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Jun 18 / Douglas Peacock

The 4-Year to 4-year Transfer Student

For many reasons students decide to transfer from a four-year school to another four-year school. This can happen at any point and for any reason. It’s actually easier that many think, but does require some careful thought and planning. The largest issue that arises between transferring four-year schools is that you are trying to transfer one set curriculum to another schools curriculum. If you are staying in the same major, a major at one school will look different than another schools program. Here is some guidance on what to do if you are thinking of applying to a different four-year school.

1-Prior to starting at your original school. Ask yourself if this is the place I want to be for the next 4 years? Is this the right fit for me? Do your research take the tours. Meet people prior to enrolling.

2-Consider doing a semester at a four-year school. There is nothing wrong with going back to a 2-year school for a semester or more. This can be help with costs and may open you up to scholarship eligibility at your next school. Very little scholarship money is given to four-year transfers. Moving from one 4-year to another can put a lot of stress on your cost and loans.

2A) Consider doing a semester at a four-year school. Each four-year school has different general education. Transfer back to the four-year school for the MTA. The MTA can “equalize” general education. Transfer your four-year credits to a four-year school. Finish up the MTA and look at possible transfer plans. I strongly recommend this option. Especially for the MTA.

3) Make sure that this is what you really want to do. Make sure you are doing this for the right reasons. Is this decision progressing you toward your educational goals? Make sure you finish out at your school and maybe you can make the decision later.

4) Could your college change be satisfied when you go to grad school? If you are just desiring a change. Remember the graduate school option. You can still get a great experience through graduate school.