What to Do When You Want to Transfer Schools


College students may decide they want to transfer schools for a variety of reasons.

One of the most common reasons college students transfer schools is to further their educations. Many students begin their college careers at a two-year community college before switching to a four-year school to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Other students decide to transfer schools because they simply dislike their current school, for whatever reason. You may believe a certain college or university is perfect for you at first, only to find out later that it isn’t the right place for you after all.

Regardless of your reasons for transferring schools, here are a few things you should consider before making the move.

  1. Decide what type of school is right for you.

This step is going to require some serious thought. There are hundreds of schools out there to choose from, but only a select few will likely meet all of your criteria.

First, consider the size of school that best suits your personality. If you love the idea of a huge campus with several thousand students, a large school is the way to go. If you would feel lost at a large school with so many students, consider choosing a small school.

Other factors to consider include price, location and available degree programs. After considering all of your options, you may not only find your dream school, but you may also realize why your current school wasn’t a good fit for you.

  1. Visit campuses.

Once you have discovered the type of school that’s best for you, it’s time to visit campuses. Choose five to ten schools that piqued your interest, and set up campus tours and meetings with academic advisers.

This can be difficult to do while you are still a student at your current school, but if possible, visit all of the campuses you’re considering when classes are in session. This way, you can get a more accurate picture of what it would be like to attend each school.

  1. Make sure your credits transfer.

After you’ve spent countless hours of hard work to earn credits at your current school, you don’t want to have to repeat them again at a new school. That’s why making sure your credits transfer is so important.

Once you have narrowed your potential schools down to one or two, ask an adviser at each school if all of your credits will transfer. If you find that most of your credits will have to be repeated, selecting another school is your best option.

In many ways, choosing a school to transfer to is like repeating the college selection process all over again. However, the search will surely be worth it once you find your perfect school.

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Holly Nelms studies Mass Communications at East Tennessee State University. She loves writing and hopes to become a journalist after graduation.

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