Transfer After RVC
Are you interested in furthering your education after RVC? Maybe you have plans to transfer to a four-year institution and obtain your bachelor's degree.
To help you get started, here are three tips:
- Learn how your credits transfer. This will help ensure you're taking the right classes to carry forward with you.
- Check out our helpful Transfer Checklist to help you make steady progress in transferring after RVC.
- Review existing Transfer Guides to give you an idea of the courses you need to complete before transferring out.
The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) is a statewide agreement that allows transfer of a 37-41 credit General Education Core between participating Illinois institutions. Completion of this core at Rock Valley College assures transferring students that lower-division general education requirements for an associate or bachelor's degree have been satisfied.
Credit Transfer Tool
You can also use MyCreditsTransfer (powered by Transferology) to find out how courses transfer between institutions, how courses satisfy degree requirements, and the different majors institutions offer.Check My Credits
Depending on where you are in your journey at Rock Valley College, it's never too early to start planning for what's next. Our team has developed two checklists to guide your transfer experience, depending on the number of credits you have earned so far.
Checklist for 0-30 Credits
- Study! Admittance to a four-year college/university is based on your Rock Valley College grade point average (GPA). Although some four-year colleges and universities will admit you with a 2.0 GPA, many of the college programs require up to 3.75 GPA. Many students are competing for limited seats in popular areas of study. Your GPA can either limit or broaden your career options.
- Visit the Transfer and University Center to see the resources available to you during your transfer institution search. The Transfer and University Center, on the top floor of the Student Center, offers Internet access, college/career search programs, applications, scholarship information, college catalogs, and more.
- Investigate possible career paths. Your counselor/advisor in the Career and Transfer Counseling Center can discuss possible career paths with you. The Career and Placement Center also has labor information and career interest survey that can help you make a good decision.
- Plan your RVC course selection with transferring in mind. Your RVC counselor/adviser will assist you with planning RVC course selection. Transfer guides for many four-year colleges/universities are available. Because transfer requirements change frequently, you should verify all transfer information directly with the four-year institution.
- Research possible four-year colleges and universities.
- Academic programs available
- College/University campus information
- Entrance requirements
- Pre-requisite courses
- Housing options
- Visit campuses synchronously/asynchronously. You will be able to make better choices if you can experience the campus of the colleges/universities you are considering. Virtual tours are accessible on the Internet. College/university representatives who visit RVC will give you updated information. Typically, these reps will set up information tables in either the Student Center or the Educational Resource Center. For an updated list of university table visits, please email RVC-ATA@RockValleyCollege.edu.
- Decide on a major. The sooner that you can decide on a specific course of study, the sooner your course selection will be appropriate.
Checklist for 31-64 Credits
- Study and keep that GPA up!
- Narrow your four-year college/university choices to three choices.
- Visit college/university campuses. Call the Admissions office and schedule an appointment for your visit. You may want to make appointments with other offices: Financial Aid, Records (bring your transcript with you), coaches, Disability Services, or club advisors.
- Investigate financial aid options. Submit your FAFSA annually. Research scholarship possibilities (a high GPA can help, but so can community service, club or athletic participation). Carefully read all of the fine print concerning study loan packages.
- Prepare admissions paperwork:
- Personal statement
- Letters of reference
- Official transcripts
- Financial Aid
- Community service
- Campus activities
- Mark your calendar. Every college/university have unique due dates for application review. Sometimes these dates change due to the number of applications received by the college. Keep checking on the Internet for updated calendar information.
- Keep studying! Keep studying during your last semester. The college/university will check your final GPA. Ask Admissions and Records at RVC to send updated official transcripts.
- Make a final decision. Your acceptance letters will be coming in due to your planning, meeting deadlines, and your competitive GPA. Apply for on-campus or off-campus housing. Schedule advisement and registration appointments. Attend new student orientation.
The purpose of the transfer guides is to give you an idea of the courses you will need to complete at RVC before you transfer to a four-year institution. At this time, we have Transfer Guides from a few schools with the most popular majors that our students typically pursue. Please keep in mind that these are only tools and that it is your responsibility to contact the four-year school of your choice for further information.
- Northern Illinois University – Biology
- Northern Illinois University – Business
- Northern Illinois University – Elementary Education
- Northern Illinois University – Mechanical Engineering
- Northern Illinois University – Nursing