That is a great question. Making a transfer during your college years can cause emotional distress and uncertainty on what will be expected from the school you intend to enroll in. I transferred between my sophomore and junior year of college. It was nerve wracking at the time--because I had not gone through it. But the process was easy, quick and successful. If I had known now what I knew then, it would have been much less stressful. For that, you will have less stress with the advice below. The good news is that you have part of the challenge down. This and some other tips will be listed below:
- You are a current student and have the collegiate experience. This will help administrators see you as an asset to the new school--as you will need less help navigating a new process (compared to a current high school graduate)
- Limit the extra curricular activities to what you truly love and focus on that (one or two at most!). By keeping your focus on the ones you enjoy, you get to help others but not overextend. Overextending can be seen as a negative--so don't overdo to impress in this area.
- Keep your grades up. If you have concerns about acceptance, the grades will be a large factor. Along with having the college experience, the school administrators want to know that you put in efforts to attend classes, pass exams and participate fully in the college experience.
- Don't worry or be nervous about this process. If you got into college to begin with, transferring can be a breeze.
My advice is that you:
- Read the sources
- Talk to the admissions department of the school you wish to attend/visit campus to see what the expectations are
- Have the right balance: current student, good grades and only 1-2 activities
- Prepare your application and submit to the school
Below are some links to articles to help you navigate this process further. You will be successful in your transfer and I wish you the best of luck!