Students transfer colleges for many reasons. Some change majors or move to a school that better suits their career path. Others start at a two-year college before transferring to finish their degree at a four-year college or university.
The transferring process varies depending on the school. As a result, it’s recommended that you complete this process directly through the school your attending or plan to attend. Your school will provide clear and precise instructions on how you can transfer from one school to the other.
Transferring schools can be intimidating and overwhelming. The process itself is often ‘tedious.’ Still, it can become more manageable with the right guidance and tools.
To give you a clear view of how to transfer schools, we put together a set of steps below.
Talk with your academic advisor
Most colleges have transfer advisors to help you through the process. They go over what classes you need to transfer and which ones will be transferable to your next school.
Some colleges work together, and sometimes, a lot of the courses are transferable between colleges. This is an excellent time to review your graduation readiness and determine what classes you need to graduate on time.
Search for your new alma mater
Searching for college may not be an exciting thing, but it will give you an idea of how you should base your search. Narrow down your search to schools that best reflect your areas of interest-based on the reasons you want to transfer.
Identify what credits are transferable
Each university and college has its own rules about which credits are transferable. Usually, students can determine what credits will transfer by talking to their new school’s admissions or registrar’s office. If you have an academic advisor, you can ask them if your classes at another institution are transferable.
Make sure you understand the financial implications of transferring over to another school
Go to the school’s website and find the tuition price. Most schools give tuition prices for transfer students. However, it’s important to note that your new school might come with additional costs — such as paying out of state tuition versus paying in-state tuition. When selecting a college, pay attention to what might change for you outside of your transfer credits.
Collect all required information for the application
Schools will ask for a series of documents to determine if you’re a good fit for their institution. You may need to provide the following:
- Most current and official academic transcript
- FAFSA® information
- Copy of legal documents (Social security and photo identification)
- List of extracurricular activities
You can find out what sorts of documents you’ll need on the school’s admission page. Also, you can contact the school’s registrar or admissions office to learn more. Knowing what the school needs will help organize and speed up your college transfer process.
Submit your application
Applying for college can be one of the most exciting and scariest things to do. Once you have completed all the steps, it’s time to apply. After you submit your college application, all there’s left to do is wait.
Put your deposit down
You got accepted, congrats! It’s time to put down your deposit, confirming a spot in the new college. If you can’t afford the deposit fee, try reaching out to the school’s admission office. They may be able to waive the deposit fee if you can demonstrate the need for financial assistance.
The transferring process is often tedious, especially between classes, so it’s essential to be patient. We’re confident that your transferring experience will not be so shabby if you take all the necessary steps.