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When transferring, do colleges and universities look favorably when you belong to multiple organizations or clubs or it is less important for a transfer student.

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So, I am a transfer student that participated and was a leader in multiple clubs and organizations in both my first university and my current. Admissions did take these positions into consideration when they were deciding on admitting me into their program, however, they were more interested in my academic performance and personal life. I believe these groups definitely helped showcase that I was interested in being involved and had the ability to adjust to the changes, but I am unsure if that will be what every university will look into when deciding to take on a new transfer. If you are involved in such things, great! I would definitely add that to what you are sending to a new university if that is what you are doing. Ashley H. Translate
I think a college is always interested in how involved you are. If you're involved at your old school then that makes you a better applicant because you're likely to be involved at your new school. Side note: Make sure the involvement is an actual commitment, not a 1-meeting-a-year deal Kiara S. Translate
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Hi Jennifer,

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:

  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  1. Read the sources
  2. Talk to the admissions department of the school you wish to attend/visit campus to see what the expectations are
  3. Have the right balance: current student, good grades and only 1-2 activities
  4. 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!

  1.  https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/slideshows/10-things-prospective-college-transfer-students-need-to-know
  2. https://www.theodysseyonline.com/advice-transfer-students-transfer-student
  3. https://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/transferring-colleges
  4. https://studybreaks.com/college/transferring-colleges/
  5. https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/loans/student-loans/expert-advice-transfer-students/
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