Whether you are currently at a community college or already at a four-year university, transferring schools can be stressful. With these five tips, you will be prepared and informed to make the best decision for you.

  1. Talk to an advisor. If you are even remotely considering transferring, always talk to your current advisor, they are more helpful than you think. By talking to your advisor, you’ll find out what courses you need or ways to research other universities. After talking to your current advisor, reach out to an advisor from the university you want to attend. They will help make sure you are on the right track for transferring. An advisor will help make sure your courses transfer, that you have the GPA needed to get into the university, and see what dates the application opens for the semester you want to transfer.

  2. Look over the transfer application. It doesn’t hurt to look over the application even if you are not 100% sure about transferring to that school. Look over the essays and see if can get a gist of what you would write about to the admission board. Don’t be frightened if the application seems long, do one part at a time and once you start writing, it will come to you. If this is the school you feel you belong at, you will not be dreading the application process.

  3. Visit campus. This is an important one, by visiting campus you can get the feel of the environment. Ask yourself these questions: Can I see myself here? Does this college make feel safe? Does being here make me excited to transfer? By asking yourself these questions, you can know if you belong there. There is nothing more important than having that excitement and school spirit in your college. Remember, this is your home away from home, make sure you love it.

  4. Talk to your friends and family. Always talk to your loved ones when making an important decision. They know you better than anyone and will be honest with their opinions on the university. It is always beneficial to have a couple of opinions before making a big decision like this. You want to make sure that this university is meant for you and that, no matter how far it is, you will not be completely miserable there. If you already have friends at the university you want to transfer to, reach out to them and ask them any questions you may have. Whenever I am about to make a big decision, I talk to my mom and she is always helpful and supportive. Whoever that person is for you, talk to them, it will help you ease your mind about the stress of transferring.

  5. Listen to your heart. Lastly, listen to your heart. You will know when you have found the right university for you. Whether it is big or small, popular or unpopular, if you feel that it is the best fit for you, go. You don’t want to be stuck at a university that you do not love. Always listen to your heart.

Jamie Lynn
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Living in the heart of Aggieland. Sassy republican, friends fanatic, and makeup obsessed. I'm enjoying my life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness while I drink a sweet tea.

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