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Questions to Ask When Transferring Colleges

Categories: Admissions Advice

So you’ve decided you’d like to transfer schools! As you so diligently research potential colleges you could make the move to, keep an eye out for shadow programs that allow prospective students to follow current students through an average day of sitting in on classes, attending club meetings, and hanging out in the residence halls.

Shadowing someone allows you to be the closest thing to a student without actually being a student. It also means you can get the 411 from the person you’re shadowing on their experience at the school. So make sure you take advantage of such a robust resource! The more information you can squeeze out of your peer, the more informed a decision you can make when it comes down to finally choosing your transfer college.

Here’s a list of questions you can ask your college host:

  • Why did you choose this school as opposed to all the other schools you applied to?
  • Where is your favorite place on campus and why?
  • How would you rate your quality of education here?
  • What’s one word you would use to describe the student body overall?
  • Where is the best place to eat on campus?
  • Where is the best place to study on campus?
  • Would you say the students here are more academically or socially driven?
  • Do you feel comfortable walking around campus at night?
  • Are there better dorms to live in than others?
  • Do students generally live in the dorms every year, or is there a lot of off-campus housing?
  • How well do the RAs handle situations in your residence hall?
  • What has your experience been with accessing help from professors?
  • How big have your class sizes been?
  • Are you involved with any clubs or organizations?
  • What do people do here in their spare time?
  • Do you feel safe in the neighborhoods surrounding campus?
  • Would you ever classify this school as a party school?
  • What are students proud of about going to this school?
  • What is one problem or issue this campus is facing?
  • Why would people transfer to or from this college?
  • Are you happy here? Do you feel at home here?
  • What makes this college special to you?
  • What are you and your friends majoring in?
  • What are three things every transfer student should know about this college before their first day?
  • How easy is it to get around campus? Are there multiple campuses?
  • Where is the best coffee on campus?
  • Where do you think most students here meet friends?
  • Do you feel like you have ample space in your dorm room? How many people share one bathroom?
  • What is course registration like? Are you always able to take the classes you want to take?
  • How respectful is the student body of diversity?
  • What do you like best about your college’s culture?
  • How well do you think a transfer student could adjust to this college?

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10 Colleges with the Most Transfer Students

abcThere 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.