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Four Tips for Transfer Students

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Everyone knows that the first few days of a college career can be the most difficult and stressful. When you transfer to a new school, you essentially have to repeat this experience all over again. But transferring doesn't have to mean falling behind. Planning ahead with these transfer students tips can help you overcome the most common hurdles.

Go to New Student Orientation

It's a common misbelief that student orientation is only for incoming freshmen who are new to college in general. In reality, orientation is designed to help any new student grow accustomed to the campus, classes, and university resources, no matter how many years they've been in college. Orientation is also a great place to meet other students and scout out campus locations and student services that will keep you focused, such as career advising and tutoring.

Meet With an Advisor

Similar to orientation, advisors aren't only for incoming freshmen. This is particularly important for help finding out which credits will transfer from a previous school and determining which classes you need to graduate. At the Tulane School of Professional Advancement, you may also meet with a career advisor for one-on-one career planning to help you connect with professional development opportunities while your complete your program.

Transfer the Good, Forget the Bad

There are many reasons that students choose to transfer and this can be a great time for a new start. It is the perfect time to look back on previous study habits and determine what worked and what didn't. If you were a crammer, try to plan out a work schedule to help you study proactively over the course of each semester. You may also have non-school related goals, such as getting involved on campus or creating a more balanced work/school schedule. Take this time to be reflective and kick bad habits to the curb.

Do a Financial Check-in

Transferring often means a shift in financial aid, scholarships, and tuition. Upon transferring, new students should meet with a financial advisor to determine how much financial aid, work study, and scholarships they qualify for at the new school.

At the Tulane School of Professional Advancement, we understand that transferring can be an overwhelming time. That's why we clearly outline our transfer process. If you are interested in learning more about our degree programs or would like to meet with an advisor, call our office directly at 504-865-5555.

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