Last Updated: May 9, 2018
Not happy at your current school? Think transferring is too stressful?
To many people, transferring seems to have a negative connotation. They may not want to put in the effort to do it or get discouraged through the process. Although it can be tricky, it is possible. And it is most definitely worth it in the end.
For me, it was a long and reflective process. And that was only prior to deciding to transfer. You have to put a lot of thought into it and make sure transferring is for the best. I weighed the pros and cons of leaving my current university and ultimately had to decide if I would be happier and better off somewhere else.
Related: Essential Tips for Transfer Students
There are numerous reasons for changing schools. Some students want a new major that isn't offered at their current school, while others want an improved student life. Once you decide why you want to transfer, you should look for a school that has the credentials you're looking for. Researching different schools and asking the admission office questions are great ways to get the information you need. Speaking to the admission office and advisors helped me greatly and gave me clarity on my choices.
Before you transfer, you should make sure you have all the prerequisites you need to be admitted. When I first started looking for a different school, I had no clue that I needed to take a certain amount of credits or prerequisites to be admitted into the school of my major. Some schools require you to have at least 60 credits before applying, while others don’t. At many universities, you’ll receive priority admission if you have an associate degree (the equivalent of having 60 credits). Also, if your prospective college provides you with details about recommended classes, you should probably attend those courses before you transfer there. I thought I wouldn’t have to deal with the recommended classes if I didn’t want to take them, but I was wrong. When I arrived at orientation and spoke to my new college’s advisor, I learned that I had to take the recommended classes after all. I wish I had taken them at my community college so I could’ve gotten them out of the way.
Don’t stress, and know that there are (and were) plenty of students who are in the same boat as you. I certainly was, but I made it through it. You can too!
Some final tips that may aid you in your transfer process:
- Send in your transcripts as soon as you can. You will receive your admission response quicker and won’t have to worry about your acceptance status for weeks.
- Transfer orientation is more layback and shorter in time than freshman orientation (yeah!).
- When going to orientation, get there early because there is usually a line for registration. Remember to bring important academic papers and required information with you.
- Make sure to look over the orientation brochure you receive because it contains important details on your orientation and its schedule.