With tuition on the rise, students are choosing to take the transfer route from community colleges to universities, saving them thousands on their first two years of college. While this is a smart path to take, transfer students must consider the college experience they are signing up for.
Getting adjusted to a brand new environment is hard enough. Not to mention, transfer students have the extra pressure of mapping out their entire college plan in two years to ensure they graduate on time.
Consider these pointers for transfer students
- Plan ahead. The transfer process from a community college to a university can be lengthy and tricky. It is important to map out your classes with your academic advisor at your home institution to ensure all classes transfer. You certainly do not want to take classes later down the road you could’ve easily completed at your community college for a cheaper cost. Also, thoroughly study the curriculum of the program you want to transfer into so there aren’t any last minute surprises. If you are undecided about which university or college you want to attend, talk with your academic advisor about transfer agreements. Most community colleges have deals lined up with in-state and some out-of-state institutions that will make transferring a breeze.
- Go to orientation. You may think to yourself, “I’ve been in college for two years, why do I need to go to another orientation.” For one, transfer orientations are separate from freshman orientations. They are smaller and cover topics relevant to your interests as a transfer student. It is also a great way to meet other transfer students. Who knows – you may even find someone to room with! It is also an excellent chance to meet with faculty and get an in-depth look at the degree program you want to pursue.
- Connect with current students online. Most colleges have groups on Facebook and Twitter for each class. Reach out to members of your class group to find classmates with similar majors and interests. Establishing those connections before the semester begins will relieve some of the first-week jitters.