Everything You Need to Know About Changing Colleges

The decision to switch colleges requires an understanding of all the preparation that is needed. While it may seem like choosing a college your senior year of high school all over again, the logistics can be complex and make the change a challenge. Today, let’s look at the steps you can follow for a smoother transition to another college.

Assess your reason

It’s imperative that your reason for switching schools is to advance your potential for a successful college career. Fast Web emphasizes that adjustments can be made in order to smoothly transition to your new college. Departmental rankings may play a role in your decision, but you should certainly weigh out the factors that come along with each of our additional categories. 

Search for colleges meticulously

Develop criteria for the college you want. Base it on the courses, the conditions, and the location. This will help narrow down your search to your target schools.

Consult your advisor

Your advisor may already be familiar with the transfer process. They can endorse you to the people who can help you facilitate the transfer: the registrar, admissions, or financial aid.

Schedule on-campus visits

To get an up-close look at your target colleges, schedule a tour! Be sure that they are definitely where you want to go. An infographic about college visits featured on GradGuard mentioned that it’s best to soak up the atmosphere on campus.

Know your transferable credits

While visiting a prospective college, consult the admissions officer to know if they will credit some of the subjects you’ve already taken. In a guide on transferring college shared by Maryville University, an emphasis was placed on checking if your target college is accredited with your current college. This will increase your chances of getting previous courses credited by the new school.

Review your financial aid

Talk to your advisor and the financial aid officer at your desired school. It is crucial to have a good idea of your financial position and the feasibility of transferring.

Gather all the application requirements

Just like when you first applied for college the first time, acquire and fill out all the application forms. This may include your high school and college transcripts, letter of recommendation, and so on. Be sure to check with the university you are wanting to transfer to for a complete list of the applications and documents needed for transfer.

Submit application

Always be mindful of submission deadlines and the timing of when to expect to hear back regarding your acceptance. Remember to keep the communication lines open as universities are able to reach you in a variety of different ways from phone calls to email to texting.

Secure your spot

Finalize your commitment to transferring by making the required down payments on tuition and covering other fees as soon as you can. Fill out the necessary forms for housing if you’re going to stay in a dorm, and secure all similar arrangements.

These steps will help stay organized especially during moments you feel stressed and pressured along the way. Transferring to another college may be just as big a decision as your first venture into higher education. By preparing thoroughly, the process will be as hassle-free as possible.

As always, when you are looking into colleges to transfer to, be sure that you update your renters insurance information and look into GradGuard’s Tuition Insurance! GradGuard makes it simple and easy to update addresses, phone numbers, billing information, and more! Be sure to let GradGuard know when you move locations so we can help you out as best we can.