Tips for Transfer Students

The number of Florida students enrolling in college as a transfer is going way up. In part, this is due to the ever-rising cost of tuition at 4-year institutions and the fact that wages have not been able to keep up. But the state of Florida also has a robust dual-enrollment program, plus AP courses and early admission to many schools in the State University System. This means that more students than ever before are graduating from high school with some (or a lot!) of college credit. Being a transfer student comes with a unique set of challenges and requirements, but NEXT is here to help with 3 no-fail strategies for success.

    1. Be proactive. Everyone else is going to look like they know what’s going on. The only way to get there yourself is to reach out. Ask questions; live on campus, if possible; join clubs and organizations; and go to orientation, even if you’re surrounded by a bunch of freshmen.
    2. Know your advisor. Your lifeline as a transfer student will be your advisor. They’ll make sure you know which credits will transfer, which courses you still need, and the order in which you should take them. Reach out often.
    3. Prepare. If you do your research, you’ll be able to integrate more easily. Find out in advance which aspects of student life you’re most interested in; know your major options; introduce yourself to professors in your field of study. Some schools will expect more from you as a transfer, so be ready to rise to the challenge.

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