Transferring to a new college can be an extremely stressful situation. There are a million deadlines with no guarantee of being accepted to the colleges apply for. Take it from someone who’s been through the process before. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to a stress free transfer.
Make a list, no scratch that, make lots of lists. One list for every college you’re applying for. Each list should have every deadline for that college and a check list of things to do before you send in your application. Be sure to include school specific scholarships to apply for and their deadlines on the same list.
Lists are great for getting the whole picture but don’t forget to sit in on classes multiple times. Take a trip if you can to the university you want to go to and sit in on classes you’d like to take there. You don’t want to transfer and then find out they don’t have enough chairs so you have to stand for your entire class. That happens, I’m not kidding.
Let’s say your dream college is University of Washington Seattle. If you apply and don’t get accepted, then you’re kind of screwed. You can reject a college that accepted you but you can’t go to a college that rejected you. It may cost more to apply to other colleges but that $60 spent on an extra application could be the difference between going to college this year and going to college next year. Some local colleges are accepting more out-of-state students to gain more tuition revenue, so don’t rely completely on your GPA to get into your college of choice.
When you’re applying to a college, you can apply as a freshman or a transfer student. Double check the university’s requirements for a transfer student. For example, Running Start students aren’t considered transfer students even if they graduate with an associates degree. Usually universities will require at least five college credits gained after high school graduation before you’re considered a transfer student. Even then, if you have less than 45 credits you could still need to submit SAT or ACT scores with your application. These numbers specifically are based off of University of Washington Tacoma requirements so, once again, double check your prospective university’s specific requirements.
Most importantly, relax. Don’t work on your application every single day. It’s not worth it. What’s the worst that can happen? You have to wait a year? Great, now you get a whole year to have an internship or part-time job. Transferring is incredibly stressful for everyone, so don’t be afraid to ask for help from someone who’s been through it. Odds are that they’ll help you in an instant, because they’ve been through that same stressful process you’re going to experience. So take it easy, you don’t finish transferring to a new college in a day.
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