Transfer Students Are Welcomed!
The College of Liberal Arts welcomes transfer students! A couple of thousand of our current students began at a community college. This has become a popular option for many people. Fewer, but still a substantial number, have transferred from other 4-year institutions. This has become a popular option for many people.
We urge you to contact an advisor in the department of your intended major at UTA as soon as you know the course of study you intend to pursue, please do not wait until the semester before you intend to transfer. If you are not sure which department is the home of the program you wish to pursue take a look.
Many transfer students assume that it is best to transfer after completing an Associates Degree. This is not necessarily the case. There may be courses that can only be taken at UTA that are prerequisites for advanced courses in the major. If a student does not complete this course at the right time there may not be many courses that can be taken that will apply toward the degree. For example: all English majors must take ENGL 2350, Introduction to Texts, before taking any junior/senior level English courses. If a student transfers to UTA expecting to take this course along with other advanced English courses they will be disappointed, AND they face the possibility that that is the only course that will fit into their degree plan, which will disrupt the timing of their progress toward a degree. This can also cause problems for students receiving financial aid.
You may look at the suggested course sequence for the degrees we offer here. You should also consult the Transfer Equivalency Guide to see which courses at your current or previous institution will satisfy course requirements at UTA. Please be aware that you may use up to 72 academic hours and 4 exercise hours from a community college toward your degree in the UTA College of Liberal Arts.
You must attend an orientation session at UTA before you can enroll in classes. This is intended to acquaint you with UTA resources, it is not an advising session! It is impossible to advise transfer students the same way we advise freshmen. So please contact an advisor as soon as possible. It usually takes 30 minutes to an hour to advise a new transfer student. We have to look at your courses, figure out how they fit with our programs and then explain your next steps. We want you to do this EARLY so there aren’t any problems with classes filling up before you can register or with transferred courses not showing up on your UTA record.
You should also be aware that many first semester transfer students experience difficulty with UTA classes. If students transfer from a community college and go straight into junior/senior level classes the expectations will be significantly higher than the expectations in the freshmen/sophomore level classes they have completed! So be ready.
A Note About the State of Texas Core Requierments
The State requires all graduates of a Texas Public higher educational institution to complete courses in specified areas. If you have completed the core at your original institution, and this is noted on your transcript, UTA will not require you to complete any further core requirements. This does not apply to any out of state institutions. We will accept out of state courses that satisfy our core requirements and apply them to our core.
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