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Insider tips - Make the most out of transferring to a new school

Posted by Kelly Hart on Dec 21, 2016 7:10:00 PM

Make your transfer painless

Going off to college can mean big changes for many students. But for transfer students, adapting to the changes can seem impossible. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when you’re interested in transferring to a new school and what to remember once you get on a new campus.

Transferring schools isn’t uncommon, especially for students who start out at a local or community college. The important thing is to find the right fit for you and your educational goals. So what are some of the things you should look for in a transfer school? First things first, programs. Connect with academic advisors and career counselors. They can help point you in the right direction and prepare a list of schools for you to check out.

Next, it’s time for some homework. Do your research and choose the right college for you - a school that not only excels at the degree program you’re interested in, but that also has strong connections in the industry. For example, students who want to earn their degree in criminal justice should look past the courses offered and check out the alumnae, the criminal justice alumni association, internship opportunities, and if the school offers any connections that could help with a potential career after graduation.

The third factor you need to keep in mind is cost. If you’re transferring in-state, you might be able to receive a break on the cost of tuition, especially if you are part of the Commonwealth Commitment in Massachusetts. Don’t forget about scholarships, either. Certain scholarships, like the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, award money solely to transfer students. It’s especially important to look for outside scholarships based on your current academic status/GPA, community involvement or even from your parent’s workplace.

Let’s say that you’ve already been accepted to your new school and aren’t quite sure where to begin. To start, look for on-campus housing. Living in a campus dorm is a great way to meet new people and learn your way around. It will also give you the opportunity to potentially save money instead of renting an apartment and using gas money to get back-and-forth from campus. You can learn more about the student housing options at Westfield State here.

make the most of your transfer

Next, get involved. If you’ve ever considered taking on a student leadership role or joining a club, now is the time to do it. You’ll have the chance to make new friends, but it also looks great on a resume. Look for clubs or associations affiliated with your degree program—that way you can meet other students from your courses, but also connect with faculty and staff, which will make the transition that much easier. For a complete list of all of Westfield State’s associations and organizations, click here.

Transferring schools is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be scary or confusing. It’s all about finding what’s right for you.

Want to learn more about transferring to Westfield State? Check out this blog from our student, Jonathan Cubetus.


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Topics: Transfer students, Paying for college, Choosing the right college

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