There are many reasons why students decide to transfer colleges. It might be because you want to move from a community college to a 4year school, you’ve decided on a major that isn’t offered by your university, your current school is too expensive, or even because you are not happy with the social environment. Regardless of the situation, many students experience the desire to transfer, and transferring schools is a big decision that takes a lot of work so it is important to be sure that you are making the right choice.
If you have put a lot of thought into it, started searching for transfer schools, and still believe that transferring is the best option for you then here are some things you need to know.
* Show your commitment to academics. Although you may not be happy there, it will be much easier to transfer to the school of your choice if the time you’ve spent at your current college shows your ability to succeed and do well at the college level.
* Give yourself plenty of time. You can’t just put in for a transfer one day and then leave for your new college the next day. These things take time. Give yourself at least a semester (although it often takes a full year) to fill out all the applications, get accepted and get yourself ready to move to your transfer school. In the meantime, concentrate on your academic performance.
* Thoroughly research your transfer school. Make sure that you take a close look at the school you plan to transfer to. Remember why you are transferring in the first place. Does this new school provide those things that are missing at your current college? Be certain you’ve identified what you want and that your transfer college can provide that for you.
* Find out how to pay for it. If you are getting financial aid or scholarships, find out how much or even if any of it can transfer with you. Most colleges have funds set up specifically for transfer students so look into any paperwork that you can fill out to help ease your transition financially.
Now you know the basics, and can make a better decision about whether transferring is for you.