You started college at a two-year college to save money, or you’ve been going to college at a university and you don’t like, so it’s time to transfer. It’s important to ‘have all of your ducks in a row’ before you transfer to another college. I can’t reiterate enough to be aware of deadlines. Don’t wait until the last minute to send in any of your information. I’ve compiled a checklist so you’ll be ready to transfer and focus on excelling.
Apply to the college you want to attend: First thing’s first, have those applications (or application) ready to fill out along with the application fee. Make sure to know when the deadline is to apply and make sure your GPA meets the transfer requirements. If you need to have an admissions essay (which you probably won’t), get someone to read it for you like your advisor.
Make sure your credits transfer: It’s CRUCIAL that you know that your credits at your current school transfer to your future school. It would be disappointing to put in all of that work to realize that you have to retake classes you’ve already done well in. Check with admissions with the college you plan to transfer (and your current admissions) to in order to know if your credits will transfer.
Fill out your FASFA & include your ‘new’ college on it: Unless you just have it like that, you might want to apply for financial aid. Make sure to know the financial aid deadline for the university you’re planning to attend, and to fill out your FASFA will the university (or universities you want to attend) listed.
Pick your housing arrangements: Do you plan to stay on campus? As soon as you know you’ve been accepted, fill out the housing application and be aware of their deadlines. Be prepared to pay your housing deposit. If you don’t want to live on campus, scope out apartments in the area or student living apartments. There’s usually student housing apartments off campus close-by. University Parent has a great site that maps out housing in the area of the college.
Send your transcript to your ‘new’ college: Students need to send an official transcript from their current college to the college they will be attending. Usually, students can log onto their student account and request a transcript to be sent, but they can also visit the registrar office and request an official transcript be sent to their future college.
Do you have any tips that can help with the transfer process? Leave a comment.