The 4 Questions to Consider If You Want to Transfer Colleges

By Julie Kang - New York University - NextGenVest Global Ambassador - Closer, NJ

Change isn’t always easy. Here are 3 things I learned from my transfer experience.Starting as freshman in college is completely exciting, but sometimes that excitement can wear off if you realize that your school of choice isn’t the perfect fit you expected.  If you’re considering transferring, learn from my experience to make the process smoother.

Q: When should a student consider transferring?

A: Getting settled in can take some time when you’re transitioning to living in a new place, making friends, and attacking a rigorous course load.  But if you’re finding that you’re just not meshing with the environment, maybe the school’s personality isn’t for you, or certain unchangeable issues present themselves, like the school not offering your decided upon major, transferring may be the best option.I entered Bates College with the best of intentions. But as time went on, it became more apparent that Bates was not the place for me. It was simply too small, in a remote town, and geographically far from my family and friends. From an academic perspective, my current major, Food Studies, was not offered at Bates. I made the decision to transfer to NYU because of the location and academics offered.

Q: How is the transfer process?

A: Similar to the college process, you need to do the common app and any supplemental essays. However, the common app asks you to fill out registrar’s form and a mid-term grade report. The registrar’s form is sent to your dean to sign. The mid-term grade report is an estimated grade at that time given by the professor. It must be signed and sealed, as a form of confidentiality. In addition, you need to contact your high school for your high school transcript. Personally, I reached out to my former college counselor for help, and he helped me by looking over my supplemental essays.

Q: What is one piece of advice that you can give freshmen who aren’t sure if they want to transfer or not?

A: It is completely normal to be questioning if you should transfer your freshman year. Speak to your advisor if you have any questions or hesitations. I spoke with my Dean about transferring. She told me 50% of freshmen consider transferring, 25% of those kids apply to transfer, 15% of kids get into other schools, and 5% end up leaving.

Q: Is there something I should I should emphasize on my transfer application?

A: Unlike the college process, transfer students are much more limited. Colleges look at transfer applications only after they have accepted everyone else. Therefore, it is highly competitive. There isn’t much leeway as far as extracurricular activities go. Admissions focuses strongly on 3 things: your freshmen year grades, high school transcript, and the Common App essay.