A short guide to transferring

September 28, 2012

While it's important to think long and hard about where you want to go to school, transferring is always a possibility. Here are some tips for college students looking to switch schools.

Course transfers
Knowing what class credits will transfer from one school to another is a vital aspect of switching colleges. Understanding which classes will go toward helping you complete your major and which ones won't could be a good way to narrow down which schools you want to attend.

Howard Greene and Associates educational director Matthew Greene says that students should make sure they've examined all possible options before making a significant move.

"Many transfers have very legitimate and appropriate reasons for wanting to change the social or intellectual culture or level, extracurricular offerings, or, most importantly, academic opportunities available to them," Greene told the news source.

Finding a new group of friends
One of the most challenging aspects of attending a new school will be leaving your old friends behind and finding new ones. It's best to pick a school that offers a variety of clubs to join. Whether you enjoy playing a friendly game of Ultimate Frisbee or engaging in debate about high-level foreign policy decisions, finding people who share your interests could be a great way to get plugged into a new social circle.

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