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Transferring to a Different College

The application process for transferring is quite different than for regular admission. Here you'll find everything you need to know about switching schools.

Sample College Transfer Essay
If you are transferring to a different college, make sure your transfer essay is the best it can be. This sample transfer essay is for a student transferring from Amherst College to the University of Pennsylvania.

The Hidden Cost of Transferring to a Different College
Before you decide to transfer, make sure you understand the hidden costs.

Transfer Essay Tips
The essay for a college transfer application presents students with challenges that are quite different from a traditional admissions essay. The tips below can help students avoid common pitfalls.

5 Good Reasons to Transfer
About 30% of college students transfer to a different school at some point. Not all of them do it for a good reason, and many find that the grass is not greener after the change.

5 Bad Reasons to Transfer
Switching schools is often frustrating - you’ll have a whole new campus culture to learn, and you may find that not all of your credits will be recognized at the new school. Many students who transfer end up regretting their decision. Here are a few potentially poor reasons for leaving your current college . . .

Common Transfer Application
Click here to download a pdf version of the common transfer application accepted by hundreds of schools.

College Transfer Timeline
A brief timeline for students transferring from a two-year to a four-year college.

Guide to Transferring
Princeton Review's 8-Step Guide to Transferring.

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