The decision to transfer colleges hinges on many factors. Although each student’s experience is unique, considering several key questions can help students determine whether transferring is the right choice.
“Would I be happier at another school?
While you should always give yourself time to adjust to a new environment, it’s important to trust your instincts. Maybe that means transferring to a school closer to — or farther from — home. Maybe you want to attend a smaller school, or perhaps you’d rather study in a suburban area, yet with a city nearby.
Spend some time considering your options, and be honest with yourself about what you want. And if after all that, you’re convinced you aren’t happy where you are, you should consider transferring.
“Would my degree be worth more from somewhere else?”
If you’ve already declared a major, compare the program at your current school to that of the other universities. Is one more recognized for a particular area of study or concentration than another? How do their professors stack up? The facilities?
If you haven’t chosen a major, compare the programs you’re most interested in. Conduct research. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of both institutions, and whether either has earned any special distinctions or marks of excellence. Check for accreditations and national rankings.
“Does the school offer any services to help me get a job after graduation?”
College is a time to grow, nurture curiosity, and develop new interests. It’s about laying the groundwork for a successful, fulfilling career and future. Look for a school that provides students with career-making opportunities, such as internships and networking events. An internship not only provides invaluable experience, but can also lead to a permanent position.
If you’re interested in transferring to Hofstra University, the Office of Undergraduate Admission is sponsoring Transfer Days all throughout the month of January. Apply and receive an admission decision and credit evaluation, meet with an academic advisor and register for the Spring 2017 semester. Dates include January 3, 6, 9, 11, 17, 19, 21, and 23-27. You will need to submit a transfer application and transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities to complete your registration. Reservations for Transfer Days are recommended, but not required.