Transferring to Christian colleges and universities
For any number of reasons, students may find that they no longer enjoy being enrolled at the college or university where they began their studies. If these individuals feel as though a Christian university or college would be a better fit for them, they should consider transferring.
Changing schools can be a great way for students to get their academic goals back on track. However, they also need to be careful not to switch institutions just because the courses they are taking have become too much of a challenge. Here are a few reasons to consider transferring:
- Do not fit in with the school community
- Courses are not challenging enough
- School does not have the degree option students want
- Financial or personal reasons
Once students decide to change schools, they will want to conduct an in-depth search for the Christian colleges and universities that are right for them. While there are individuals who enroll in two or more schools before they finally graduate, this is not always the best route toward earning a degree.
Once a few Christian universities have been identified as ideal for continuing a college career, students should visit each of these schools’ websites. This will provide insight into what these institutions require of their transfer students.
Trinity International University’s website states that approximately one-third of their new students each year transfer from other colleges. And TIU’s admissions staff is always there to help answer questions.
While it is fine for students to research prospective schools on their own, they may want to seek help from an academic advisor at their current college as they begin the transfer process. This will help ensure that they do not miss any important steps or deadlines along the way. Students can also see how many of the courses they have taken will carry over and count toward their degree.
The transfer process will be very similar to what students experienced when they first applied to college. This means they will need to send their prospective schools an application, academic transcripts and possibly letters of recommendation. If they require financial assistance, they will also have to fill out the necessary forms.
Even if students are confident they will not be at their current school much longer, it is important for them to avoid slacking off, as their new college or university may be watching.