15 things to know about transferring colleges
Being a college student can be an exciting and challenging experience. However, sometimes things happen, and you might find yourself transferring to another college or university.
Whether it's because you want to pursue new academic opportunities, move closer to home, or change your major transferring colleges can be a daunting task.
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That's why we've compiled a list of 15 things you need to know about transferring colleges. Keep reading to learn more!
1. Research transfer requirements
Before you start applying to other colleges, make sure you research the transfer requirements of the schools you are interested in. This will help you understand what courses you need to complete, and what kind of GPA you'll need to have to earn a bachelor's degree from a four-year institution.
You'll have to apply for admission – take time to understand what’s required of you at the college or university you would like to attend.
2. Stay on track
Just because you’re transferring doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods yet. It's important to stay on track with your current coursework and maintain good grades.
This will make it easier for you to transfer to another college, as many schools require a certain GPA to be considered for admission. Make time to study and check in with your professors to see how you’re doing.
3. Talk to your academic advisor
Your academic advisor is there to help you succeed in your studies. They can provide you with valuable advice and help you figure out what schools would be a good fit for you.
They can also give you guidance on what courses to take and how to stay on track. Schedule some time to meet with your academic advisor and tell them you are considering transferring colleges.
4. Understand transfer credit policies
Each college has its own transfer credit policies, so make sure you understand how your credits will transfer. This will help you avoid taking courses that won't count towards your degree.
Some schools have articulation agreements with other colleges and community colleges. These can make transferring your credits much easier.
5. Look into financial aid
When transferring colleges, it's important to consider the cost of tuition and fees – and whether or not you'll be eligible for financial aid. Make sure you talk to your new school's financial aid office and explore all your options.
Most schools offer transfer scholarships that you may be eligible to receive. Also, don’t forget to fill out the FAFSA, which can help you pay for college with grants and loans with Federal student aid.
6. Plan ahead
Transferring colleges requires a lot of planning. Make sure you plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to complete all the necessary steps.
Review the important admissions dates and deadlines for the college you want to attend and put them on your calendar. Make a to-do list of everything you need to complete before transferring colleges.
7. Attend transfer events
Anything you can do to build relationships at your new college is a plus – start networking early and often. Many colleges host transfer events, where you can meet with admissions counselors and learn more about the school. Make sure you attend these events and ask plenty of questions!
8. Research academic programs
Every school offers different programs – and has different levels of program strength. Make sure you research the academic programs at the schools you are interested in. This will help you make an informed decision about where to transfer.
Reach out to faculty and set up a time to discuss your goals. You’re not alone in your transfer search.
9. Consider location
Location is an important factor to consider when transferring colleges. Make sure you choose a school that's in a location that's convenient for you.
Are you commuting to campus? Consider the amount of time you will spend traveling back and forth to class. Is the school commuter-friendly? Take time to research these questions before you take the plunge.
10. Connect with current students
The bigger the network you can build at your new school, the better. If you know anyone who currently attends the school you are interested in transferring to, reach out to them and ask them about their experiences.
This will give you a good sense of what to expect. Ask questions about what classes they have taken and what their plans are after they graduate. This will give you an idea if the school is ready to meet your specific needs.
11. Check out the campus
The most powerful tool in your transfer toolbelt is a campus visit. Make sure you visit the campus of the school you are interested in transferring to.
This will help you get a feel for the school and its culture. Ask lots of questions – do they have your major? How do they make help transfer students succeed? You should be a priority to them.
12. Apply early
Applying early can increase your chances of being accepted, so make sure you submit your application as soon as possible.
Meet with your admissions rep and make a list of everything you need for your application process, including college transcripts. The sooner you get these steps completed, the sooner you will be on your way to a smooth transfer to your new institution.
13. Keep your grades up
Grades matter in college. Even after you've been accepted to another school, it's important to keep your grades up.
Some schools will revoke their admission offer if your grades drop significantly. Make sure you are making time to study and stay up with your assignments in class.
14. Transfer smoothly
Give yourself a running start – once you've been accepted to another school, make sure you transfer smoothly. This will involve transferring your credits, setting up your new class schedule, and planning for housing.
Get connected with your admissions officer, your academic advisor, financial aid and any other important members of your transition team at your new school.
15. Network with alumni
Once you've transferred, make sure you network with alumni. This will help you make connections and find job opportunities after you graduate.
Many programs have special events where you can network with alumni. Take advantage of the extracurriculars that are offered to you. These can help you build a career!
The transferring process can be a daunting task, but by following these 15 tips, you'll be well on your way to finding the college experience that's right for you. Remember to plan ahead, stay on track with your coursework, and keep your grades up. By doing so, you'll set yourself on the path to success!
Central Michigan University has special scholarships just for transfer students. You could earn up to $3,500 per year for three years based on your GPA, how many credits you transfer in, and whether you’re a full-time or part-time student. If you’re a Phi Theta Kappa member, you may qualify for an additional $1,000 per year. And the best part? All you have to do is apply. You’re automatically considered for these awards.