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by Lan Ngo

Transfer Students Apply to College, Too. How Come We Don’t Help Them?

September 6, 2009 in Adjusting, All Transfers, Community College Articles, Four-Year Transfer Articles, News, Requirements, To Transfer or Not


Stephen J. Handel explores this question in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. While doing research for a book on transfer admissions, he discovered that… there’s practically nothing out there for transfers! He searched high and low, both online and print resources, but still came up empty handed. This is despite the fact that “the transfer-student market is huge and growing.”

Handel admits that there is some information available, but it’s nothing to brag about. Gigantic college books published by The Princeton Review, The College Board, Barron’s, and others go into great detail about the freshman application process, but advice specifically for prospective transfer students is “vague or nonexistent.” Check out the books yourself, and you’ll see that it’s true.

Desperate, Handel tried searching, something that we tried before we started working on our book and website. If you search “transfer admissions” you’ll come up with a hodgepodge of results – most books aren’t even for transfer students. The top search result is a book that we’ve bought and read. We’ve bought others as well. Our suggestion: hold off on these and save your money. Don’t believe us? Go ahead and buy them, but know that we tried to warn you.

The argument is that the lack of transfer-specific information is due to the fact that “it is more complicated to summarize.” Sure, there’s more variation within the pool of transfer applicants than seen in the freshman applicant pool, but so what??!! We shouldn’t be ignored.

I’ll end with some smart questions written by Handel. Make sure you get the answers to these questions as you research the schools you’re interested in:

1. How many transfers are admitted in any given year relative to the number that apply?

2. Do you admit transfer students as sophomores or juniors?

3. How can a student become minimally eligible to transfer to your institution?

4. How can students become competitively eligible for your most popular programs?

Our blog post about transfer friendly colleges can help you get the exact numbers for question 1. To find answers to questions 2 and 3, you can start with college websites. For example, check out the criteria for UC Berkeley transfer applicants here. You should also call the admissions office to ask questions 3 and 4. While you’re at it, make an appointment with an admissions counselor.

It can be scary when there’s so little info for transfer applicants, but you’re not alone. We’ve been there, done that, and succeeded. Many others have done the same, and so can you.

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by Lan Ngo

How to Get a Free Transfer Admissions Consultation… From the College That You’re Applying To

July 11, 2009 in Admissions, All Transfers, Community College Articles, Four-Year Transfer Articles, Requirements

How to Get Free Admission Advice... from the School You're Applying to!

People spend a ton of time and sometimes a ton of money trying to guess what a school is looking for… here’s a tip: why don’t you just ask them?

Try simply calling each of the schools you’re interested in and make an appointment to speak with an admissions counselor either in person or over the phone.

Tell them a little bit about your background (where you’re from, why you’re interested in transferring), and then ask for tips about how to make yourself stand out or how to show that you’re a good fit for the school (assuming that you’ve done your research and really think that you are a good fit).

Of course, the counselor can’t tell you if you will get in or not, but you will hear directly from the people evaluating your application exactly what you need to do to stand out to them.

Rather than being seen as a negative, we’ve heard from admissions counselors that taking action like this can only boost your chances, because not only are you learning exactly what the decision-makers are looking for, you’re demonstrating some impressive initiative by being thoughtful enough to do the obvious thing that no one does and just talking to them!

Looking back, I wish someone gave me this advice when I was applying to transfer. But I did make the call when I was applying to graduate school at Columbia.

When I met with the admissions counselor, I brought in copies of my resume and transcripts and talked about my goals and why I was interested in the program. The counselor not only gave me a better sense of the school, but he also gave me pointers on what to highlight in my application essay. I left the appointment feeling more confident and more directed because I was able to see a part of the admissions process from an insider’s point of view.

Admissions counselors are there to help you. Make use of them.

If you found this useful, please comment and/or pass this on! Thanks!

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