Thursday, February 21, 2019

Tips for Successfully Transferring to a University: Visit the Campus


Get ready for the Feb. 26 Transfer Fair on the Gallatin campus. There will be university reps on site, in the Nichols Dining Room B from 10am-2pm. Here are some more tips about transfer.
Just like a postcard does not give you the full experience of visiting a popular vacation spot, there is only so much you can learn from a university’s website or brochure. You need to go in person!
If you are interested in transferring to a university after you graduate from Vol State, visit the campus. If you can, attend an event for prospective transfers. Why is this so important?


This is your opportunity to get to know the university and find out if it is the right fit for you! It does not matter if it was a good fit for your friend, significant other, parent, grandparent, etc. College should be a great experience for you. You owe it to yourself to find the right place.
Here are some tips for getting the most out of your university campus visit:
·         Take a tour, and get some freebies! Visiting in person gives you the “vibe” of the campus. How you feel when you are there is more important than you might think. We have known students who were all set to go to a particular university but as soon as they got there to visit or even to start school, the vibe was “off” for them and it did not feel right. We have also known students who were not excited about a school until they stepped onto the campus and realized what a great fit it was for them. It gets real when you go in person. Plus, you will usually get some free swag when you visit in person!
·         Bring a friend or relative with you to your campus visit. Get their feedback as well. You’ll likely be on information overload by the end of the visit and your companion may have caught things you missed.
·         Make an appointment to meet with a professor. If he or she allows, sit in on a class. How many students are in the class? Was the topic interesting and interactive? What were your impressions?
·         What are the housing options? On campus and off campus? Is it required for you to live on campus as a transfer student? Are there residence halls or on-campus apartments designed for transfer students? When is the deadline to apply for housing? If you want to live off campus, how much does it cost to live near campus? Do you have to live far away from campus and fight traffic to find affordable off-campus housing?
·         How much does it cost to park on campus? Is public transportation available? Parking is often much trickier and more expensive at a university than at Vol State, especially for students commuting from off campus. If you live on campus at the university, you can walk to class rather than dealing with traffic and competing for a parking spot. Is public transportation (i.e. bus, subway, etc.) available? Do students get a discount to use these services?
·         What is the town/city like? Do you prefer a suburban college town or a bustling, urban city? What is the climate? Is the campus in a safe area? Is there a security office or police department on campus?
If you cannot afford to visit the campus or cannot take a day off work, etc., many universities have virtual campus tours that you can take online. You can also ask your transfer admissions counselor the above questions. But we highly recommend that you visit in person, especially if you have been admitted to the university and it has made your short list of options.
Preparing to transfer to a university does not have to be overwhelming. The sooner you start researching, the more confident you will be about your next steps after you walk the stage and graduate from Vol State!
Lindsay Guenther  and Josie Larson are full-time advisors at the Gallatin campus.
©2018 Lindsay Guenther, Josie Larson, Rebecca Adair

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