Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Thinking of Transferring? Application Tips and Tricks for Transferring Students

 Thinking of Transferring? Application Tips and Tricks for Transferring Students
By Brittney Bodden
World Education Services

So, you’re thinking about transferring? Looking for a new experience in a new location within the U.S.? If you’re an international student looking to transfer schools, don’t worry; you'll be fine. Making the most of your transition is ultimately up to you, but here are a few tips and tricks to get you started on your journey.

1. Choosing the right school: The question on every student’s mind is: How do I choose a school that's right for me? Yes, selecting a U.S. college or university as an international student can be stressful, especially the second time aroundbut it’s not impossible! With such a wide variety of choices, don’t limit yourself to just the “name brand” schools. Be open to both small and large universities; public and private institutions; and rural, suburban, and urban locations. When transferring, choose no more than five schools to apply to; the application process can be tedious and you want to produce your best quality work in each submission.

2. Plan ahead: Whether you are transferring from a two or four-year school, planning ahead is a necessity. Because each school has its own set of rules and requirements, it’s important to utilize all of your resources. Here are basic resources to get you started:
  • Your current campus advisor can guide students through their college experience including course selection and career advice.
  • An academic advisor at your school of interest can answer any questions you may have about the college and ensure that your transferring experience is successful. 
  • Check each school's website for transfer students (for example, here’s the NYU page) for detailed information and instructions.
  • Check additional websites on post-secondary education such as College Navigator and the U.S. Department of Education.
3. Follow instructions and meet deadlines: It’s important to be mindful of all deadlines that might apply to your program or college of interest. Although some schools have one set list of requirements to follow, others might have several, including different processes for general admissions and transfer students. So, do your research carefully and thoroughly, and remember to follow the instructions listed while also staying up-to-date on any additional information that may be asked of you later on. Because you want the best chance possible of receiving an acceptance letter, make a list of deadlines for each school that you’re applying to, and then mark each one after its completion.

4. Transferring credits: There are many benefits to transferring your college credits from one school to another. It allows you to avoid repeating the same courses and can also save you money. Although it’s likely that not all of your credits will transfer to your new college or university, having your credentials evaluated by a third party such as World Education Services may be your best bet.

5. Grades: Although it may seem obvious, some students don’t realize that there is never a guaranteed acceptance into a university. A main criterion for transfer students is their grade point average (GPA) at their current school. Your grades are a reflection of your academic achievements during your previous years. Therefore, it’s important to begin your first year on a strong note by working hard, taking challenging classes, and maintaining a solid GPA that will give admissions experts insight to your work ethic in the classroom.

6. Ask questions: There is no such thing as a dumb question, especially when it relates to your education. It’s vital to understand the application process when transferring to another college or university, so ask away. A few questions to consider:

  • When is the best time to transfer?
  • I'm still undecided about my major. Which courses should I take?
  • Are there scholarships for transfer students at four-year schools?
  • How many transfer students are accepted each year?
  • Will the credits I earn be accepted at the four-year colleges I’m considering?
  • What tutoring assistance is available?
If the application process is unclear or the website doesn’t answer all your questions, feel free to reach out to an advisor at the college you are interested in attending. There is an endless amount of questions to askso don’t hesitate to do so!

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