Transfer College Application Tips

If you have not began the college application process to transfer, now is the time to start. Most universities application deadlines for fall 2014 term are in the spring; typically around March. The earlier that you get them in, the sooner you will get a reply.

Many universities, usually the privates, offer additional scholarship applications or competitions for their admitted students. If you haven’t applied to the university before the deadlines for the scholarships, then you will miss out on the opportunities provided.

Some universities do not require letters of recommendation, but many do. Sometimes they want one from a community member, a professor, or both. I recommend a letter of recommendation from a professor that knows you well. To get a letter like this, you must first establish a relationship with a professor; which can take time. I would get started on this as your first order of business during the application process. You probably won’t want to ask your professor of the 8 a.m. chemistry class that you’re late to every morning.

The most time consuming aspect of the college application is the essay. Many universities require more than one essay. If you are using the Common Application to apply, there is a generic essay prompt, then the university that you are applying to will have a second supplement essay prompt as well. As if we don’t have enough on our plate going to school, working jobs, and keeping up relationships, they expect us to write multiple essays. It’s really the public universities that make me mad; they think that they are so special that they don’t have to use the Common Application. To apply to multiple public and private universities, I am looking at filing out four applications minimum with at least two essays per application. There is hope that I can tweak and reuse an essay or two.

If you haven’t already submitted the Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA), then you are behind the curve. Even if you know you won’t get any financial aid from the government, you should still submit the application—it’s free. Many universities and other scholarship organizations use the FAFSA as a reference for scholarship eligibility.

I was told by a financial advisor to send your FAFSA to the full amount of ten schools. Of your top three in the order listed on the application, include one far away, out-of-state university. This shows the top two universities you really want to attend that you are keeping your options open with that third university across the country.

As a transfer student, be sure that you have and are continuing to build your resume. Since you went to community college, you need to show them that you spent your time not on their university campus productively; and thus showing them how much more productive you would be when on their campus. This includes working jobs, campus involvement, community service, and internships. These are all key in appearing as a capable and reputable applicant that deserves their time and attention, not just another admissions application.

If I had to rate the top resume builder, I would recommend campus involvement. When an admissions counselor is reviewing applications for admissions and scholarships, they want to see somebody who has already proven that they want to be involved on campus. A university looks for young men and women who offer promise to be leaders and innovators in today’s world. Typically, these prized young adults are involved in campus clubs and organizations.

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