Roughly 2.5 million college students every year transfer to a different school. Statistics from the United States Department of Education suggest that close to 60% of college students will attend more than one school before they graduate. While many students find just the right college and stay there for four years, these statistics suggest that there is a good chance that your college student may consider a transfer to another college at some point during his college career.
While the overall transfer rate in the United States may be going up, if your child decides to transfer, the process is a major event for him. Even though others may be going through the same process, it does not lessen the impact of the decision for your individual student. Obviously, for some students who attend 2 year institutions, the decision may not be whether to transfer, but rather where to transfer. For other students, the decision is more difficult because a transfer may be an option. Your student will need to go through a process of deciding whether or not a transfer is the right answer for him. If he does decide to make a change, he will need to deal with the actual process of transferring, and finally he’ll need to make the transfer work once it happens. This post considers some of the reasons that college students consider transferring to another institution and how you can help with the process.