3 Resources Transfer Students Should Know About

By Kaitlin Hurtado on January 13, 2018

For whatever reason, your current college situation may not be your best fit. You may find you aren’t thriving in the type of atmosphere the campus provides, there aren’t as many resources for your major as you would like, or maybe your current college was always viewed as a stepping stone to another campus. Regardless of the reason, you may find yourself looking into transferring to a different college. Transferring to a new college is a big transition and like all big transitions, it has its difficulties. If you are looking to transfer or have already transferred, here are some college resources that you should take advantage of to make the transition smoother.

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College Fairs 

This resource is particularly for those just beginning their path to transferring colleges and aren’t really sure where to start. These college fairs aren’t much different than the ones you may or may not have been forced to take part in during high school. Regardless of how serious you took them during previous years, these college fairs are the perfect opportunity to do research on a variety of colleges in a short amount of time.

You get to personally meet representatives from different colleges, getting a personal link to the college if you do decide to go forth in pursuing a transfer to the specific college. By going to different booths, you get to collect different resources right off the bat without spending precious downtime researching on your own. These resources often consist of information regarding financial aid, campus statistics, opportunities on campus, and academic programs.

College fairs are a great idea even if you are dead set on transferring to a specific college at the start of your transfer process. You may want to go to a specific school, but going to a college fair allows you to survey the other opportunities out there. You may find that some other campuses have more opportunities in your major, or even just as a transfer student in general. College fairs can be a great introduction to schools out of your radar, but full of opportunities, whether they are opportunities regarding networking, financial aid, academic programs, or more.

Campus Advising/Counseling Office 

If you are going to transfer colleges, it’s important to make sure that you fulfill all the requirements of the college you are planning to transfer for. Your academics so far may have met the requirements of your current colleges, but requirements vary college to college and you should make sure that you aren’t working toward transferring only to be denied over missing one small step.

Take advantage of campus advising office(s) to help you keep track of your transfer process. An academic counselor can help you evaluate your current academic standing and help you in making an academic plan to follow in order to meet the requirements of the school you want to transfer to later on.

It can get pretty overwhelming to keep track of everything you need to do in order to transfer on time. Meeting with an academic (or other type depending on the campus you are at) adviser will help alleviate the stress of transferring when you get the help of someone who has helped several others in the transfer process and is a lot more researched than you could be as a first-time transfer.

Admission Agreements

When you go to an adviser’s office, they will often point out different admission agreements that you can look to help shape your decision on where you are transferring and how you are going to transfer. Many two-year and four-year colleges have agreements in place specifically tailored to transfers in order to help them transfer colleges and minimizing the impact it may have.

These agreements vary and counselors can help you pick out which one suits you and your needs more, depending on the timescale you are wishing to transfer schools in or the workload you are willing to take on depending on your personal circumstances. The basis of these admission agreements usually outlines an academic course plan you need to follow in a specific period of time in order to transfer to the desired college once completed.

The academic course plans result in you getting your associates degree with a certain grade point average, granting you a transfer to the college you picked the course for.

Guaranteed admission agreements work similarly, but don’t offer a specific required academic course plan to follow for a transfer. Instead, they will allow you to follow your current college’s curriculum while studying there. You just need to focus on fulfilling the general requirements of the college you are aiming to transfer to, along with a couple of courses specific to your major or program, to gain a guaranteed transfer as a student of junior standing.

By Kaitlin Hurtado

Uloop Writer
Hello! I'm Kaitlin, a second year Literary Journalism major at UC Irvine. I'm a writer on Uloop's national team and a campus editor for UCI.

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