It’s estimated that over a third of students end up transferring to other colleges or universities. This includes students transferring from community colleges to 4-year institutions, those who go from 4-year institutions to 2-year institutions, and students who transfer from one 4-year institution to another 4-year school (or, additionally, going from a 2-year institution to another 2-year institution).
If you’re transferring from a 2-year institution or a community college to a 4-year institution, you may find that academic and cultural life is different at your new school. You may find yourself living on campus and in classes that are much larger in size. The resources may be expanded and there are new opportunities to get involved on campus. You may have more financial pressures with the increased costs associated with a 4-year college or university.
If you’re doing a lateral transfer and going from a 2- or 4-year school to another 2- or 4-year institution, it’s important to find your community on campus. Many schools, especially 4-year colleges, have a transfer student office or similar resources to help students acclimate to campus. Get involved in a student organization to meet new people. If you’re able, try living on campus to meet other students and feel more connected to campus.
Regardless of where you’re transferring, you will need to make sure you have completed your health form and are in compliance with the immunization requirements of your new school which could be different, especially if you have transferred to a school in a different state.
You can also ask your new school if you can speak to another student who has successfully transferred for some tips and guidance.