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Along with the previous advice, the most important thing you need to consider when transferring to a new university is whether they offer exactly what you want in relations to your major. For instance, if you want to become an electrical engineer, make sure they have that specific program for you; otherwise, other subsections of engineer such as mechanical, technical, etc. would not be of benefit to you. Things get a little complicated when transferring to a university because you need to check with their registration department whether the courses you took will be accepted. If you want to transfer to a university in California, I would recommend using www.assist.org. This site specifically helps you figure out which courses are needed to transfer to the university from your current school, but only in California. If you are looking to transfer to any other state, you will need to do more research or talk to your career counselor or academic advisor for any suggestions.
The first beneficial step in considering the transfer process to a new university is:
1. Will the school be a good fit for you. Are you interested in a large school such as University of Texas or something smaller like Wellesley College. These are just mere examples but you need to know which size is a good fit for you.
2. Financial Aid! The most crucial for any transfer student. Does the school offer a generous financial aid package. What do they have as far as aid is concerned. Make sure that you have ample aid to finance the school you're interested in however dont let money be a major deterrent.
3. Academics. This is top priority. Transfer students have to be competitive. Most university require transfer students to have a 3.0 or higher. Make sure that you meet or exceed the academic requirements for admission to the school of your choice. Also make sure that your credits will transfer to that particular school.
4. Location. Do you want to spend your academic years in the snow or in warmer climate. This is a minor concern but make sure you know about your schools location. You could end up in Boston with feets of snow or in Florida with sunshine! Consider your college location!