Many times, people start out at one school and transfer to another because their new school of choice fits their career and life goals better. However, transferring schools can also have some drawbacks that can become setbacks if they’re not addressed properly. The best time to deal with these potential drawbacks is before you leave the school you’re currently attending. The following list reflects three of the biggest concerns that transfer students face when changing schools.
Check Their Curriculum
While it’s nice from an ego standpoint to say that you go to a top 10 school, the quality of your school should mean more than just an emotional boost. For example, if you’re planning on going to medical school, then it’s important to attend a school that prepares you well in your field. Otherwise, you may not have as good a shot at getting into the graduate school of your choice. While some students do worry about the costs of a higher-quality school, often, these expenses can be justified because of the salary potential that a degree from that school will bring. Another way to cover the costs of a higher-quality school is applying for scholarships. See what scholarships you would be eligible to apply for as a transfer student. To get help figuring out which colleges offer more quality instruction than others, contact a Student Coach.
The prospects of going to a new school a long way from home can fill transfer students with excitement. However, there are matters that can make things seem less bright, like the number of school injuries or crime statistics a school officially reports. However, most situations in life come with at least some risk, so it’s best to be prepared for it rather than trying to avoid it altogether (within reason). Before you transfer schools, here’s what you need to look at in terms of safety. Find out what procedures the school has in regard to weather conditions, accidental and sports injuries, and anything that might be an emergency. It’s also important to find out what kind of campus safety measures the school has, particularly if it’s in a big city, like New York City. Most schools provide extensive safety programs for their students. Finding out what they are before you arrive on campus allows you to achieve peace of mind, especially if you haven’t decided yet on which school you’ll transfer to.
Will Your Credits Transfer?
A big issue for transfer students is the matter of transferring their credits to their new school. It’s up to the new institution to determine what credit transfer will look like. It may be that the new school will accept the credits. However, you may only get general equivalency credits in a subject, which qualify as elective credits, basically. This doesn’t help when you need to have certain classes to satisfy degree requirements. If your credits don’t transfer well, you may have to take more classes (and incur more expense) to get your course requirements out of the way.
It’s not unusual for someone to want to transfer to a new school. Such a move can have a positive effect on a student’s future career choices. The best way to find out how the school in question operates in this respect is to do enough research ahead of the transfer to ensure a smooth transition.