6 Signs You’re Ready to Transfer to a 4-Year University
Written by The LCU Blogging Team on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 in Transfer
If you’re currently enrolled in courses at a community college, you may have a plan to finish your degree at a four-year school such as Lubbock Christian University. But how do you know if you’re ready to transfer? Here are six signs it’s time to take the next step.
You’ve Met with Your Advisor (more than once!)
If you want to be successful, you need to have a plan. For college students, academic advising teams are the key. The job of an advisor is to help you develop a roadmap to accomplishing your goals. They can assist you in building your transfer plan and discuss the courses you need to complete before taking the next step. Meeting with your advisor regularly (about twice a year), means you’re in a good place!
You’ve Identified a Major
As a transfer student, when you land at a four-year university, it’ll be time to start working toward your major. Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? Identifying a career you can see yourself doing for the foreseeable future will help you choose the right major for you. If you already know, then your transfer plan should align with this goal.
You’ve Maintained Your GPA
Getting accepted as a transfer student is no easy task. You must be able to prove to the university that you’re committed to your coursework, even if you’re also balancing work or other obligations. If you’ve kept up your grades, built up good study habits and a transcript you’re proud of, then it’s likely time to take the next step.
You’ve Visited One or More Universities
Part of your transfer plan should include where you will go for the next step. Have you developed a list of places where you’d like to apply? Have you set up a campus tour? Visiting your future campus is a great opportunity to speak with the admissions department and possibly even set up meetings with current or former students and professors. It’s important to have a good idea about where you want to finish out your college career and to make sure that you can see yourself as part of the community.
You’re Finishing Up Your Basics
Another sign you’re ready to transfer? You’ve conquered any remedial or prerequisite courses and you’re wrapping up your basics. You could even be ready to complete your Associate’s Degree. If you’ve developed a good work ethic and are moving through your classes with determination, it’s time to get serious about the future. What’s next?
You’re Financially Prepared
Being financially prepared for a four-year university doesn’t mean you have the tuition money sitting in the bank. It simply means that you know where the money will come from and how you’re going to make it work. It means you’ve completed your FAFSA and identified applicable scholarships and grants. Financial aid is not only available to freshmen students; many universities offer aid specifically for transfer students.
If you choose LCU, you’ll be joining a strong Christian community of diverse students. The smaller class sizes, about a 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio, will ease the transition of moving to a larger school. But don’t let the size of our student body fool you! LCU offers students over 60 majors and plenty of ways to get involved on campus. Ready to get started? Take a look at our Transfer Application checklist or reach out to our Transfer Admissions Counselor Jody Reding today!