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You’ll also have the opportunity to get answers to any questions you still have. Self-guided tours are also an option; they allow you to explore freely and cover the ground you find most beneficial.


Housing


Consider all your options when look- ing for student housing at your trans- fer school. Living on campus has its perks, but so does living off campus. Many universities offer on-campus housing options for transfer students. This gives you the opportunity to make new friends in the same situa- tion as you, which can help you set- tle in much more quickly. You’ll also be closer to your classes and the dining halls. You can also investigate off-cam- pus housing. Apartments in college towns typically have options geared toward students. If you’re worried about getting a roommate, there may be assistance available for that too. Sometimes universities and leas- ing offices offer services to help match you with a roommate. Many schools also offer public transporta- tion with routes that stop near complexes, making the commute to school easier.


Social life Moving to a new city or attending a new school means you need to meet new people. Making friends in class is helpful, but make sure to venture outside of class as well. These friend- ships make studying, maintaining a social life, and networking much easier to manage. The social envi- ronment you’ll be in is vitally impor- tant to ensure you enjoy your time at your new college or university. Research what student organiza- tions are on campus. Many schools also have groups on social media that can connect you with other transfer students. A solid support sys- tem while you’re away from home is priceless and extremely beneficial in helping you succeed.


During the transfer process, it’s cru- cial to explore all your options.


The Top 8 Things to Consider in Your Transfer College Search And the questions you should ask yourself about them!


1. Academics • Does the school have your ideal major?


Does it also have several good backups that work with your transfer credits in case you change your mind?


• What is the reputation of the faculty? What about the faculty in your major(s) in particular?


• What are the academic facilities, libraries, and labs like?


• What kind of research opportunities— not just in the sciences—exist on campus?


2. Transfer support • Who’ll be available to help you in your


transfer process and starting when?


• What is the transfer application process like?


• How are transfer credits evaluated? • Does being a transfer student affect your ability to get financial aid or housing?


3. Affordability • What is the average financial aid


package?


• Does financial aid include loans? • What is the average student loan debt? • Is the school need-blind or need-aware in admission?


4. Selectivity • What is the average admitted transfer


student’s academic profile like?


• How does the acceptance rate differ for transfers and freshmen?


• Does the school take a holistic approach to admission decisions?


• Does the school have any articulation agreements?


Transferring to a new school will be much different than when you ini- tially applied to college. The transfer process will bring obstacles you haven’t faced, but you have an abun- dance of resources that can offer you the assistance you need.


Most of the information regarding requirements and programs can be found online. When touring cam- puses, let yourself explore. If and


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5. Location • What is the town-gown relationship


between the college and surrounding community?


• What are the area’s employment opportunities like for students as well as recent grads?


• What’s the average cost of living and general quality of life?


• What kinds of recreational opportunities are there? • How safe is the area?


6. Community • What is the social scene like on


campus?


• How many students live on campus full-time?


• How many stay on campus during the weekends?


• How many are on campus during summer break?


7. Enrichment • What kinds of extracurricular


opportunities exist on campus?


• How many students participate in extracurriculars?


• How easy is it to start your own club? • Do any groups cater specifically to transfer students?


• What kinds of experiential education opportunities—such as internships, co-ops, and volunteering—exist on and around campus?


8. Campus support • What campus services are available


to students, such as tutoring, career guidance, and mental health counselors?


• Are any of those services available to you after you graduate?


when you run into a roadblock, ask for help. Admission counselors are more than happy to lend a helping hand. With the proper amount of research and guidance, transferring from one school to another will be seamless.


Jack Kroll is the Associate Director of Transfer Admission at the University of Colorado Boulder.


@CollegeXpress


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