Thinking about transferring to a new school can be intimidating. For better or worse, you’ve invested your time, money, and energy at a given school, so it’s easy to second guess wanting to leave. Rather than make an emotional decision, be objective, and ask yourself the following questions:
- Why do I want to transfer? The simplest question can be the toughest to answer. Whether it’s the campus culture or a shift in your educational goals, be sure to identify what it is about your current school that has prompted you to consider transferring, and cement a set of criteria your next school absolutely must meet.
- What’s most important to me? Now that you have a list of reasons for transferring and a list of characteristics you want to find elsewhere, rank them in order of importance. You might find that your top complaints are manageable in a broader context (that one-stoplight town might not seem so bad considering how much you love the program).
- Does this new school really have what I need (or am I just guessing)? You’d be surprised how often students find themselves frustrated and anxious to escape one school, only to rush into enrolling somewhere else with nothing more than a positive review from a friend or relative. Advice from people you care about is important, but if you decide to transfer, you owe it to yourself to do your homework. Tour the campus, talk to admissions staff, and be confident the fit is right.
- Have you talked with the school you’re considering about their transfer process? Before you make any moves, consult with the experts. A transfer advisor will help you sift through questions like whether you have the grades you need, if your credits will transfer, and what financial aid you might be eligible for.