5 Ways to Research a University

After I transferred, I talked to friends who expressed interest in transferring as well. The main reason holding them back, however, was that they didn’t know where to find information about transferring beyond the school’s website. This is especially true when transferring from a 4-year college, as it happens less frequently. There’s simply less information about the process on the web.

However, by doing a little digging about the university, you can learn a lot about how they view prospective transfers, their transfer rates, and how transfers are doing at their school. Here are five ways to research a college or university:

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What I Wish I’d Known Before Transferring

Looking back at my transfer process, there are several things that I wish someone had told me. Having never transferred before, I was pretty oblivious to the process, even though I did a lot of research. I hope that at least one of these facts will ease your transfer experience:

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Transfer Timeline

We’re now halfway through the school year—or one-third, if you’re on the quarter system—and by now you may have thought about whether you want to transfer or not. If you’re still unsure, that’s okay! Spend the rest of the school year enjoying the classes that you’re taking and the campus that you’re studying at. Make the most of your experience and don’t be afraid to join clubs, talk to professors or advisers, and participate in school events. Take the time to really make an effort to get to know your school—after all, you’re paying tuition to go there!

For those of you that are certain you want to apply to transfer, facing the transfer application process can be daunting. In this article, I aim to outline a schedule you can follow to have a streamlined, less stressful transferring process.

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2-Year Colleges are Better than you Think


1084900_10151799901595701_1890750340_oI graduated from Manor College, a 2-year college, in 2015. I was excited to take the next step in my education, but I knew I’d miss Manor. Looking back, Manor was probably the best two years of my life. Here are some of my reasons why, and why I think more people should attend 2-year colleges:

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Transferring from a 4-year College: Should you?

One of the most exciting yet terrifying moments in my senior year of high school was receiving college acceptance letters and making a decision to attend a school. Students may choose to attend a four-year college upon graduating high school, and for many it is the institution they intend to stay at for the next four years of their lives.

However, sometimes situations arise in which you may find yourself questioning whether you should transfer to another university. Here are some reasons why:

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5 Reasons To Take A Gap Year

I filled out college applications during my senior year of high school like everyone else. We were expected to enroll at a college the following fall, and I planned to do just that.

It never occurred to me that there might be another option.

However, due to health reasons, I found myself taking a “gap year” the year after graduating high school.

Gap year: A one-year hiatus from academic studies to allow for nonacademic activities. – Mirriam-Webster.com


During my gap year, I ran a muffin baking business. I learned a lot that year, especially about myself, and now I’m a strong supporter of taking a gap year for the following reasons:

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