Think About Transfer

Many students attending a 2-year college, like South Seattle, are interested in taking classes that will help them complete the first two years of a four year degree. Starting at South Seattle, you can explore different areas of study, improve your study and learning skills, meet new people with different backgrounds and find your own learning community. These are all things that will help you succeed at a college or university.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you as a student and a person, it is important to spend time evaluating yourself and your goals. The link below provides some tips and questions to ask yourself to help you with this process.

As part of your transfer degree at South you have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses from a variety of different disciplines. We will help you create an academic plan that includes all the classes you need to meet your goals. Courses in each department are offered in face-to-face, hybrid and online to meet your scheduling needs.

Degree Options @South Seattle College

South offers several degrees designed for transfer students. Please review our degree programs below. Click on each one to see what they require.

Major Ready Transfer

Most universities and colleges want transfer students to have completed all of their general education requirements and to be ready to begin their major area of study. If you are not sure what you want to major in, here are some things to think about:

  • Use this worksheet to better define what you want to major in: Major Ready Student Worksheet
  • Meet with a Counselor at South Seattle College for Career Counseling and/or Major Exploration. Schedule an appointment by calling 206-934-6409.
  • Think about your academic strengths and weaknesses: what subjects come naturally to you and what subjects are challenging?
  • Make a list of subjects that interest you and start researching related majors.
  • Discover what prerequisite classes are needed for that major.
  • Do an internship to try out an industry or job.
  • Complete informational interviews with people who have earned your major or have a job you would like to have in the future.
  • Attend quarterly transfer fairs and visits by college representatives. Make a list of questions you have and spend time with the representative from the schools you are interested in attending.

Check out these Academic Areas of Study

Click on the links below to learn more about each area of study in our college transfer division at South, what you will study, and what you can do with a career in that field.

Washington State Direct Transfer Agreements

The Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) ensures that a student who completes an appropriate Associate degree at SSC will have satisfied the lower division education requirements and will be granted junior standing at the following schools:

  • Bastyr University
  • Central Washington University
  • City University
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • Eastern Washington University
  • The Evergreen State College
  • Gonzaga University
  • Heritage University
  • Northwest University
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Saint Martin's University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • Trinity Lutheran University
  • University of Washington-Bothell
  • University of Washington-Tacoma
  • Washington State University
  • Washington State University-Tri-Cities
  • Washington State University -- Vancouver
  • Western Washington University
  • Whitworth College

The DTA does not guarantee admission to the university or to the specific program/major.

Funding your Next Step

Once you have decided on schools to apply to, you should start considering how to pay for your education.

Apply for Financial Aid & Transfer Scholarships

The first step is to go to and begin your official Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Keep in mind to be eligible for many scholarships, you still must apply for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). Check the Financial Aid page on each institutions website for possible scholarships. The Financial Aid process can take 2-3 months so begin at least that far in advance of the quarter you want to start college.

Other Forms of Financial Aid

  • Check here for more financial aid and scholarship information
  • For more information on Veteran Educational Benefits please visit GI
  • Check out The WashBoard. This is a one-stop shopping site for scholarships in Washington State.

During the application process to transfer institutions, check on available scholarships specifically for transfer students! Many colleges have them. Check with each institution as well as the community college where you are currently attending.

Other Resources

Transfer Timeline: View the Transfer Timeline by Academic Credits to track your progress towards transfer.

Washington State Colleges and Universities: Four Year Colleges and Universities in Washington State can be found here. Many Washington state colleges and universities have extension branches located at community colleges.

Glossary for Transfer Students: Your guide to the vocabulary words used in the transfer process.


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