Written By: Bethany Williams
Transferring from one college to another is a process that can be exciting. The anticipation of a new start at a new school, and meeting new people, is something to look forward to. Switching schools is exciting, but there is a process that can be long and difficult if not done the right way or if you don’t stay on top of all-important deadlines. Transfer students are similar to freshmen on campus, but have the advantage of having some college experience.
I know very well the experience and process of being a transfer student. I transferred from, Florida State College at Jacksonville to Bethune-Cookman University and now here to UNF. Each school is very different and something I had to adjust to, but before I began my first day of classes it was a process I had to go through. The process is very similar to incoming freshmen, but also a little different.
When it comes to transferring schools, it is always important to choose a school that best fits you. It is important to look for the cost of attendance, number of students, and make sure the department that you are majoring in is a good organized one. Also research the graduation rate and ask people who attended the college their experience. I also recommend that you take a campus tour. A campus tour will help you decide if you really want to attend the school and you will also meet some people there that will help you answer any questions you may have.
Once you’ve selected the school that fits you, it’s time to look up application deadlines so that you will have enough time to get the application and other necessary information in on time. Transferring with your associate degree is a great benefit. You will be exempt from many of the classes that underclassmen will have to take and you’re automatically accepted into upperclassmen level. Also, as always make sure you have all financial aid information and paperwork done.
When you’ve received your acceptance letter, it is important that you keep in contact with your school’s admissions and financial offices. Many students forget to turn in important documents that they need to begin classes. When the school does not receive these documents on time, you risk starting classes late. Once you receive your acceptance letter set up an appointment with your academic advisor. When you’re a transfer student picking out classes is different process. You have to make sure you select the right classes for your major or any electives that best fit your major.
The most important thing when transferring to another college is to be excited and have fun. You’re another step closer to finishing your undergraduate education. Meet new people, get involved on campus, and have fun. But, also make sure you stay focused and work hard.