Transfer Tips

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Cool facts and tips about being a transfer student!

  • Students who spend two years at a public community college followed by two years at a four-year school save an average of $6,800–$35,000 in tuition and fees, according to figures reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • Many four-year colleges and universities encourage transfers and have developed special agreements (called articulation agreements) with two-year colleges to make it easier for students to transfer.
  • Some scholarships are reserved exclusively for students who transfer from two-year to four-year schools. For example, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awards scholarships of up to $30,000 to students in this category. And more than 600 colleges and universities offer transfer scholarships to members of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for students in two-year colleges.
  • A number of studies have shown that students who transfer to four-year colleges from two-year schools do at least as well (if not better) academically as those who started there as freshmen.
  • If you earn a diploma from a state university or private college after transferring from a two-year school, it lists only the name of the degree-granting college. The end result is the same even though it costs you much less.
  • Join a club. Many students who have been on campus join campus clubs after their first year, so you may not be the only upperclass student new to the organization.
  • Many states have websites, such as New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Indiana, that will help you in determining which courses will transfer if you stay in state. 

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