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.
Whether during a campus tour or over the phone, be sure to ask these 10 questions:
1. Are there different admission requirements for transfer students?
Every college is different. Make sure you know exactly what needs to be completed and the deadlines.
2. Do I need to declare a major before I transfer?
Knowing your major early on will help you plan your courses and likely save you time and money. However, many schools don’t require students to declare a major until their junior year. If you are planning to change majors, be sure to talk about that desired change with your admissions counselor.
3. Will my credits transfer?
First, check to see if your current college has a transfer agreement with your desired college. If not, work with a transfer admissions counselor on credit transfer. College admissions counselors will often help you select courses at your current college that are preapproved for transfer credit at their institution.
4. What will happen to my financial aid when I transfer?
Your federal grants and loans are portable, as is your state aid if you remain in the same state. Merit scholarships and institutional grants will change from college to college. It’s important to complete your FAFSA as soon as you know you are planning to transfer. Plus, each school provides an online Net Price Calculator.
5. What scholarships are available to transfer students?
Be on the lookout for scholarship opportunities throughout your college career. Ask your desired college about ones that are specific to transfer students and also ones that pertain to your major.
6. What housing opportunities are available for transfer students?
Housing can fill up fast, but many schools have spots reserved specifically for transfer students.
7. As a transfer student, do I have to attend orientation?
If your chosen college doesn’t require it, it’s still a good idea to attend an orientation. It will help you to get a better sense of the campus culture as well as help you meet new people.
8. What other opportunities are there to meet other transfer students?
Transferring can be challenging, so seek out opportunities to meet other students. Ask about clubs, sports and other ways to build a network of friends.
9. Do you offer internships for transfer students?
Depending on how far along you are in your education, seek out information on internships early in your time at the new college. Many colleges are willing to connect you with the career or internship office during the admissions process.
10. What job placement assistance do you provide for graduating students?
Learn about the school’s post-graduation job placement rates and what career services they provide, including networking and on-campus recruiting events.