How do I know when to Transfer Colleges?

It’s not always easy to trust your gut when it comes to decisions about college. For some, intuition might suggest that you’re not at the right school. But for the rest of those students looking for validation that you might be better off elsewhere, we’ve compiled a list of reasons for wanting to transfer. If you can check off five boxes or more, it might be time for you start looking into the transfer process.  

  • The school is too small or too big.

  • You’re the smartest person in the room (never a good sign in any situation).

  • You have no desire to go out and meet new people.

  • The major you want isn’t offered.

  • You’re skipping class because ~nothing matters~.

  • You’re overly homesick. No matter how much you don’t want to admit it, you’re going to be homesick at college. It’s completely normal to get back to your dorm at the end of day and miss your parents. But if you’re so homesick that it’s taking away from your day to day and it’s something you think about constantly, you’re either at the wrong school or need go to a school that’s closer to home.

  • You don’t like the people. We’re not talking about the one annoying person that lives down the hall. We mean that you aren’t meeting interesting people that are academically curious, challenge you, and introduce you to new ideas.

  • You’re effortlessly getting straight A’s.

  • It’s going to take you more than 4 years to graduate because you have to create your own major. (If this is the case, you should start by looking into schools that offer your desired major).

  • You’re not inspired by conversations you have with peers outside of the classroom.

  • You haven’t found a group of friends. Making ~best~ friends isn’t easy, but after a few months at school you should have met a few people that you can at least look forward to grabbing a meal with.

  • The social scene isn’t what you want it to be. Maybe you’re at a party school and can’t get anything done in your dorm because people are up at all hours, or maybe the scene is a little too lowkey. It goes both ways.

  • You’re not having fun.

  • You look for any excuse to leave campus or go home on the weekends.

This list doesn’t cover everything, but it’s a good place to start. If you’re seriously considering transferring, you should make a list of what you don’t like about your current school and another list of what you’re looking for. Transferring colleges isn’t as easy as most people think, so be honest with yourself about your goals (academic and otherwise) and start by looking into colleges that have what you need.


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