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Finding the right fit for you at the next level can sometimes be challenging. You may think you have the perfect school, with the right program, in a great location, but sometimes it is just not right. It is becoming more and more common each day for student athletes to transfer schools. Leaving one school for another can have some great benefits for student athletes, however, there are some things that need to be considered when deciding if transferring is the right move. On this installment on THE BLOG, we will take a look at some tips and tricks around transferring.
- Broaden Your Search
There are thousands of schools in a variety of leagues across Canada and the United States. By widening your search and not limiting yourself to one specific league or area, you will find more opportunities for yourself. Each league has great players and great schools, avoid having “tunnel vision”.
- Communicate With Coaches Early but Legally
Getting your process started right away is crucial for an easy transition, however, you must make sure you are following proper guidelines. Each sport and league has rules surrounding transferring and coach communication and failure to follow these rules can lead to suspension. Use resources to make sure you are following your process as accurately as possible.
- Meet with Academic Advisors Ahead of Time
Most transfer students wait until the first week of school to talk with an advisor, but by then it is too late. Plan ahead. Advisors can help you with your class schedule, bring up important information about key classes, and help you stay on track.
- Know Which Credits Will Transfer
Make sure you understand articulation agreements. Not all classes will transfer smoothly to your intended college, so plan accordingly. Ask your advisor about transfer credits or search for the college’s articulation web page. If you are worried about classes not transferring, keep a copy of all your course descriptions and syllabi.
- Understand Cost Changes
Make sure you understand tuition, fees, and other expenses at your new school. Do not forget there are scholarships in a (wide variety of forms), financial aid, grants, and loans available for many transfer students. If you are a non-traditional student, note that there are services provided just for you.
- Visit Campus
Visiting a college campus is one of the best ways to find out if it is the right place for you. Most universities offer guided tours. Visit on a day when there is an event so you can meet students and players to get a feel for student life. Ask current students about majors, clubs, and activities.