Transferring Colleges

Planning to transfer? Here’s some advice about the transfer process.

Transferring schools is nothing to be ashamed of or worried about. It’s extremely common! If you’re unhappy at your current school, why suffer through it? Whether you decided on a new career path and your first choice doesn’t have that program, or you don’t love the campus or the town, you’re not stuck.

Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re looking to attend a new school:

1. Meet with your advisor right away

The first and maybe most important step to consider when you want to transfer schools is to meet with your academic advisor. They are going to be able to give you all the information you need regarding transferring credits and staying on track for graduation.

2. Make a list of the things you didn’t love about your first pick and what you’re looking for next

If there is something you didn’t love about the school you’re planning to transfer from, you don’t want to go to a new school that has the same problems. Have a good understanding of what you want and don’t want in your next school and keep these things in mind as you do your research.

3. If you don’t already know where you want to transfer, do some research

Maybe you were holding out for your dream school and you reapplied and got admitted (yay!). If you don’t know for sure where you want to end up, get online and do some old fashioned research! Visit the campuses and meet with the admissions offices and get as much information on the schools as possible.

4. Crunch the numbers

You’ll probably be looking into schools of all different price ranges when you’re trying to transfer. If you rely on financial aid to pay for school, you’ll want to be sure you’re not too far off from your current tuition. If you’re looking at schools in a new town or new state, research the new costs of living. Housing costs and even groceries may be more expensive. You may need to create a new budget to keep track of your expenses!

5. Live on campus

Living on campus is the best way to transition to a new school. You’ll meet so many new people and find your way around campus much faster this way. Once you know what school you’re transferring to, look on the school’s online bulletin boards for roommates.

6. Join a club

Each campus has tons of groups to get involved in. Whatever your interests are, you’re bound to find a bunch of others with similar hobbies or passions! Intramural sports and student organizations are great ways to meet people.

7. Have fun!

Don’t lose touch with friends from your first school, but enjoy the new experiences you’re making at your new one! Be confident in your decision to transfer and keep up with school work to ensure you’re on track for graduation. Even if transferring schools adds an extra semester or year, be glad that you’re at a school that you love!

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