Student Life

The College Transfer Process

by Kathryn Knight, Staff Writer

If you’re considering transferring, it’s beneficial to give the idea a lot of thought. The process can be timely and oftentimes emotional. Consider why you’re transferring, plan the process, and learn what to expect.

Why Transfer?
If you’re in unhappy about your college experience, it’s not long before transferring crosses your mind. In most cases, you may have just hit a rough patch with your classes or you’re fighting with your roommate—our advice: stick with it. However, you may feel unhappy about every aspect—academics, social life, roommates, programs. In that case, maybe it’s time for a change.

Plan Your Transfer
You’ve applied to colleges before, but transferring is a different process. Depending on how late you transfer in your college career, admission offices are going to be looking more at your college grades than high school. The SAT and/or ACT won’t count for much either.

Your college classes, or credits, are going to matter more as well. Mostly, colleges accept existing credits; however, there are some credits that won’t transfer. With that in mind, you need to be sure to discuss in detail with an admission officer or academic advisor how this will affect your college career and intended graduation date.

Finally, utilize resources at your current campus to help you get into your transfer college. Ask professors or program directors who have experience with your work to write recommendation letters on your behalf.

Some colleges set transfer deadlines while others take transfers on a rolling admissions basis. Generally, if you’re applying for admission in the fall, you need to send applications in late February/early March. If you’re applying for spring semester, send your application in late September/early November. Regardless, make sure you ask and understand what each college prefers and stick to those deadlines.

Financial Aid
Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of scholarship money to give to transfers. Expect to either haggle with the financial aid office or pay the sticker price. Also, there are transfer-specific scholarships available to students through other outlets—simply check in at

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