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The College Transfer Process – A Four Step Guide

November 23, 2019 :: Admissionado Team

College Transfer Process | Admissionado

So college isn’t turning out exactly how you hoped, and you’re considering doing a college transfer. Maybe you thought you were a big city person, and it turns out you’re not. Maybe your college doesn’t have all the resources you need to achieve your new career goals. Maybe you’re just not gellin’ with the vibe at your current school.

There are lots of reasons why people choose to go through the college transfer process, but once you’ve made the decision to transfer, you’ve got quite a challenge ahead of you. Transferring isn’t easy, but we’ll walk you through everything you need to do to get you where you want to be.

Step 1 – The Decision to Transfer

Before you start that transfer application, make sure that you really want to transfer. Making the decision to transfer is not always easy. But here are three questions you can ask yourself to figure out if transferring is maybe the right way for you to go.

  1. What do I wish my current school had?
  2. Is there anything I thought I was going to love, but I actually hate?
  3. Have I given my school a fair chance?


Step 2 – The College Transfer Application

Once you’ve decided that you want to transfer, now you face the task of doing your college apps all over again. But also, transfer spots are even more competitive than freshman spots! But if you’re really committed to making the switch, not to worry. We’re going to break down this process, make it really easy to understand and throw in plenty of helpful tips along the way.

In this step we’ll talk about:

  • Making your school list
  • Putting together a timeline
  • The Application – transcripts and recommendations


Step 3 – The College Transfer Essay & Resume

The toughest part of the college transfer application is the essays and resume. There just aren’t as many spots for transfers as there are for freshmen. So it’s really worth your while to make your applications sparkle, and we do this through excellent essays and resumes.

Three things we need to see in your college transfer essay:

  1. Positivity – Avoid negative sentences and take about what’s making you excited about applying to this new school rather than why you’re unhappy at your current school.
  2. Interests – Since you’ve had an entire semester of college to ponder this, the college transfer app is going to expect a much stronger stance on what you want to study.
  3. Show Your Growth – Recycling a freshman essay never works, no matter how good it was. The college transfer essay is all about what’s DIFFERENT between then and now.


Step 4 – After You Submit, What Now?

This video is going to talk about what happens after you’ve submitted all of those apps. You probably breathed a huge sigh of relief that all of that was done, but maybe you’re a little nervous to hear back from those schools. So let’s go over some questions you might be having right about now.

  • When will I hear back?
  • What if I didn’t get in?
  • Hey I got into some awesome schools. How do I decide which ones to go to?

We’ve talked a lot in these four videos about how the transfer process can sometimes seem even more overwhelming and stressful than the freshman process. As if that were possible, right? But no matter where you are, if you’re considering transferring or if you’ve already gone ahead and started the transfer common application, and you want a little help navigating the process, drop us a line, we’re around.

Happy Transferring!