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Top Three Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before Transferring

Your four years of high school went by pretty quickly, didn’t they? You were encouraged to begin thinking about college as early as junior high. You may have, but for most students, it’s easy to wait until junior or senior year to begin seriously thinking about it. If you’ve opted to attend a 2-year college first, and know you’ll be transferring, the same suggestion applies: it’s never too early to start thinking about it.

Access and Affordability: Moving the Needle

Resounding voices across America are collectively shouting for greater college access and increased affordability. Students hoping to achieve a college diploma are conflicted. Students weigh the possibility of burdensome student loans versus the possibility of increased earnings a college degree may bring.

Leveraging your GI Bill

Our military veterans deserve our eternal gratitude, and so it is fitting that the government bestows the GI Bill as a reward that will affect a lifetime of positive change through a college degree. While this benefit is given to all who qualify, it doesn’t come with the simplest instruction manual.

How to Make the Most of Your Campus Visit

Transferring to a new school mid college career gives you the opportunity to meet new people, experience a new city and explore new personal and academic goals. And given that college is an experience in itself, experiencing different campuses is crucial to selecting the right college for you.

Art Portfolio Advice for Transfer Students

Applying to transfer into art schools usually requires submitting a portfolio for both admissions AND scholarship consideration. And no doubt the big question most students ask is, "What kind of work is Merit Scholarship worthy?" The answer, though, is as simple or as complicated as the type of work you make. Here are some tips for assembling a competitive portfolio.

Honors Program Offers Many Opportunities

Working on your associate’s degree while also thinking about where you’ll transfer to complete your bachelor’s degree can be a daunting time. But both Rabia Haider and Harmeet Kaur say the Ivy Tech Honors Program has made a big difference in their educational journey.

Scholarship Winner Shares Education Plans

Transfer Times is happy to announce that Jordann H. is the winner of the Transfer Times $6,000 Fall Scholarship Contest. She is currently attending Ivy Tech Community College and plans to graduate next December with an Associate of Science in Nursing, take the NCLEX-RN exam (a nursing licensing exam) and then transfer to a 4-year school to complete a RN to BSN nursing program.

Finding the Right Fit

Before taking their first class on campus, students in the Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP) at Ivy Tech Community College are thinking about transfer opportunities once they complete their associate degree. Students have to think about their transfer plans early because they complete their associate degree at the community college in just 11 months.

Big Changes Transfer Students Face

Many adults have the same daily routine. By the time they are 18, most people have a schedule mapped out for their week or maybe even the month. Being a transfer student really shakes up your daily routine. You meet new people, new professors and have a completely new environment. The one thing all transfer students have in common is change. While the idea may seem very intimidating, change can be very beneficial! Let’s look at some of the issues transfer students face when attending a new institution and how they can overcome them.

3 Tips for Transfer Students

Transferring to a new school mid college career is a bold and adventurous move. It gives you the opportunity to meet new people—perhaps live in a new city—gain new cultural experiences and challenge yourself. But challenge and change, although both inherently good, can be stressful and scary.

Preferred Pathway Programs Lead to Success

The best investment you can make is in yourself. When looking to reach your goal of getting your college degree, it pays to be smart about how you approach investing in higher education. A 2+2 or Preferred Pathway program between a community college and four-year institution can be a smart investment in your future.

10 Steps to a Successful Transfer

Transferring institutions involves many factors and procedures. Breaking down the college transfer process into small, manageable steps can make transferring easier and much less stressful.

It’s More Than Just Classroom Offerings

Transferring to a new college can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Not only is transferring an opportunity to begin fresh, but it’s an opportunity to renew your aspirations and ensure you’re attending a school that will offer you a quality education and positive campus life experience.

A Student's Perspective on Transferring

Transferring schools in the middle of your college career can be overwhelming and confusing. Obtaining the right information from the right resources is key to making the transfer happen smoothly. Here are some tips I would recommend to any transfer student.

The Transfer Bird Gets the Worm

Thirty-two. That is the number of college credits I had already earned the day I signed up for classes as a freshman at Ball State University. Three years later, I graduated from Ball State University with my Bachelor of Science. I completed my undergraduate degree in three years, and I owe it ALL to Ivy Tech Community College.

Why Small Private Colleges are Worth Considering

Transferring to a new college can be a wonderful opportunity for academic and personal growth, but finding the right one isn’t always an easy task. When considering your options, don’t rule out small, private colleges or universities, which can offer many advantages over larger, public institutions without the sticker shock you might expect.

Student Shares Transfer Journey

Nick K. won the Transfer Times $6,000 Spring Scholarship. He recently graduated from Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) with an associate’s degree in liberal arts. This fall, Nick has transferred to Bradley University to complete his bachelor of arts degree in sports communication.

Financial Aid Tips and Links

Here are some top financial aid resources from the web that could be very helpful for college students. The federal government now plays an important role in helping students and their parents finance college. If you already have a federally funded student loan, or may be getting one in the future, here are some government-operated websites that could be very helpful.

Making the Social Adjustment After You've Transferred

Transferring to a new college or university can be fresh and exciting, but it can also be daunting and lonely. As a transfer student myself many years ago, I can vouch that it can be an interesting experience. You’re certainly not a freshman (and you don’t want anyone to mistake you for one), but it’s true that you are new to campus. Many students meet people and initiate friendships quickly after arriving to college. This can present a difficulty to transfer students who show up late in the game.

Eight Steps to Get College Scholarships

Applying for scholarships is important for one simple reason: you can receive free money for college. Seriously, there are people out here right now, willing and ready to give you money to go to college. Finding this free money may seem confusing or too difficult. Don’t let that stop you because it’s easier than you think. It is time consuming but, not that hard. Yes, there are some important steps to follow but, it’s not rocket science.

Completing the Transfer Trail

Despite Life-Threatening Auto Accident and Lupus, Stacey Kozel Finishes Her Bachelor’s Degree - In 2016, Stacey Kozel became a national story when she hiked the entire 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail despite being partially paralyzed in both legs. However, the trail she took to complete her bachelor’s degree may have been even longer. After transferring three separate times over a 16 year period, the 42-year-old eventually received her Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Siena Heights University in May 2015.

Don’t Skip the Campus Visit!

There are many things that are important during the admission process for a transfer student—meeting application deadlines, submitting strong letters of recommendation, carefully reviewing your financial aid, among others. While there is no doubt that these pieces of the admission process are vital, an often overlooked part of the puzzle is the campus visit.

Top 10 Questions to Ask a Potential College

Whether you are changing schools out of financial need, family circumstance or advancing from a community college, transferring can be a complicated process. To ensure a smoother process, research potential schools that you think better fit your needs. Then, contact each school and seek out an admissions counselor who specializes in helping transfer students.

Compare Colleges Using Social Media

Deciding where to continue your education after high school can be a difficult and stress inducing decision. Learning what a school is like, even before visiting, could be very helpful when making a choice. In this age of social media, there's no better place to research what a particular college or university's environment is like before stepping foot on campus.

Factors to Consider When Transferring

College and university staff members typically work closely with transfer students to make the transition to their new surroundings as seamless as possible. Not only do educational institutions want students to obtain academic success and enjoy their entire college experience, but also look forward to best preparing them for a successful career. However, before a transfer student begins this new path in his or her life, they need to thoroughly explore the options available to them.

Ins and Outs of Transferring

Two long-time counselors share tips for students looking to transfer. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Assistant Director of Admissions Scott Johns has helped hundreds of students transfer between colleges — public and private — for 20 years. His colleague UWL Assistant to the Dean Guy Herling has counseled students on academic questions for 22 years. The duo is a valuable resource for transfer students. Here, they share invaluable advice for students considering moving from one campus to another.

Enhance Your Transfer Experience

As a student transferring into a bachelor’s degree program, you deserve not only a smooth and stress-free experience, but also personalized service and attention during the entire process. Your university admissions representative, advisor, or counselor would love nothing more than to help you succeed, and working together is the best way to accomplish that goal – just be sure to utilize us!

Planning Ahead for Your College Education

A college education is a great investment but it is important to plan ahead. There are many good reasons to start your college education at a community college. Maybe you have been out of school for a while and want to start slow to get back in the habit of studying. Maybe you didn’t apply yourself as much as you should have in high school and need the remedial coursework to get started. Maybe you graduated at the top of your class but just want to save money. Maybe all you need to get the job you want is an associate’s degree. All these are great reasons to start your education at your local community college.

Transfer Q&A

Transferring colleges is a big decision and it can raise a lot of logistical questions that can seem overwhelming at first. The most important thing to remember is to take these questions one at a time. After all, thousands of students transfer every year and have the same questions you do. To get you started, we took the opportunity to sit down with two transfer counselors to ask them some of the most common questions about transferring. ​

How to Prep for your Transfer

Like any student, you have many important questions that need to be answered before you apply to a four-year school, such as: time to complete your bachelor’s degree, the number of credits that will transfer, and the cost of attending the college. You also want to make sure that your transfer destination will fit your lifestyle and overall career goals.

Six Questions to Ask When Transferring Colleges

You’re looking forward to completing your associate’s degree, but know that you want or need to take your education further. How do you choose from all the options available for earning a bachelor’s degree?

Take Control of Your Academic Future

Do your homework! How many times have you been told to do this? I would say if you tried to guess, you would lose count. However, did you feel more prepared after you completed your homework? I would bet the answer is yes! As a transfer student, it is important for you to do your homework outside the classroom as well as inside.

Show a College It's Your Top Choice

Applying to college as a transfer student is different from being a first-time applicant in many ways. You’re part of a smaller, but often more competitive pool of students, for example. Your academic record now includes some college-level courses in addition to your high school grades and test scores. But there are some things you can do to increase your odds of acceptance, regardless of whether you’re a transfer or a first-timer.

How to Survive Transferring to a New College

Transferring to a new college or university can be challenging, but many students who have done it will say that it was the best choice they could have made. Transfers happen for a variety of reasons — you may be looking for a different academic program, tuition cost, or sense of community on campus, to name a few. Once you’ve made the decision to transfer, the next question is how to make the most of it.

Job or Internship Hunting? Don’t Make These Social Media Mistakes

Every college student and recent graduate has heard the spiel about refraining from posting wild party pictures on their social media profiles. They’ve been told not to share anything they wouldn’t want their grandmother to see. And they know, too, that all job seekers are expected to have an online résumé or up-to-date LinkedIn profile.

Seven Steps to a Great Campus Visit

With a little planning in advance, a visit to a four-year college or university campus can be very informative ... and even fun! A campus visit is an important part of finding the college or university that’s best for you. Admissions counselors are happy to arrange such visits and urge potential transfer students to visit the campus.