What You Need to Know About Transferring to a New School

Transferring to a new university can be a stressful ordeal. It’s like you’re a freshman all over again, except you don’t have the support system that students completely new to college have. Yes, there are still programs and orientations that the university will run for transfer students, but often you have to figure out a lot of stuff on your own.

The most important thing to worry about when you transfer is your transfer credits. Before you transfer, save your old syllabi. You should always save a copy of your course syllabi because if all else fails in the transfer process, these will help your transfer college evaluate whether or not they will award you credit. This is important because it will keep you from having to retake courses and wasting money at your new school. If your academic counselor says that the university won’t accept certain courses, press him or her to contact the department and have them review your past syllabi. This process can often take quite some time, so be patient, but firm in how you handle the situation.

Your best friend at your new university is your academic advisor. This person should help you learn the ins and outs of attending classes, paying tuition, and otherwise becoming familiar with life at the new school. Your advisor will tell you exactly what classes you need to take, what credits you need to reach your degree goals, and what academic support services are available to you. Keep in touch with your advisor, especially in the first few months of your first semester, so that you don’t fall behind.

Another good resource to take advantage of at your new school is your fellow students. In some instances, you’ll have to initiate conversation, but you’ll soon find that doing so will be worth it. You can get information about great food nearby, what back roads to take in order to avoid traffic coming to campus, and what residency halls are the best to live in. Sometimes students can help you figure out whether or not you want to stay in a class; just ask them what they know about the professor. And, if you’re still shy, you can always go online and check out Rate My Professor to find out what students are saying about the school.

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