If you are entering (or just beginning your studies) at another institution—and intend to transfer credit or an associate degree to an ISU
bachelor degree—read these tips:
Note: If you have completed (or nearly completed) your studies at your current institution—
and are ready to transfer to ISU—go directly to these guidelines for details on credit transfer and
links to the University’s admissions application.
Tip 1: Plan Ahead
Planning ahead is a key to success. Although Indiana State University accepts most credit, planning ahead will ensure that any credit you earn will apply
toward your intended ISU degree.
If you plan to transfer an associate degree (or program) to ISU, read tips 2-6 below for information on selecting the right major.
If you do not plan to transfer an associate degree or program—but do plan to transfer one (or more) courses to ISU—visit the University's transfer planning tool to determine which courses
will transfer and apply to an ISU degree.
Tip 2: Select the Right Major
Select a major that is right for you.
- Contact an admissions counselor, transfer coordinator, or academic advisor at your current school to ensure that the associate degree you select ensures maximum transfer to ISU.
- In many cases, if you have the option, it is usually best to complete an A.S. or A.A. (rather than an A.A.S.) to ensure maximum transfer of credit to a bachelor degree.
There are exceptions, however, so please ask your advisor or ISU Transfer Central.
- If you are interested in online learning, visit Indiana State Online for important information on credit transfer and admission requirements.
NOTE: The University has partnered with Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University, and other selected
two-year schools to formalize transfer plans for particular majors. These plans enable students to complete a specific associate degree and receive
credit toward a specific ISU bachelor degree. For details, browse these plans or contact an admission counselor, transfer
coordinator, or advisor at your local two-year college.
Tip 3: Explore Your Options
Explore (and research) your options and degree requirements.
- Stay in touch with your advisor at your current school.
- If you have options (for example an elective or in general education choices), ask your advisor which is the best choice in terms of transfer to ISU.
You also may use the ISU transfer planning tool to help you select courses that complete your associate requirements and transfer to ISU. (See Tip 4.)
Tip 4: Track Your Progress
The University's free transfer planning tool allows you to gain important
information on how courses from other institutions will transfer to Indiana State University.
You can build a personalized transfer plan using this tool. As you complete courses, use this plan to
track your progress and ensure that the courses you are completing will transfer to ISU.
NOTE: Currently, this transfer planning tool includes information for Indiana schools and selected
other schools. For information on credit transfer from other schools, refer to these
Tip 5: Help Fund Your Education
Financial aid comes in many forms, including:
:: Veterans benefits
:: Work-study programs
Payment plans also are available.
For details (including instructions and important deadlines), visit funding.
Tip 6: Get in Touch (and Stay in Touch) with ISU
- Attend a transfer fair held at your school—or on the ISU campus.
- Schedule a campus visit.
- Take advantage of free University student services for assistance with admission,
credit transfer, financial aid, scholarships, and much more.