8 FACTORS A college transfer may be the best option for you. Changing colleges doesn’t always have the best reputation; to some, it represents failure or giving up.
That is completely untrue!
I must admit that as a transfer college student, it turned out to be the ideal decision for me. Even though I missed every aspect of the university I left, I managed to enroll in a program that was just as good and cost less money.
There may be hundreds of reasons why switching institutions may be the best move for you, but I decided eight would be a decent place to start.
1. YOUR PRESENT SCHOOL IS TOO EXPENSIVE You enroll at a college you truly enjoy attending, but the tuition keeps going up and your financial aid won’t be enough to afford the bills. Before you realize it, your student loan debt is out of control and it feels like you will have to pay off thousands of dollars before you even break into your chosen field of work.
Transferring institutions can be the best option for you if you’ve tried all of your financial options but are still struggling to make ends meet.
Give one of the many reasonably priced institutions with excellent offerings a chance. To avoid having to make payments on student loans for the rest of your life, I believe it is preferable to graduate with the least amount of debt feasible.
2. You want to attend a larger or smaller university. You’ll begin to sense the atmosphere at a school after a semester or two, and whether it’s a good fit for you or not. Some high school students choose to attend larger universities because they have a huge number of groups, facilities, and other students with whom they can form friendships. All of this can be incredibly stressful, especially if you have to use shuttles and navigate crowds just to get lunch every day.
However, some students choose to attend smaller universities because of the cozy atmosphere. They discover that lower class sizes are better for their preferred method of learning. Smaller campuses could have certain advantages, but they might not have as many activities, clubs, or dining options.
If you feel that your present setting isn’t working for you, try looking for something a little smaller, bigger, or in-between. Keep in mind that switching universities looks different for everyone.
3. YOU ACCEPT THAT THE WEATHER IS BAD As an out-of-state college student, I recall that since I had spent the majority of my life in Arizona, relocating anyplace outside of Phoenix (apart from a few places) meant I would have to adjust to a new environment.
You might have a similar circumstance. It’s possible that the city where the college you picked receives an excessive amount of rain, snow, or lack of sunlight. If the weather starts to have an impact on your mood, it’s time to move on and switching institutions is the proper decision.
4. GREEK LIFE, TOO MUCH (OR NOT ENOUGH) Although I’ve never been interested in Greek life, other college students love it. Many sororities and fraternities are known to be present at some colleges, whereas there are only a handful or none at all. Try exploring other schools that would better suit your needs if you find that the Greek life at your current school isn’t working for you. Additionally, you might want to research the dues for each sorority and fraternity so that you are aware of the financial obligations you will face if you pass the Rush process and are accepted as a member.
5. ELSEWHERE, YOU SEE BETTER CAREER OPTIONS Many students don’t mind moving to other locations around the country (and the world) after graduation, while some prefer to attend school in a city where they can picture themselves beginning a career. If you fall under the category of a student who wants to remain in the city in which they graduated, be sure to assess your current circumstances. If you’re unhappy or don’t see your career progressing there, you might want to think about switching institutions.
6. You consider transferring colleges frequently. You may be considering switching universities for a number of reasons, but if you discover that your thoughts are mostly focused on doing so, it may be time to take action.
Consider making a list of the advantages and disadvantages of your current school before you take any snap judgments. What sort of things do you enjoy? What are a few things that you dislike? Do you generally feel happy? Do you live too far from your relatives?
7. You want to switch to a major that isn’t available at your current school. I think it’s a no-brainer on this one. Transferring universities should undoubtedly be an option if you have a strong desire to change your major but your current university does not offer it. What good is spending four years in school if you’re only going to graduate with a degree in a subject you don’t care about?
I get that leaving your friends and the school environment you’ve grown accustomed to could be painful, but you must keep in mind that, in the grand scheme of things, college only occupies a relatively small portion of your life.
8. THE SCHOOLS ARE FAILING TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS Before I get started on this one, I want you to be aware that at least one or two professors will probably be completely useless to you. This means that you will attend class, memorize knowledge, recite it verbatim on test day, and then promptly forget it all.
It’s an issue if you feel this way about all of your classes. You aren’t paying a school thousands of dollars only to take examinations and receive no education.
Transferring colleges is a wonderful option if your current institution isn’t meeting your academic needs so that you can genuinely absorb the material and use it in your future work. Nothing is worse than having words put on a piece of paper without the knowledge to support them.
Have You Changed?
Do you have any knowledge of changing colleges? What made you choose to attend a different school?