Monday, July 25, 2011

Transferring to a US institution

I don't have a lot of time right now, but I'm going to try and share a few pointers which I consider essential when transferring to a US institution.

I believe most schools require at least a 2.8 GPA, I suggest having a 3.0 to be safe.

Financial Aid/Scholarships
Transferring with a 3.0 GPA and applying for scholarships is hard, and can be as competitive as freshman admission. Scholarship for transfer students can also be quite limited and so I advice you not to put all your eggs in the scholarship basket. There are very few cases of transfer students receiving full-ride scholarships unless it's a sports scholarship, or you're super smart lol. That being said, most schools will admit you as long as you're not asking them for money lol

Have some other sources of financial aid handy, in case you don't get any substantial scholarships.

Transfer credit
Know how many of your credits will transfer before you leave your current institution. You don't want to have completed 53 credits and only have 16 transfer. To make sure this works out, apply early enough. Don't wait till the last minute to apply, because then your uni won't have enough time to transfer your credit and give you updated info.

3.0 GPA
Transfering at a 3.0 and applying for fin aid is hard, and can even be as competitive as freshman admission . It's usually not a problem if you can finance yourself

Those are some of the most important things that I believe transfer students should know. Feel free to drop a comment with any questions you may have. 

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