The Ticket to Transferring
Follow these five tips for an easy journey to a new University
Transferring to a new school can seem scary. Whether you’re making the decision to attend a different university after your freshman semester or two years into your college experience, transferring is a big change that should not be taken lightly. If you are thinking about transferring schools, here are five tips to help make the process easier:
1. Find Your Fit
There are many reasons why students may decide to switch schools – ranging from moving to a college with more opportunities to wanting to be closer to home. By identifying the true reason as to why you would like to transfer schools, the process of finding a new school that’s a great fit for you will be much easier. Talking this over with friends and family can also help you get to the root of why you are craving a different college experience.
2. Credits are Crucial
It is no secret that the number of credits which are transferrable to a new school will play a huge part in your final decision. It is also important to focus, however, on which credits are transferring. Sometimes certain college courses won’t count toward your major or undergraduate requirements at a different university, so it is crucial to make sure the credits that matter most are the ones that can be transferred. This will also help you stay on track at your new school and prevent you from having to delay your graduation date. At Centenary University, counselors are available to meet with you to review your credits and how they would apply to your degree.
3. Be Career-Minded
Those who transfer schools sometimes are doing so because they have a better idea of what they’d like to do after graduation and realize that their current institution is not helping them achieve that goal. Researching different colleges and their program options will help you identify a school that can prepare you for your dream career. Additionally, looking into a school’s faculty and how their experience and connections might help you advance in your career is another great way to narrow down your choices.
4. Experience the School Firsthand
You can research tons of schools online, but sometimes setting foot on campus, in person, is exactly what you need to help you decide. From checking out the campus to meeting with students and faculty, an in-person visit will inevitably give you more insight into what attending a particular school would be like. Centenary University offers Instant Decision Days for transfer students to visit, apply and receive an admissions decision right on the spot, which is perfect for those looking to transfer quickly and easily.
5. Stick to Your Gut
No matter what other people may say, deep down you are the only one who can make the decision to transfer to a new university. After carefully reviewing your options, you’ll know which school is best for you and your future. Just listen to your heart and make the decision that will benefit you, now and in the long term.