Checklist: What To Do Before You Transfer Colleges

One of the greatest things about college is that there is so many of them.

For the first time in your school-aged life you can chose where you want to go to school and who you want your teachers to be.

However, being that there are so many choices, it may be hard to choose the perfect school right off the bat.

If you’ve decided that where you are at college isn’t right, or you’re ready to make the move from community college to on-campus living, follow these steps to ensure the easiest possible transition.

  • Step 1: Apply

It’s an obvious step, but applying as a transfer student is a little different than applying straight out of high school.

First, make special note of deadlines. Transfer deadlines sometimes differ from first year student deadlines.

Second, get your transcripts out as soon as possible. If you are transferring as a freshman or sophomore, colleges may require both your high school transcripts and current college ones.

Also, a college registrar’s office may have a longer processing time for transcripts then when your high school guidance counselor did it for you, so be sure to request your transcripts early.

  • Step 2: Evaluate your credits

When you get to your new school, your advisor will determine how your current credits fall into their curriculum, but educating yourself about your standing beforehand will avoid surprises. There’s nothing worse then going into a new semester thinking you’re a sophomore when really you have to be a freshman again.

Open up your current program evaluation and put it side by side with your new expected one. If the majority of the credits you already have are useless for your new school, you may want to reconsider your decision or acquire extra assistance from your advisor.

  • Step 3: Get involved in your new school

Being the new kid in school can be intimidating, but if you’re comfortable with your new surroundings from the beginning, the transition can be a lot less scary.

First, take a trip to the campus and get a tour so you already know where your classes, the library and dorms are on the first day.

Second, find some people who are willing to take you under their wing. Whether it’s through mutual friends, Facebook, or an extracurricular activity, making friends at your new school is extremely important. They can give you all the insider information on good party places, professors, and off campus eateries.

Getting involved with people and events on campus also helps to establish pride in your new school, even if you don’t have seniority.

  • Step 4: Say a proper goodbye

Whatever the reason for your leaving may be, giving the proper goodbye to the college you’re leaving gives you closure.

Let your friends know you are leaving and end on a good note. Whether it is a farewell dinner or an all night movie marathon, good memories always overshadow the bad.

Before you leave, spend one last good day on campus. Go to one last football game, or go visit your favorite librarian.

Even though it wasn’t the best choice, any college that you attend becomes apart of you, and you should remember the best parts about it.

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Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente is a senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She will be graduating with the BA in Media Studies and Communications in May. Editing the Entertainment section for her university’s newspaper and magazine has fueled her passion for entertainment journalism, which is the career path she plans to explore. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, and catching up on celebrity gossip.