transition. Also, be sure to utilize the Drahmann Tutoring Center resources (Tutoring), especially if your class has regularly scheduled drop-in-tutoring. The tutors are selected by the instructors and you will often have one-on-one tutoring.
10. If you plan to study abroad
Attend a Study Abroad Information Session to find out your options. For more information: http://www.scu.edu/studyabroad/
12. If you want to do research with a faculty member
Read about faculty research on department or individual faculty websites; contact faculty members to meet and discuss their research. If you are interested in the faculty member's work, express your interest and follow-up (be persistent) about opportunities to assist them in their research.
13. Get involved in SCU student life
Check out this link for information about clubs, organizations, and leadership opportunities on campus: Campus Life