Transferring from a 4-year College: Should you?

One of the most exciting yet terrifying moments in my senior year of high school was receiving college acceptance letters and making a decision to attend a school. Students may choose to attend a four-year college upon graduating high school, and for many it is the institution they intend to stay at for the next four years of their lives.

However, sometimes situations arise in which you may find yourself questioning whether you should transfer to another university. Here are some reasons why:

  1. There is another major or program offered at a different school. From speaking to others, exploring jobs, or attending a career fair, you may find that there is a major or program better suited to your needs that is not offered at your school. Your current college may not offer as many opportunities as you would like, making transferring a justifiable option.
  2. Another school may be a better fit in terms of size or social scene. Choosing a university to attend is a difficult decision, and students may not know or consider these factors when accepting their spot. For example, if you feel like you are sinking in a large public university, consider searching out a smaller university that better fits you.
  3. Financial reasons. The college may be too expensive to attend. Perhaps you were only able to attend because of a scholarship. Alternatives can be to apply to a local college, so you can commute from home, or to consider public universities that offer in-state tuition.
  4. Unforeseen circumstances with family, health, etc. Circumstances can change, and the location of your college may be a hindrance to your studies and personal life. Students may find that it is more appropriate to transfer to college in a more convenient location to continue with their studies.

Is Transferring the Answer?

On the other hand, sometimes it may be worth sticking it out at your current school. If there is a major or program you desire, consider speaking to your professors and advisers for options on how you can make it work in your current school. Perhaps you can even create a major.

If you feel that the fit of the school is not right for you, going to clubs and participating in events around campus can help you create a community and foster a sense of belonging. As you make friends with similar interests and spread your roots around campus, you may find that you have grown attached to your school, and no longer see the need to transfer.

Furthermore, the transferring process is time consuming, and complications with transferring credits, delaying graduation, or receiving financial aid may not be worth the benefits of transferring. We will expand on this process in the future.

Ultimately, every situation is different. Consider your own personal reasons and why you want to transfer. See if your school has an articulation history with another university, and reach out to advisers at the institution you want to transfer to with questions about credits and classes.

Have you transferred from a four-year college? Comment below and let us know why!

– Michelle L.