Thinking of Transferring?

By The Dunbar Team


College Freshmen and Sophomores: Thinking of Transferring?

Every year at this time, we will hear from students who, for a variety of reasons, express an interest in transferring to another college or university. Perhaps, a student desires a larger (or smaller) college. Or, maybe they have discovered that they would be better served to pursue their intended major at another college. The reasons are varied and personal, but for some, it feels like a good idea to take the necessary steps in applying to another college.

Our stance towards transferring is that it should be considered carefully and seriously before starting the process. If you are a freshman, give your current college a chance; it takes time to adjust to a new environment. The grass is not always greener at another institution and you would certainly want to make sure you only do this once.

Students who are thinking about transferring may find the tips below helpful and can either contact their Dunbar consultant directly or the group at:


Transferring Tips from Dunbar Educational Consultants

* Colleges respect strong academic work done at other colleges. The stronger your college transcript is, the better your transfer chances will be (most colleges will expect at least a B average in previous college work).

* While colleges will also evaluate your high school transcript and, in most cases, your SAT/ACT scores, they will place more weight on your college record the longer you are in college. In some cases, your chances to transfer to your dream college will be better if you stay at your present college for two years, especially if your high school transcript or test scores were not as strong as your performance in college.

* While it is possible to transfer to some colleges mid-year, there are usually more spaces available in the fall. Application deadlines for fall transfers vary from college to college but are generally in March and April. Check each college’s website for their transfer application deadline and requirements.

* The number of transfer applicants and the spaces available will vary from college to college and from year to year. Therefore, unless you are fully prepared to remain at your current college, it is best to apply to several colleges that represent a range of selectivity.

* Carefully look at all the requirements, deadlines and transfer policies of the colleges to which you are considering applying.

* Your application essay must be an honest, specific statement about your reasons for wanting to transfer to another institution. If you are applying after your sophomore year, colleges will expect you to know what you plan to major in and why.

* Colleges will require 1-2 recommendations from professors at your current college. It is important therefore that you do your best to get to know your professors, and vice versa, so that they can write as positively about you as possible.