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So you spent a year at college and it…wasn’t what you wanted. It took you until the Spring semester to realize the campus really doesn’t look anything like the picture, and the neighborhood doesn’t have all of those great places to visit that were advertised on the website. At some point in your first year of college, you decided living six-hundred miles away from home isn’t as great as you thought it would be. Maybe after a few science classes, you learned that science isn’t really your strong suit, and you’d like to transfer from a tech school to an arts school. Regardless of your reason for transferring, you’re only months away from starting again somewhere new! Check out these summer mindsets that will prepare you for your new beginning as a college transfer student!
An Open Mind
Perhaps your first year as a college student wasn’t too good at all. Your roommate was rude and a slob, you didn’t like your professors, your phone was stolen, the RAs were never around, and you didn’t get into the classes you wanted. It’s unfortunate that your college experience began that way. This summer, clear your mind. Leave all of that behind you and prepare yourself to try again! Embrace the extra-curricular clubs on campus. See your professors after class for help. Get to know the people in your building. You have the chance to start your life as a college student over, only this time, you’ll be just a little bit wiser!
A Set of Goals
As a college transfer, you’ve already gotten your feet wet in what it means to be a college student. This means you’re better able to create meaningful and reachable goals for yourself. Maybe last year you were only a point away from making Dean’s List. Maybe you’ve realized you didn’t do as much as you could as far as trying to meet new people on campus. Perhaps you didn’t call home as much as you should have. Use last year’s experience to come up with a few short-term and long-term achievements for yourself!
A Rounded View
As a transfer student, you have something many students don’t get the chance to see. You have the opportunity to see how your major is taught at one college verses another. You may get into a math course on the first day and realize you know an easier way to remember an equation than what the professor is telling you. You may find that you’ve already read a book you were required to read, and even have a paper written on it. You may find yourself in the middle of discussing a theory you spent weeks writing about last year. Take these opportunities to share with others what you learned elsewhere. Take advantage of these overlaps by fusing together what you’ve learned from multiple professors and classmates to create your own unique ideas and perspectives!
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There are plenty of reasons a student would transfer from one college to another.
It might be because they want to be in a different city. Or they want to be with a certain friend. Or they realized what they want to study and need to go to a school with a program for it. One of the ever-growing popular reasons is that a ton of students want to save money on college tuition; so they’ll start out for a couple of years at community college and then transfer to the four-year university.
Whatever your reason, or your friend’s reason, or that person who you forgot their name already but you remember that they said they’re a transfer student, a lot of people transfer schools.
Here are, according to US News, the 10 colleges and universities with the most transfer students in attendance:
1. Arizona State University
Transfer students enrolled for Fall 2009-5,388
Fun Fact-As members of the Pac-12 Conference, ASU has won 23 national championships.
2. University of Central Florida
Transfer students enrolled for Fall 2009-5,336
Fun fact-UCF was founded in 1963 with the goal of providing highly-trained personnel to support the Kennedy Space Center.
3. Florida International University
Transfer students enrolled for Fall 2009-4,336
Fun fact-FIU ranked 1st in 2010 in the U.S. for granting bachelor’s degrees to minorities according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
4. University of North Texas
Transfer students enrolled for Fall 2009-4,012
Fun fact-UNT’s residence life also offers what it calls REAL Communities. REAL Communities offer students with similar interests the opportunity to live with one another. Communities, for example, include Jazz studies, art and design, health professions, etc.
5. University of Texas-Arlington
Transfer students enrolled for Fall 2009-3,944
Fun fact-The students at UT-Arlington want for nothing considering the Rangers Ballpark, Cowboys Stadium and Six Flags Over Texas theme park are all located within 2-3 miles off campus.
6. University of Maryland-University College
Transfer students enrolled for Fall 2009-3,807
Fun fact-UMUC serves over 90,000 students worldwide. Wow.
7. California State University-Fullerton
Transfer students enrolled for Fall 2009-3,800
Fun fact-The CSUF campus has become known for its Fullerton Arboretum which has successfully bred the Titan Arum plant, which when in bloom, has the terribly powerful smell of dead corpse.
8. California State University-Sacramento
Transfer students enrolled for Fall 2009-3,771
Fun fact-The period between 1984 and 2003 marked unprecedented growth and budget stability for the University. During this period, the campus nearly doubled in size with the construction of over nearly a dozen academic and service buildings.
9. California State University-Northridge
Transfer students enrolled for Fall 2009-3,706
Fun fact-The Music Department is ranked amongst the top 25 accredited university programs in the nation.
10. University of South Florida
Transfer students enrolled for Fall 2009-3,696
Fun fact-USF is also one of the nation’s top centers for the advancement in research of treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases.
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