12 Tips and Facts About Being a Transfer Student

Cool facts and tips about being a transfer student!

Thinking about transferring? A lot of people have done so...over a third of US college students, that is, and even famous and successful figures like Barack Obama. Check out these other cool facts and tips for potential transfer students.

  • According to the National Student Clearing House Research Center, over a third of US college students transfer schools at least once, and almost half of those students transfer additionally.
  • The National Student Clearing House Research Center also reports that a little under half of all college-bound students in the US enroll at a two-year public institution to start their post-secondary education.
  • Transfer admission isn’t always more competitive than first-year admission. According to HuffPost, many colleges will admit more transfer students if they have a lower retention rate. So it may be easier to get in than you think!
  • Some colleges now have instant decision days, so you can find out if you get into a certain college the same day you apply! Colleges that have this perk may go to community colleges to recruit transfer students or host on-campus events for transfer students in the area.
  • 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.
  • Many states, including New HampshireNew Jersey, and Indiana, have websites that will help you determine which courses will transfer if you stay in state. 

Related: The Transfer Timeline

  • 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 $40,000 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.

Related: Financial Aid Strategies for Transfer Students

  • 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.
  • According to U.S. News & World Report, the colleges with the most transfer students (top three) are University of Maryland University CollegeUniversity of Central Florida, and University of Texas—Arlington.
  • Famous transfer students include Morgan Freeman, George Lucas, Martha Stewart, John F. Kennedy, and Barack Obama.
  • Don’t be afraid to get involved at your new school. Many students who have been on campus join campus clubs after their first year, so you may not be the only upperclassman new to an organization.

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