Stop: Read These Tips Before Transferring!


Scroll through this article for a listing of what you need to do before, during, and after transferring colleges!

Before Transferring

Do these things before leaving your current institution:

1. Keep your course syllabi

If your transfer college doesn’t accept your previous college courses as you hoped, you have the opportunity to petition for credit. To do so, you’ll need the course syllabi for each course you’re submitting for reevaluation. If you don’t have a course syllabus that you need, it’ll take you several days to get in contact with the respective person at your previous college and have them email it to you. By simply keeping your course syllabi, you’ll save yourself time and energy.

2. Keep working hard

Transferring isn’t an excuse to disregard your classes or workload. If anything, it’s time to shift into high gear to show admissions counselors what you can do! Many colleges require final grades from transfer students before they’ll accept us; make sure you finish strong so that you can transfer to your dream school!

3. Meet with your school’s transfer counselor

If your current college has a transfer counselor, definitely pay them a visit. They’ll be able to guide and educate you on the process. Make sure you ask them about core-to-core and dual-admissions agreements!

4. Get involved

Round out your (amazingly good) grades and resume by joining some campus organizations or volunteering. Whether or not you have a solid resume and good grades, being involved on campus shows college admissions counselors that you have time management skills and the potential to become involved on their college campus.

While Transferring

During the transfer process, these things need to be done:

1. Meet with your school’s transfer counselor (again)

It’s worth a quick stop by your current college’s transfer counselor again to make sure you aren’t missing any requirements on their end. Some agreements between colleges require you to sign papers to make it official.

2. Talk with college admissions counselors

Make sure admissions counselors know who you are. Ask them questions such as how many transfers they enroll each year, and if they have a transfer orientation.

3. Check accreditations

Most institutions will only accept credits from colleges that are accredited with certain organizations, so make sure you know which your current college is accredited with. Also check which accreditation(s) your potential transfer college will accept credits from. It isn’t worth spending time researching a college if they won’t accept any of your credits because of an accreditation mismatch (unless you aren’t trying to transfer in credits).

4. Visit campus

Stop by campus and imagine yourself as a part of the campus community. Some colleges require an on-campus interview, so make sure you complete that while you’re on campus.

After Transferring

You need to complete these things after transferring colleges:

1. Get involved

Make sure you put every effort into becoming a part of the college community. For ways to get involved on campus, view this article.

2. Keep connections

Even though you left your previous college, you probably made valuable connections there. Don’t let them go to waste! Stay in contact with the people (especially faculty and staff) that you met; you never know when they’ll come in handy!

3. Work hard

If your GPA wasn’t as good as you hoped at your previous college, you now have a clean slate to start fresh. Put work into your classes and communicate with your teachers; it will pay off!

We wish you the best of luck transferring; comment below if you think we missed a step!

– Sarah C.

For more tips on the transferring process, check out these articles:

What I Wish I’d Known Before Transferring

What You Need to Know Before Transferring as a Sophomore