Shop around. Examine all of the options available to you as a transfer student. Examine both public and private four-year institutions to decide what will be the best fit for you. The four-year institution that you had your heart set on in high school might not ultimately be the best choice for the subject you want to pursue. (Source)
Completing your education is a big investment in your future so it’s important to educate yourself and do your research. To start with, think about what you want to gain from your college experience and the type of environment where you perform your best. Other important considerations include, school size, location, cost, academic programs, retention and graduation rates. Collegeboard.com has some excellent articles to guide you and several college search tools to help you narrow down and organize your options.
While you can find some useful information by browsing college websites (see Ten Tips for Searching College Web Sites here), transfer events provide an even better opportunity to get in-depth, first-hand knowledge about the colleges that really interest you. NOVA offers many free transfer events throughout the academic year, including college fairs, bus trips and visits by representatives of senior institutions. These events allow you to speak to on-site admisssions reps and ask important questions about the transfer process, special programs offered, and whatever else you want to know. To make sure you get the most out of transfer events, see tips for how to prepare for college fairs here and a checklist for college visits here.
Speaking of transfer events, the Adult Transfer Fair is coming up! If you’re in the area, why not stop by and check it out?