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Thinking of Transferring? Apply to PUC Today!

We’re glad you’re interested in transferring to Pacific Union College! PUC is a vibrant and Christ-centered community where you will discover and prepare for your calling. No matter your interests, there is assuredly a place for you on our beautiful campus. We accept transfer students at any point in their program, so don’t worry about completing a certain number of credits before transferring. We would be thrilled to have you join our Pioneer family!

Apply to PUC now!

Why should you consider transferring to PUC?

PUC has over 70 degrees & programs

With so many options to choose from, whatever your passion, we have something for you, from aviation to film to environmental studies. PUC’s largest programs are nursing, business administration, biology, exercise science, and visual arts. Our graduates are primed for success and are working in many exciting areas, including Stanford University, Google, Buzzfeed, Apple, Lucasfilm, Airbnb, Loma Linda University, LinkedIn, and more.

Browse the Academics category on the blog to read more about PUC’s programs!

PUC offers the academic support you need to succeed

There are several invaluable academic resources at your disposal when you’re a PUC student. If you’re struggling with something, it’s important to remember you aren’t alone. There are people in place who are available to answer your questions or provide you with information — you only need to ask for help. The Teaching & Learning Center (TLC) offers free group tutoring Sunday through Thursday for more than 25 different courses, ranging from business to languages to science. There’s even a writing lab available to students who would like input and direction on writing papers, which is awesome! PUC also has a disabilities support coordinator who can work with students who need certain accommodations. Our Career & Counseling Center has a career counselor who loves talking with students about career options as well as helping with resume preparation, interview skills, and more.

You will also find your professors to be an invaluable resource as you progress on your academic journey. With a 12:1 student-teacher ratio, your professors will know you. The one-on-one attention you receive in and out of the classroom will help make you a much more successful student. You will also be assigned an advisor in the area you’re studying. For example, if you’re planning to study business, your advisor will be a professor in the department of business (helpful, right?). Your advisor knows the ins and outs of their department’s programs and will be a great source for any questions you have about what classes you should take, what major you should consider for your career path, and more. Every quarter your advisor will need to approve your schedule, which is a great safety net for making sure you stay on track to complete your degree.

Learn more about academic support services at PUC!

PUC is small enough to get involved yet large enough to have opportunities

One of the advantages of attending a liberal arts college like PUC is it’s large enough to have countless leadership opportunities and special events, yet it’s small enough where you can get involved with as much as you want. You can serve as a Student Association officer, on the Student Senate, or as a resident assistant in one of the residence halls. You can also start a praise team or join a campus ministry group, or you can make an impact in places like Fiji, Nicaragua, Brazil, and more by going on a short or long term mission trip. Whatever you’re interested in, there’s something for you at PUC.

See photos from PUC’s spring break mission trip to Kenya!

PUC is a spiritual community

Fostering your relationship with God is a priceless reason to choose PUC. You will find yourself studying, living, and serving with Adventist professors and peers who share your faith and values. Not only will you receive a Christian education, but you will also develop relationships that will last for eternity. Every member of the Pioneers family cares about each student’s individual spiritual journey, and campus leaders are committed to meeting students where they are on their walk with Christ. Whether or not you live in one of the college’s residence halls, you will find PUC to have a very close-knit community atmosphere.

Learn more about PUC’s special community of faith and learning!

PUC is possible

Since 1882, Pacific Union College has been charged with an important mission: providing an excellent Seventh-day Adventist education that prepares students for successful careers and service to both God and others. We are committed to working together with you and your family to make a high-quality Adventist college experience possible. Each year, PUC awards over $30 million in financial aid to our students. This year, we are proud to announce a new scholarship, just for transfer students, called the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Scholarship, worth $1,500, in recognition of community college students who wish to earn a baccalaureate degree from a four-year institution. It is awarded to transfer students who are graduating from a California community college with an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or an Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T).

Check out all the scholarships PUC offers to see what you may qualify for!

Well, what are you waiting for? Apply to PUC now!

Questions about the application process for transfer students? Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email admissions@puc.edu to get connected with an admissions counselor to learn more. We’re ready to help you discover your calling and God’s plan for your life, every step of the way.

We Want You at PUC This Spring!

If you missed the deadline to come to PUC for this past winter quarter, don’t worry! You still have a chance to transfer for the spring, which starts on Monday, March 30th. There’s plenty of time for you to get things together to be at PUC. Below is information I hope is helpful for anyone looking to transfer this coming quarter or sometime in the near future.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students
You can learn about PUC’s admissions requirements for transfer students and what we consider to be a completed transfer student application here.

Completing Your Application
Our office gets a lot of questions from students asking us how soon they can expect to hear back from us about a decision. It’s completely up to you how quickly you get your documents to us! As soon as the Admissions Office has all the documents needed for your application, your file will be reviewed for acceptance. If you’re accepted, you will receive an email that day notifying you of the decision, with more information following in the mail.

Checking Your Application Status
You’re able to track your application status by creating your WebAdvisor account. This account allows you to track the arrival of your transcripts, reference and test scores, as well as documents needed by other departments, like financial and health forms. WebAdvisor is also what you will use to register for classes. Learn more by reading our blog post “The Basics of Your WebAdvisor Account.”

Your Program Evaluation
After you’ve been accepted, you will need to pay a $150 enrollment fee in order to register for classes. Once this fee is paid, your transcripts will be taken to our Records office for a degree evaluation which will show what credits transfer, and if anything doesn’t. When your program evaluation is completed, it will be available on your WebAdvisor account, along with contact information for your advisor. Take some time to look at how it applies to your degree requirements, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask your advisor. You can read our “We’re Here to Help!” blog post to learn more about how your advisor is key to your success at PUC.

Transfer Student Orientation
The last step is easy – you just need to get here! The day before each quarter begins, there’s a short orientation for new transfer students to help you get to know other new students and to go over information you’ll find helpful as a student at PUC.

Questions?
If you have questions about transferring to PUC, contact Enrollment Counselor Igdaly Patel. She can be reached at igdaly@puc.edu or at 707.965.6422.

Change: A Transfer Student’s Guide

By Igdaly Patel IgdalyPatel

CHANGE! How many of us are worried about change? Oftentimes we experience a nervous feeling in our stomach because of the unknown. Many colleges place a lot of emphasis primarily on their incoming freshman class, making sure their transition from high school into college life is seamless. But why do we forget about transfer students?

We must keep in mind transfer students go through major changes as well. For these students, leaving home or another college for a new academic environment can be scary as they enter a new campus culture. Meeting new people and getting acquainted with a new school environment can be very challenging to say the least. However, it is a good thing to be challenged out of your comfort zone, and embark upon new territory and start that college journey. Even though at times it may seem easier to stay where you are, there are many benefits that come with change.

Working closely with transfer students this year has helped me learn more about the types of questions that are most important in the process of transferring. Below, I have listed the top three questions that transfer students consistently ask me.

1. Are my credits transferable?

Finding out if your credits are transferable is probably the determining factor for most transfer students. Some potential transfer students are under the impression their credits will automatically transfer over towards their major. However, this is not always the case and there are no guarantees courses will be transferable. I always encourage students to research the institution they want to transfer over to. Take a look at their course catalog. You can get an idea of how many of your credits could potentially be applied towards your major by simply exploring the PUC general catalog. You can also contact our Records Office before taking a course at another school to make sure we will accept those credits. Speak to your academic advisor at your school and the school you’re planning to transfer to.  Keep in mind each school reserves the right to accept or reject credits earned at another institution.

2. How and when can I register for classes?

Once you’ve been accepted to PUC, our Records Office will complete a degree audit/evaluation of your transcripts, and when it’s completed, it will be available on your WebAdvisor account where you can see how your transfer credits apply to your degree requirements at PUC. Based on your chosen major and/or pre-professionals goals, an academic advisor will be assigned to you and they will assist you on setting up your class schedule. They will also suggest to you any academic success strategies and answer any questions you may have regarding our academic policies. Once you have discussed and planned your class schedule with your advisor, you can register for classes using your WebAdvisor account. Learn more by reading our “The Basics of Your WebAdvisor Account” blog post.

3. Do we offer scholarships for transfer students?

Cost is another huge determining factor for whether or not a student decides to transfer to a different college. PUC offers scholarships for transfer students, and one such scholarship is the Academic Achievement Scholarship for transfer students. This scholarship is solely based on your college cumulative GPA, and all you need to do is submit your academic transcript to the Admissions office. For more information regarding the scholarships we offer, visit http://www.puc.edu/admissions/finance.

There’s also an unbelieveable amount of scholarships available to college students on websites and search engines. Be sure to check out our “Five Tips for Finding College Scholarships” blog post for ideas of where you can start looking for money to pay for college. Who doesn’t want to  get some free money towards their education?

There’s still plenty of time for you to do everything necessary to become a PUC student this year. Winter quarter starts on Monday, January 5th and spring quarter on Monday, March 30th. For more information about transferring to PUC please contact me! You can reach me at Igdaly@puc.edu or 707-965-6642. My job is to help anyone planning or considering transferring to PUC, and to make that transition as smooth as possible.