3 Pitfalls to Avoid as a Transfer Applicant

For those of us who have been through the transfer application process, we know how easy it is to get caught up in the whirlwind of school and life. It’s much more convenient to simply place our transfer applications on hold, to be picked up again when things slow down.

However, the last thing we all need is that extra stress that comes from putting very important things to the last minute. Here are three mistakes to avoid as you begin your transfer applications:



1. Starting your application too late. Procrastination is a habit that gets us all, especially because we have commitments both in and out of school. Start your essays earlyif you have free time, brainstorm and jot down ideas or phrases that come to mind. Having a rough sketch to edit will make your life a lot less stressful instead of producing a whole set of essays right before the deadline.

What people oftentimes forget, however, is that the essays aren’t the only components to your application. Your application also requires your transcripts, test scores, and personal information, all of which you need time to collect and input into the system. Don’t let the scramble to turn in these components on time detract from your application!

2. Taking the “wrong” classes. Some people know that they want to transfer as soon they graduate high school, but others don’t make this decision until they’ve experienced their new college and decided to look for a better fit. If you have even the slightest interest in transferring, it doesn’t hurt to look up articulation agreements with schools you’re interested in to see what their requirements are for transfers, as well as how your credits could potentially transfer.

Taking the “right” classesthose that transfer and give general education credit, for example, or count towards major requirementswill make your transfer process that much smoother. Do your future self a favor and check to see which classes transfer to the institution you are interested in.

3. Not asking for help. It’s easy to just rely on yourself throughout the transfer process, especially because you feel like a pro after completing your college applications. Don’t let yourself fall into this pitfall! If you have even the slightest questions about the college itself, ask a current student or college adviser. If you have questions about your essays, reach out to friends and family. Having another set of eyes look over your application will reduce the risk of errors and fine-tune any rough edges.

Whether your question is about whether you should even transfer, to what you should fill in for a specific question on the application, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Just ask!


For more information about avoiding procrastination as a transfer applicant, check out our Transfer Timeline. Furthermore, use our Transfer Checklist to stay on top of what you should be doing as an applicant! For more things to avoid as a transfer student on campus, view this post.

– Michelle L.