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What You Need to Know About Transferring Colleges

Posted by Marc Costanzo Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2022

What You Need to Know About Transferring CollegesChoosing to transfer to a new college is a big decision. But taking the next step toward the career you want may mean transferring is the best option.

There are a few extra steps to transferring colleges, but it will be worth it to pursue the career you want.

Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) works to provide the support and guidance transfer students need for a smooth transition to their new school.

What to Consider When Transferring Schools


Whether Your Current College is a Good Fit

When you’ve made the decision to switch academic programs, your next step is to decide if you should stay at your current college or transfer. Your current college may not be a good fit for you because of the program offerings, the structure, the class sizes, the social opportunities and more. This is a great time to think about what you want from your college experience.

What Your Career Goals Are

If your chosen area of study isn’t right for you or won’t lead to the career you want, it’s probably time to change your academic program. 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.

What You Want in a New School

Are you unhappy with the degree options at your current school or are you having trouble fitting in? Consider what’s prompting you to look elsewhere and you’ll be better equipped to choose the right transfer school.

How Your Campus Visit Goes

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. You don’t want to enroll in a college only to find out that the things that turned you off about your previous school are the same at your new school.

How Long it Will Take to Get Your Degree

Take time to explore whether or not switching to a new program will mean more time in school and whether that works for you. 

You may not be able to shorten the amount of time you’re in school. However, you may be able to lighten your course load each semester, making it easier to balance school, work and family. 

Transfer FAQ


What are the first steps for a transfer? 

After applying to your new college, you can estimate your transfer credits. 

You can have an official transfer credit evaluation done by NMC’s registrar's office. You can also work with the admissions team to find out what classes transfer into our programs.

Will my grades transfer over and affect my new GPA? 

At NMC, you must have a grade of C- or better at the certificate or undergraduate level or a B at the graduate level. A course must be similar to what’s required in the transferring school’s curriculum. 

You can use the Transferring Credits Checklist to learn what you need to do to make the most of the college credit you’ve already earned.

NMC uses Transferology, a free tool and nationwide network that shows students how coursework from other colleges and universities will transfer.

How do I apply?

During the application process at NMC, you’ll submit an online application and materials such as a written statement and transcripts.

You’ll have your current or previous college send your official transcripts to your potential college.

Official transcripts should be submitted directly from your previous institution to or Nebraska Methodist College Admissions, 720 N. 87th St. Omaha, NE 68114.

Is financial aid available?

Transfer students are eligible for financial aid.

Financial assistance for transfer students can come from various sources, including NMC, the Methodist Hospital Foundation, federal and state governments, private foundations, employers and more.

Once you’ve been accepted, work with NMC’s financial aid office to learn more about financial assistance.

How will I fit in as a transfer student?

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. When you’re open to new experiences, you’ll set yourself up for success at your new college.

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