Originally Posted: Feb 16, 2016
Last Updated: Feb 16, 2016
If you’ve been a college student for less than a year, you may want to ask your old high school teachers if they would be willing to resubmit their original letters of recommendations from your senior year. This should work out okay if you are transferring to another college as a freshman. However, if you are transferring as a sophomore or junior to your new college, it would be beneficial to get to know some of your current professors if at all possible (start by going to office hours). If you are in large lecture classes, try talking to your TAs. It’s also a good idea to find out if the college you want to transfer to even requires recommendations for transfer students. Some colleges will simply consider your grades for admittance.
Charlotte M. Klaar, Ph.D.
Klaar College Consulting LLC
This may sound odd, but why are you transferring after a short time? You should remain in one college for at least a year before considering transfer. This shows the receiving college that you gave it your best shot, that you tried to be involved in campus activities, and that you were able to excel academically in the environment. If you need to transfer due to financial or family concerns, then your advisor should be able to write a letter of recommendation for you.