Each college and university is different. It may take awhile for you to adjust to your new school environment, but don't let that discourage you. There are many ways and many resources to help you get settled into your new college or university once you transfer. Many transfer students perform as well as students who began at that college or university.
Coming from a community college, you may notice differences such as larger class sizes in some courses and perhaps less individual attention from your professor. You may need to find different ways to motivate yourself to attend class, or you may find that you need to adjust your study habits. So what do you need to do? Go to class. Leave yourself lots of time to prepare for tests and to complete assignments. Seek out your professors and classmates and get to know them.
Don’t wait until your first day of classes to figure out where everything is. Check to see if there are opportunities to get to know the campus, meet academic advisors, and connect with other transfer students. You can contact the Admissions Office or Transfer Contact at the college or university in which you’re interested for more information.
Academic advisors, faculty and other staff are great resources for transfer students. They can help you understand what credits you need, help you select courses, balance your course load, continue to plan your career goals, and refer you to other services on campus.
Getting involved in student organizations is a great way for you to get to know other students. It’s a good idea to get involved in at least one extracurricular activity. Most degree programs have a student association, which would allow you to get to know other students in your program.
There are lots of resources available to assist if you need help reaching your academic, personal, and professional goals or transitions to your new environment. Not sure where to begin? Start with an advisor, professor, or student services staff member. They can help you find the information and support you need to stay on the path toward success.