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Transferring from one college to another is a fairly simple process, provided all deadlines are met.

In all college transfer situations, the new school might not accept some of the coursework done at the previous school. It is wise to check carefully with each particular school as to what courses they will accept for credit. Colleges look for some type of equivalency between the courses they themselves give and the courses for which the transfer student has earned credit at another institution. If the previous course does not fit into their configuration, their bureaucratic nature might simply not allow the credits to transfer, as logical as the transfer might seem to the student.

Colleges also care deeply about the accreditation and prestige of the school from which the student transfers. If, for example, you have credits from a for-profit school without full academic accreditation, few of these credits are likely to transfer. (Some of these for-profit schools even advertise this fact, in small print.)

When transferring foreign academic credits, as always, leave plenty of time to meet deadlines. A translation of credentials might be necessary. Dig up all the documentation you can find: grade reports, descriptions of courses you took, textbooks you used, etc. The more data you present the better your chance of having your previous work accepted for credit at an American college. If these efforts are unsuccessful, keep in mind that often you may be able to earn advanced standing by taking specific examinations.

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