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How to Transfer Colleges: What You Need to Know

Posted by Marc Costanzo on Friday, May. 15, 2015

20121107_NMC_441-810352-editedChoosing to transfer to a new college is a big decision, but it’s sometimes necessary in order to take the next step toward the career you really want. Coming in as a transfer student requires some additional admission steps and special considerations, so let's break it down into some of the most important points to remember:

(Already know you want to transfer and want to get a headstart on making sure you get as many credits as possible at your new school?  Download our free Transferring Credits Checklist.) 

Really think about what you want in a new school

Are you unhappy with the degree options at your current school or having trouble fitting in to campus life? When you take a minute to consider what’s prompting you to look elsewhere, you’ll be better equipped to choose the right transfer school. 

Don’t skip campus visits

If you’ve been at your current school for a while, you might be out of college-hunting mode, but it’s good to get back into it. A campus visit is one of the best ways to get a feel for a college, so it’s an important step even if you’re transferring. After all, you don’t want to enroll sight unseen only to find out that the things that turned you off about your previous school are still in play at the new one.

Consider whether you’ll have to be in school longer

When thinking about how to transfer colleges, take some time to explore whether or not switching to a new program will mean more time in school. To be honest, that might happen, but if you’re aiming to make a change, it’s probably worth the effort.

Not All Roads Lead to Rome

If your chosen area of study just isn’t right for you or won’t lead to the kind of career you want, it’s most likely time to make the switch. Just because you started down one path doesn’t mean you have to continue on that same road. It’s better to make a change now than to finish and realize you’re no closer to getting the job of your dreams. (Not sure what you want to do but are short on time? We have a list of potential healthcare jobs you’ll be interested in.)

If you’re bringing in applicable transfer credits, changing schools won’t put you as far behind. These credits might not shorten your program length, but they will make room for things like family commitments or even a job that lets you gain experience before you graduate. 

The Transfer Process

For a full breakdown of the steps needed to transfer credits, see “Switching Schools?  Make Your Transfer Credits Work For You.” Here are highlights of common questions we hear from transfer students at Nebraska Methodist College:

  • What are the first steps for a transfer? It's very important that you get transfer credit information before committing to a college. At Nebraska Methodist College, we want to make sure we're the right fit for you and that you're on track for success.

    Students can have an official transfer credit evaluation done by our Registrar's office. Our admissions staff is well-informed about what classes transfer into our programs and they'll talk to you about how your transfer credits affect the program you’ll be enrolling in.
  • Will my grades transfer over and affect my new GPA? For undergraduates, we’ll transfer a class if you've earned a C- or better.  Graduate classes require a B or better. It’s important to note, however, that your past grades won't be used to determine your grade point average at Nebraska Methodist College.
  • How do I apply? The process for applying as a transfer student is a little different because you’ll need to make sure you get appropriate credit for classes you’ve already taken. See our transfer admissions page for a full list of the steps to take.

For more on admissions policies, contact our admissions staff by phone or email. We're always excited to work with students to make sure that every transfer process goes as smoothly as possible.

Fitting in After a Transfer

Once you’ve decided on a college and have your transfer in motion, take some time to think about how you’ll adjust to the new place. Look into student groups you might be interested in. When classes start, make an effort to get to know current students and seek out other transfer students. The same goes for your professors. When you’re open to new experiences, you’ll set yourself up for success at your new college.

Ready to start the transfer process? Our transfer credit checklist can help you get organized and make the transition easier.  Click the link to learn more.

Make Your Credits Count. Get The Checklist

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