What, if any, are some red flags for transfer students?

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What, if any, are some red flags for transfer students?

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

What, if any, are some red flags for transfer students?

It depends on which way the wind is blowing, but... Will all my credits count Will financial aid be abundant Will I be able to graduate on time What are the job prospects with a degree from this school What's the likelihood of getting into a great graduate program if necessary Another kind of red flag is in the reason why you're transferring in the first place. It depends on how one interprets the question.

Kristina Dooley
Independent Educational Consultant Estrela Consulting

What, if any, are some red flags for transfer students?

The biggest red flag for transfer students is an inability to provide official school records. This generally indicates that the student was not in good standing when they left their previous institution, a requirement for transfer admission to most colleges.

Rebecca Joseph
Executive Director & Founder getmetocollege.org

What, if any, are some red flags for transfer students?

There are many red flags for transfer students. Transfer students often do not do well at their original college because they are depressed. Low grades are very hard to explain. Other red flags are a lack of involvement at current colleges. Transfer students need to be busy with activities, internships, service, and work. Other red flags are large numbers of withdrawals in classes. Learn to drop classes before the W takes over. Also don't miss out on core transfer requirements. The major red flag occurs when transfer kids complain about their original college in applications or interviews. That makes new colleges very nervous. So focus on how you've outgrown your current college and how the new colleges have more tailored academics and activities for you.

Megan Dorsey
SAT Prep & College Advisor College Prep LLC

What, if any, are some red flags for transfer students?

Red flags to warn you, the student? Watch for colleges where it will be difficult for you to fit into the social scene. Make sure you won’t lose a significant number of classes when transferring. Remember that no college is perfect and be cautious that you don’t idealize the new school because you will soon find it has flaws too. Red flags in your record that might make transfer difficult? Multiple transfers without solid reason are a sign you don’t know what you want and won’t be satisfied wherever you go next. Low grades or lots of withdrawals. Prolonged periods out of school with no explanation can lead admissions officers to jump to worst-case scenarios in their imagination.