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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?        

Senate Enrolled Act 182 (2013) specifies that the Commission for Higher Education create a common set of designations for general education courses (30 credits) which are transferable across all public institutions.  However the resulting Core Transfer Library does not apply to private institutions.  Public institutions are under no legal obligation to accept general education course equivalencies from private institutions.

Private institutions are only invited to participate.  While the ICI (Independent Colleges of Indiana) has been advocating inclusion of private institutions, the law clearly applies only to public institutions.  Ancilla College has specified a set of general education courses which are most likely to transfer to public four year institutions but these institutions are under no obligation to accept them for transfer.

Fortunately, many public institutions are willing to work with private institutions to facilitate transferability and those institutions are included in the list above.

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.