As a current Santa Fe Community College student who is interested in transferring, the best advice we can give is to plan ahead. Most deadlines for admissions applications are three to four months in advance of the semester you wish to attend, and for out-of-state universities the deadlines are even earlier.
Click below for a list of procedures.
- Research the various institutions online. The resources and virtual tours are incredible and you can obtain a lot of information.
- Apply for admission. Most applications for admission can be completed on-line, or you can download/print the application and submit it by mail.
- Officially request all college transcripts to be forwarded to the institution you plan to attend. There is usually a $1 to $5 cost to have each official transcript sent; and by law each institution is only allowed to forward their own transcript. For instance, if you had four transcripts sent to the SFCC Records Office, our Records Office will only forward your SFCC transcript at your request.
- Officially request your high school or GED transcript to be forwarded to the institution you plan to attend. These records are permanently kept at the State Department of Education, in the capital city of the state from which you received your GED or high school diploma. Not every institution requires this document, check their transfer admissions requirements.
- Apply for Financial Aid. You can apply for Federal Financial Aid as early as February of each year, and institutional scholarship application deadlines are usually in March of each year. Much of this information can be obtained through each institution’s web site.
If your goal is to earn your bachelor’s degree, we’ll help you get there. In order to receive a bachelor’s degree from a New Mexico public institution of higher education, you must complete at least 35 core credits in the areas of communications, mathematics, laboratory science, social/behavioral science, and humanities/fine arts. In other words, you can complete your first year and sophomore year at SFCC and you can transfer on to a university or college.
SFCC offers many of these courses; however, planning for effective transfer with maximum efficiency is ultimately your responsibility. You are highly encouraged to consult with advisors at the institution you plan to transfer, in order to clearly determine how the courses will be applied toward graduation.
The colleges and universities listed below are the transfer institutions selected most frequently by Santa Fe Community College students. Click below for their websites and more information.
- The University of New Mexico (UNM) www.unm.edu
- New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) at SFCC www.nmhu.edu
- Central New Mexico College (CNM) www.cnm.edu
- New Mexico State University (NMSU) www.nmsu.edu
- Southwestern College www.swc.edu
- Luna Community College www.luna.cc.nm.us
- New Mexico Institute of Technology http://www.nmt.edu
- The Institute of American Indian Arts www.iaia.edu
- Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) www.enmu.edu
- Western New Mexico University (WNMU) www.wnmu.edu
- Northern New Mexico College www.nnmc.edu/
*This list does not include every institution in New Mexico
As a new SFCC student with previous college credit, you will be admitted as a transfer student at SFCC if you are coming from an accredited university, college or other post-secondary institution. You should apply for admission and have official transcripts sent from all other colleges/universities you have attended. In addition to requesting official transcripts, you should request unofficial copies for yourself to keep. Your degree advisor at SFCC will help determine whether the courses you have taken elsewhere may be applied toward your degree program here.
If you have over 24 college credits from another institution and would like to obtain a degree or certificate from SFCC, you should schedule an appointment with Academic Advising at SFCC.
If you are planning to take courses at SFCC and transfer them back to another institution, you should verify with your advisor at the institution you are attending that the credits you take at SFCC will apply toward your degree program. Many institutions actually require pre-approval and have a specific form for students to complete prior to taking courses at other institutions.
If you have been suspended from another institution, you will not be eligible for admission to SFCC during that period of suspension. If you are on academic probation, you can be admitted to SFCC on a probationary status. If you conceal prior attendance at other institutions or falsify information, you will be subject to immediate suspension.