Transfer Program

We will help you make a smooth transition to four-year school

A student may choose to transfer to another college or university to pursue a bachelor degree after completion of an associate degree or after the completion of a series of Ancilla College courses.

How it works

We understand that sometimes students want more than an Associates Degree.

We will help you take your Ancilla degree to the next level. Most Ancilla College courses will readily transfer to four year institutions in Indiana and across the United States.  Additionally, Ancilla works closely with over 20 major colleges and universities on a transfer program that starts incoming Ancilla freshmen working with advisors at the transfer institution to ensure seamless post-associate degree transfer to a four-year school.

Ancilla has established relationships with outreach coordinators at almost every major Indiana college to make sure our students save time and money by attending Ancilla first and then transferring to another school.

How Does the Ancilla College Transfer Program Work?

Students should sign up for the Ancilla College Transfer program in the Student Success Center as soon as possible-as early as their first semester.   Advisors in the program will provide the following:

  • Identification of Ancilla courses which are acceptable for transfer and/or referral to four year institutional advisors
  • Specific four year institutional admission requirements and/or referral to four year institutional advisors
  • Any additional requirements including unique four year course requirements specified by four year advisors
  • Specification of any additional baccalaureate requirements by four year institutional advisors
  • Direct four year institutional advisor contacts
  • Opportunity to participate in Ancilla College Transfer Days
  • Selective visits to four year institution transfer fairs

The aim of the program is to assist students in building a “pathway” to the baccalaureate degree comprising Ancilla College courses and four year institutional courses.


Why Is It Important to Sign Up in the Ancilla College Transfer program?

Past experience shows that the longer students wait to begin planning their four year program, the more expensive it becomes to achieve the baccalaureate degree.  If a student has to attend extra semesters due to lack of planning, it could cost as much as an extra $20,000 per semester.

A key provision of the program is that Ancilla College will assist students in making direct advising contacts with four year institution advisors in building their pathway to a Bachelor’s Degree.

Who decides what Ancilla courses will transfer to a four year institution?

Normally, the absolute authority for course equivalency resides with the faculty at the four year institution.   Review of courses in a single program not already accepted for transferability may take many months and involve dozens of faculty members.  And, because academic programs are constantly changing, most institutions will not initiate such reviews until students actually apply to transfer.

Ancilla College faculty and staff have no authority to decide on equivalencies at other schools. Consequently, Ancilla College has focused on early and collaborative advising.

What is the Indiana Core Transfer Library (CTL) and how does that affect Ancilla College?        

In 2005, the Indiana General Assembly established the Course Transfer Library (CTL) to ensure courses offered by one public institution transferred to all other public institutions. A couple years ago the Indiana Commission on Higher Education (ICHE) reached out to the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) which represents Indiana’s 30 private colleges and universities so independent private colleges and university could be part of this state-wide course equivalency project.  As Indiana’s only private two-year college, Ancilla College was chosen to be part of the first group of private colleges to participate.


In the fall of 2016, Ancilla faculty shared materials and syllabi of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Math, Life and Natural/Physical Sciences, and Philosophy courses with faculty from participating ICI and ICHE universities to review and to determine whether course standards were equally rigorous and worthy of automatic transference.

All of Ancilla’s courses were approved by all participating institutions.


In the fall of 2017, Ancilla faculty teaching English, Fine Arts, Humanities, Foreign Languages, Business, Economics, History and Political Science submitted syllabi for CTL review, and all of these courses were approved by partnering institutions for automatic transfer.  A comprehensive list of transferable courses from Ancilla College that transfer to Indiana’s public universities and private college participating in the CTL can be found here.


The following institutions are part of the CTL: Ancilla College, Anderson University, Ball State University, Indiana State University, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University East, Indiana University Kokomo, Indiana University Northwest, Indiana University South Bend, Indiana University Southeast, Indiana Wesleyan University, IPFW, IUPUI, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue Northwest, Purdue University West Lafayette, Trine University, University of Indianapolis, University of Saint Francis, University of Southern Indiana, and Vincennes University.

What is Ancilla College Transfer Day and Why Should Students Attend?

Ancilla College hosts four year institutions for the annual Ancilla College Transfer day.   Students have the opportunity to meet and visit with four year institutional advisors.  Through these contacts, students can take the first steps toward building a transfer pathway to a four year baccalaureate degree.

Normally, Ancilla hosts at least one Transfer Day annually.  Students and faculty will be notified at least one month in advance.  Four year institutional advisors will meet with students at selected stations in Zirkle Commons and in the new residence halls.  About 15 to 20 institutions from across the state will normally be in attendance.