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• Does being a transfer have any impact on access to fi nancial aid or scholarships?


• What percentage of students are transfers? How many came from community colleges and how many from other four-year schools?


• Is there anything I should be working on right now with the transfer counselor at my current school?


Explore a campus’s “hidden gems”


In addition to researching the resi- dence and dining halls, keep an eye out for hidden gems—cool areas of campus that you may not have the chance to see when you physically visit, like a student-run coffee house or art gallery.


Be sure to “explore” off campus too.


Schools usually have an abundance of dining options right on campus, but if you’re a big foodie, your new college town may have a lot more options downtown or by a “main strip,” pro- viding loads of other stuff to try (and plenty to see and do too). Try Googling the town and reading Yelp reviews to learn more about the area.


Questions to ask and things to investigate: • What dining options are there on and around campus?


• Is it easy to get around campus or to the nearest town or city?


• Where do students do their shopping (groceries, dorm essentials, clothing, etc.)?


• What are the off-campus living options, and what do they typically cost?


• What kind of public


transportation system does the campus and town have?


• What companies are near campus for possible internship opportunities?


Listen closely to the tour guide Even virtual tours may feature real students who are currently enrolled in the school and are outgoing and eager to share the “inside scoop”


about their campus. Listen closely to them as they escort you through the must-see locations and tell you about key hangout spots where you may spend a lot of your time. Some schools also offer webinars where you can ask the host questions, so take advantage of every opportunity to learn more.


Questions to ask and things to investigate: • What happens during transfer orientation?


• What is the campus social scene like and how easy is it for transfer students to get involved?


• Are there any specifi c resources on campus for transfer students?


• What resources are available for commuting students, such as travel vouchers or parking passes?


• What resources are available for students with families, such as housing or child care?


• What has the school’s response been to the pandemic situation?


Connect with current students With many students at home and online, now is the perfect time to connect with current students at your dream school! Ask the admission of- fi ce if they have any students who are willing to talk with you over FaceTime or Zoom, or even just exchange emails with. It’s a great way to learn about the real side of a school and just see some friendly faces. You may also have the chance to connect with fac- ulty in your department of interest if you inquire about it.


Questions to ask and things to investigate: • How easy is it to meet people on campus?


• How welcoming is the campus community?


• How supportive are the faculty and staff?


• Do you know any transfer students? If so, what was their experience like?


• What do students do for fun on and off campus?


• How’s the food at the dining halls? transfer.collegexpress.com  2021 25 @CollegeXpress


• What’s your favorite thing about the college?


• What’s your least favorite thing about the college?


Start touring anytime! The best part about online tours is you don’t have to book a time to visit, spend money on travel, or cross your fi ngers for nice weather. You can hop online and start exploring potential transfer colleges whenever you feel like it! Most schools have virtual tours you can take right now, including DePaul University, Merrimack Col- lege, New York University, and more.


With the pandemic still afoot, it may feel like your college transfer has been put on hold—but it doesn’t have to be! Going on a virtual tour is the per- fect way to keep the process rolling. It may not be what you had planned to do for your campus visits, but it’s a great alternative during these un- precedented times.


Health and Safety Tips for In-Person Campus Visits


If you do visit colleges in person, be sure to follow these general guidelines for your health and safety (and everyone else’s too!).


 Wash your hands often, and bring pocket hand sanitizer.


 Stay six feet apart from others outside your immediate family when you’re on campus.


 Wear a mask over your mouth and nose when you enter a building or can’t social distance.


 Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow, and don’t spit on the ground.


 Cancel your visit and stay home if you’re not feeling well!


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