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Transfer Students: Helping your Student Plan for a Transfer

Despite extensive research into picking the “right” school, students may find that the reality of the college they have chosen is not what they had expected. They may even decide that transferring may be the right option for them. It’s very likely that they chose their initial school with no intention of transferring but found that something didn’t quite fit. It’s okay if they have to transfer — nearly 30% of college students actually do.

However, there are certain aspects of transferring to a new school that your student should spend some time considering and be prepared to handle.

Adjusting to a college transfer academically can be challenging. What will your student’s academic life be like once they’re enrolled? And most importantly, what courses will transfer from their current school?

Certainly if academics are the primary reason your student is transferring then they should have a good handle on what they are looking for — specific major, the size and availability of classes, academic advising, career counseling, and opportunities for internships, etc.

Understanding exactly how you’re going to enter the university is of great importance. Regrettably, each university has different policies and procedures. University’s websites, where most have specific sections dedicated to transfer students, is the best place to start. Below is a list of questions your student should ask each of the schools they are considering:

  • What grade do they have to earn in a course for it to transfer? Will a “D” transfer?
  • What GPA do they need to transfer?
  • Will their GPA at their old school transfer?
  • How will they know how many credits transferred and how the credits fit into a major?
  • When is the deadline for transfer applications?
  • What is the maximum number of credits they can transfer?
  • Are certain courses required in order to transfer?
  • If courses do not transfer, what happens to them?


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