Transfer Advising/Transfer Partnerships

Transfer Advising

Glen Oaks Community College offers courses that are helpful toward the achievement of many four-year programs of study. Frequently students can secure a two-year associate degree on the way to a four-year bachelor’s degree. Transfer curriculum guides are available for the most popular programs and schools. Transfer guides, which list courses at Glen Oaks that will transfer to a particular school in a specific major, are available on the Glen Oaks Community College webpage under Student Services-Advising and in the Student Services Advising Office.

Please note: Transfer colleges frequently update programs to reflect current employer and occupation requests.

Note: The student is ultimately responsible for making sure that all preparatory work is completed to make transfer successful.

Common Transfer Programs

Listed below are areas of study for common transfer programs. If a transfer guide does not exist for one of these programs, a customized transfer guide can be created. Please contact a counselor.

Business Administration
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Elementary Education
Engineering Graphics
Family Life Education
Fish, Wildlife and Game
Foreign Languages
Industrial Design
International Studies
Law Enforcement
Liberal Arts
Manufacturing Administration
Medical Assistant

Medical Technology
Occupational Therapy
Paper Science/Engineering
Physical Education
Physical Therapy
Physician’s Assistant
Political Science
Pre-Engineering Electrical
Pre-Engineering Industrial
Pre-Engineering Mechanical
Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Printing Management
Public Administration
Secondary Education
Social Work
Special Education

Custom Transfer Guides

If a standard transfer guide is not already available, advisors can students develop a custom transfer guide for any major, at any school in the United States. Please follow the procedure below to request a new custom guide:

  1.  Make an appointment with an advisor to discuss your course of study and the school you hope to attend after Glen Oaks (your target college).
  2. Request a custom guide for your school and your program. The advisor will develop a draft outline as soon as possible, and contact you for a follow-up appointment.
  3. Review the draft outline with the advisor and obtain copies for yourself and for your target college.
  4. Contact the admissions office at your target college, and request an evaluation of the draft copy. Mail, fax or hand-carry the guide to the college for study, changes and approval as necessary. If there are questions, the target college should be referred to your advisor at Glen Oaks.
  5. When the draft is approved, request a signature and date from the target college, then return the copy to Glen Oaks for your official file.
  6. Meet with the advisor each semester and carefully follow the custom guide.


General Transfer Information

  1. If a student chooses one target school and then decides to attend another target school, a new transfer guide must be generated. Example: If a student secures an agreement to go to Florida State and then decides to go to Arizona State, Arizona is not bound by the Florida agreement.
  2. If a student begins to study accounting and then decides to be a dentist, a new transfer guide will have to be made. The more dramatic the change of program, the more dramatic the consequences. Also, the later the change is made, generally the more dramatic the consequences.
  3. Nationally, no college is obligated to transfer a course that does not have a 2.0 (C) or better grade.
  4. Not all college courses are meant to build skills in an area and therefore, may not meet a certificate or degree requirement. However, if a student lacks the beginning skills, it may be necessary to take a class to master the required skill level.
  5. Some college classes are designed for technical study only. These classes may not transfer to another college. It is an error to believe that any college class will be helpful to reaching a specific goal. One should check with an advisor to be sure that a class will be helpful toward a particular goal.
  6. Classes can be taken for personal reasons. Many people take a class because they want or need it, knowing it will not transfer. Just because a class does not transfer does not mean it has no value. However, students are well advised to choose wisely when deciding how to spend their time, money, and energy.
  7. Generally, there is a limit of 62-64 semester hours that can be used toward a bachelor’s degree. There may be exceptions, but students shouldn’t plan to take over 62 credit hours without a planned agreement.


Transfer Partnerships

Transfer agreements between Glen Oaks and other colleges and universities make it possible for students to start their educational programs at Glen Oaks and be assured they can earn specialized or advanced degrees at a transfer institution, without loss of time or credit.

Students with plans for a 4-year degree or a specific marketable skill not offered at Glen Oaks can still get the advantage of a community college “start.”

Transfer Advising

Glen Oaks urges you to visit the advisors in Student Services to coordinate your joint transfer plans with the latest information from your transfer institution. Working together, Glen Oaks advisors can help you map a thorough and concise plan for reaching your goal.

Glen Oaks Transfer Programs

Transfer programs at Glen Oaks Community College offer the student an opportunity to participate in and receive certificates or degrees in programs of a specialized and advanced nature. Glen Oaks transfer programs are designed to allow students the opportunity to begin study at Glen Oaks and finalize their program through another educational institution. It is understood that a student will not receive the certificate or degree from Glen Oaks, but rather from the institution offering the finalized instruction.

Students should investigate and obtain advising before entering or attempting to follow a transfer program. Program work must be agreed to in advance with the participatory educational institution to guarantee transferability and full credit acceptance.

Glen Oaks advisors have complete curriculum guides listing courses that will transfer for the programs on the right, if they are taken at Glen Oaks. Remember to discuss these plans with your transfer schools to ensure satisfaction.

Glen Oaks advisors work closely with listed colleges, receive regular program information, communicate on a regular basis, and attend workshops and seminars at these institutions. In this way, Glen Oaks advisors are aware of Transfer Program information which can impact GOCC students.

Goshen College
Beginning Fall, 2015, Goshen College is partnering with Glen Oaks to offer the RN to BSN program on the Glen Oaks campus. Whether you are an experienced RN with years of nursing practice or a new graduate of an associate degree program, hospitals are now requiring that you complete your BSN in three to five years. With the Institute of Medicine calling for 80 percent of the nursing workforce to hold at least a bachelor’s degree by 2020, nursing education has become a national priority.

If you already have an associate’s degree, this is the program for you. The program is designed for registered nurses with an associate’s degree from an accredited college or university. You can complete a bachelor’s of science in nursing degree on the Glen Oaks campus as you continue to work full time. To enroll you must have an active Indiana or Michigan nursing license. Clinical hours are mostly completed in your place of employment.

Michigan State University
Glen Oaks Community College has entered into a partnership with Michigan State University to offer an Associate of Applied Science in Business degree with a concentration in Agricultural Operations (Agribusiness). The partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) while working toward an associate degree from Glen Oaks. The partnership between the two institutions benefits those seeking employment in the agricultural industry. Every credit earned will transfer to MSU for students seeking a four-year degree. Students will take courses from both Glen Oaks and Michigan State University’s Institute of Agricultural Technology, and the program will emphasize fundamentals in farm and crop management. Students in the program will gain a solid background in plant and soil science, precision agriculture, water management, entomology, plant pathology and business management. Students will also have exposure to exciting opportunities available in the industry.

Spring Arbor University
Spring Arbor University offers a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management on the Glen Oaks campus. The degree completion program is accelerated, convenient and manageable for the full-time working student. The degree is business oriented and is a perfect stepping stone to a graduate degree in a similar field. The class sessions are offered in a one-night-a-week format.

Trine University
Trine University is partnering with Glen Oaks Community College to offer adult and traditional learners a new path to earning a bachelor or master degree from Trine. The partnership creates a pathway from an associate degree to a bachelor or master degree. Trine, whose main campus is in Angola, Indiana , has agreed to jointly develop programs to be offered on the Glen Oaks campus.

The 2+2 Pathway allows students to take their first two years at Glen Oaks and their second two years at Trine. The route students take depends largely on the academic program in which they are interested. Trine grants bachelor and master degrees in more than 35 areas of study. Depending on the program, one may be eligible to transfer up to 89 credits from Glen Oaks.

The following Trine programs are offered on the Glen Oaks Campus:

Bachelor Degrees


Graduate Degrees


Since 2010, listed is a sample of bachelor granting colleges where Glen Oaks graduates have successfully transferred.