Some tips if you are transferring schools

By Shaelyn Johnston

Thinking of transferring to a bigger school? Know the pros and cons first.

Thinking of transferring to a bigger school? Know the pros and cons first. FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS


Last year I made the leap from my small, close-knit school to the much-larger campus that I will graduate from this spring.


My mind always seemed to be made up that I would transfer schools. After all, the program I was interested in applying for didn’t start until third year, so why not start my studies at a school that was closer to home and was one that I had been to before? (I had previously completed three years of a program there before deciding to change majors.)

As I’m sure you’re probably aware of, smaller schools in the city have their benefits. For one, my introductory Sociology class had roughly 30 students; there was no 100-seat lecture followed by discussion groups with TAs. My professor knew who I was, and I knew her.

In fact, all of my classes generally had no more than 30 students, which was a definite plus for me, as I don’t do well in crowds.

Second, if you’re paying for your degree with a student loan, think about your finances. Consider that a year of full-time studies at the smaller school was the rough equivalent to one semester at the new school, so I managed to save a couple dollars in those first two years.

However, transferring schools didn’t come without its hurdles, so if you’re looking to make that leap this coming September, or in the next year or two, there are a couple of things for you to consider. First, make sure that the classes you are taking will transfer to your new school. Schools have articulation agreements with each other saying what they will allow a class at one school to transfer to another as.

If you’re unsure about the current classes you’re taking, a helpful website is the BC Transfer Guide. Simply plug in your current school and future school, list the class, and the guide will tell you if it will transfer and how.

The last thing you want to do is show up at your new school and find out that you’re behind schedule because a class you took didn’t actually count towards your degree.

Second, if you know the program you’re going to be transferring into, get a head start on the requirements. For me, I knew I was going to have to complete a Science requirement as part of my degree, so I got it out of the way as fast as I could, and since it was a subject I struggled with, I really benefited from the smaller class size.

Finally, this now seems like a given, but at the time I didn’t put much thought into it - visit the campus you’re thinking about transferring to before you actually make the move and get familiar with it so that when September rolls around, you’re ready. And by ready, I mean you’ll know the perfect place to nap.

Trust me, it’s an essential.