Transfer and Career Info

 

Community College Transfer Tips

  • Commit to your transferring university by the 3rd semester of your academic career, so you can be in touch with your future advisor.  Courses get dropped or changed and you want to stay up to date with this.  Departments know well in advance what the changes will be in the future so it’s always a good idea to just call and make sure you’re registering for the right courses. 

 

  • Take as many math classes at the community college (CC) level as possible, rather than at a university.  At the CC level, you will receive more 1:1 help from your instructor than at a university setting. 

 

  • When consulting with your CC advisor, make sure the courses you are enrolling in will not only transfer to your prospective university but will also count towards your declared degree.  This is the same for online courses.  Stay in touch with your university’s advising office and this will keep you on track and prevent you from taking useless classes that just transfer.

 

  • Speak to your STARS staff and let them know what colleges you may be considering a transfer to.  This way we can get campus visits arranged to visit for special transfer orientation days. 

 

  • Connect with other students online.  Many colleges have Facebook groups for each class and for new students. Find your school’s groups and reach out to its members. You’ll find people with the same major, interests and more. It is a great way to find other college transfer students to hang out with those first few weeks before you find your place at school.

 

  • Befriend those in your major.  Since you are a transfer student, most of your classes are going to be upper level and within your major rather than the general education classes that are populated by freshmen. Get to know the people in your major because odds are you’ll be in a lot of classes with the same group of people. Having friends in your major helps you whenever there is a big paper, project, or test coming up. Plus, you’ll have friends that can relate to what it’s like to have a class with “that professor.”

 

  • Get involved.  In college, you have so much free time between and after classes.  I recommend joining at least one club or organization. It is a great way to meet people with similar interests and to do something you love. 

  • Go to office hours. As a transfer student, you are likely going to be diving into your major courses. Depending on your school’s size, you will have some professors multiple times. Introduce yourself and get to know them. Stop by during their office hours every so often, even if you don’t have a question about the class. Your professors are some of your biggest supporters. Let them get to know you so that when you need the help, you aren’t just some nameless face. Getting to know them early will help if things get tough.

  • Go to the career center early. As a transfer student, you are further in your college journey and closer to your career. Your career center has many resources to help you out. Having a relationship with the career center staff early will help you get internships and land that perfect post-graduation job.

 

  • Relax and have fun! College is all about new experiences. Don’t let being a college transfer student in a new environment stress you out too much. Go out and have fun. Plan on doing something that first week with the friends you made online or at orientation. Form a study group with people from your major. Find out the cool hang-out spot on campus and go. There are endless possibilities when it comes to college, so go out and enjoy.

 


 

Why You Should Consider Transferring to a 4-Year University

  • A college degree is key to economic opportunity. 

 

  • Research shows that on average, people with more education make more money than those with less. Associate degree holders average about $200,000 more over a lifetime than individuals with some college but no degree, while bachelor’s degree holders average over $720,000 more. 

 

  • Depending on the school, transfer students can account for anywhere from 15-40% of all newly enrolled undergraduates. 

 

  • Research claims that 80% of students entering community college indicated that they wanted to earn a bachelor's degree or higher, but only 30% actually made the transfer to a four-year school within six years.   

 

  • A 2017 Career Builder survey found that over a period of just five years, 38% of employers raised their educational requirements for open positions.