Successfully Transfer

There are several reasons why students decide to transfer from one college to the next. It doesn’t have to be a difficult and frustrating process though if you go about it the right way. The most common reasons why people consider such transfers include:

Transferring from a 2 year college to a 4 year college
Going forward for a Master’s Degree or Doctorate
Overall value of the education
Lower cost to attend
Better or less expensive housing options
Family is relocating

Regardless of why you are transferring from one college to the next, there are several things you need to get into motion. They will help you to complete the process with the least amount of work involved. They will also improve the value you get at your new adventure in college.

Go in with a Plan
If you know from the start your plan will be to complete a program at a 2 year school and then transfer, go in with a plan. Talk to the transfer schools in advance to ensure the credits from your current program are going to transfer. Nothing is more disappointing than discovering they won’t.

More community colleges are partnering with 4 year schools to make the transfer process one that is very smooth. You may discover you also qualify for scholarship funds if you transfer to a handful of selected schools they partner with. Some of these scholarships are need based and others are merit based.

Start Early
As soon as you know you will be transferring or you are considering it, start finding out what you need to do. It can take time to get everything completed. You don’t want to be in a crunch when it comes to time or getting necessary paperwork done. Don’t wait until the end of a school year either as students and faculty are both busy with the various preparations.

You don’t want your needs to be placed on a back burner because it isn’t a priority to the person at the other end. Instead, you want to give them ample time to work with you and to talk about the transfer. Get the paperwork done that you need to and that gets things in motion.

Visit with your Advisor at the Current College
Make an appointment to sit down with the advisor at your current college. Explain to them your plans for transferring and they can let you know the specific steps to take. It can vary based on the college. They can also go over your classes with you and the credits you have completed.

If you currently have classes in place, they can also include those in the transcripts they provide to the new college. They can put on the transcript those classes are in progress. The new college will ask for an updated transcript at the end of the semester. However, what is provided to them up to that point gives them a good indicator of where you are with your classes.

Visit with an Advisor at the Future College
Schedule an appointment with your advisor for the future college. When it is possible, go to the college in person. Sit down with them and go over your course plan so you can see what you will still need to complete to earn your degree with them.

If you can’t meet with them in person, schedule an appointment over the phone. You may be able to have the phone conference from the office of your current school. They can sit in and help to facilitate the transfer information.

Apply
As a transfer candidate, you still have to apply to the given schools where you would like to attend. Knowing your options with the classes that transfer though is important. Don’t apply if the school can’t give you credit for what you have already learned. While not all of your credits are likely to transfer, look for a college that accepts most of them.

Complete the application process as soon as you can. There is likely to be a deadline that differs from new college student deadlines. Your high school transcriptions and your scores such as ACT/SAT won’t matter as much this time around. Instead, it will reflect more on your grades and school involvement.

Get it in Writing
Many college students have been frustrated and disappointed when the actual transfer takes place. This is because what they were told they needed or what they could do gets changed. Always get the plan of action in writing with signatures from those involved. It will save you hassles in the future and ensure a smooth integration into the new program you will be working to earn a degree through.

Must be in Good Standing
There is a very good chance you will be asked why you are transferring. If you are in good standing at your current college, then it shouldn’t be an issue. However, if you have had disciplinary issues, you have an outstanding bill, or you have poor grades it could prevent you from getting accepted by the new college of your choice.