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Dear Advisor:

Last week, I met with my advisor about transferring to a four-year college. She showed me a transfer guide and suggested that I contact the schools that interest me in order to confirm which of my credits will transfer, and to get the right deadline dates.  Isn’t my Oakton advisor supposed to know this information for every school?

Dear Student:

As advisors, our job is to make sure that the courses we recommend and the courses you take are going to help you reach your academic goals. That being said, whether or not you’re accepted into a transfer institution is up to that institution. Questions about how many students are admitted, deadline dates, how courses will transfer, how your GPA will be recalculated, and more, all need to be answered by the schools to which you are applying. We encourage you to really get to know the transfer institutions of your choice. Spend time on the physical campus, and speaking to advisors, professors, and even students. This will not only help you to decide if the school is academically within your reach, but also if it is the right environment for you.

Did you know that Advising and Counseling Services offers e-mail advising? This service is designed to respond to general questions (Where can I find a listing of classes that fulfill the IAI General Education Curriculum? How many social and behavioral sciences are needed for a degree?) and not to provide case-specific information (What is my English and math placement? What classes do I personally need to finish my degree?)

Due to Federal Laws and our desire to maintain our students’ information in a secure and confidential manner, students are discouraged from including any personal information in their email question, specifically social security numbers or student identification number (B number). To find out more, visit our e-mail advising page.



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