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Applying to U.S. Colleges as a Transfer Student

If you cannot afford a 4-year college study in the U.S., it does not mean that your dream of studying in the U.S. cannot come true.
By GPA Admin

Applying to U.S. Colleges as a Transfer Student

If you cannot afford a 4-year college study in the U.S., it does not mean that your dream of studying in the U.S. cannot come true. You have another option, which is much cheaper and yet very practical: applying to a U.S. college as a transfer student.

School Policies

So what does it mean by transferring? In general, U.S. colleges define transfer students as those who have graduated from a high school and completed a number of semester hours or semesters at a regional accredited college or university.

You will have higher chance of getting into a U.S. college as transfer student if you are first or second year student and have a good GPA. Most schools encourage and make it simple for transfer students; however, selective colleges such as Ivy League and top ranking schools have much stricter transfer policies, such as only accepting students applying after the first year, or only accepting students from a liberal arts curriculum that is similar to the school’s.

Scholarships

Transfer students have less chance of getting a full tuition scholarship, but many schools offer merit-based scholarships if your SAT score is good enough. However, from financial perspective, you save a lot as a transfer student since you only pay for 2 years to maximum 2.5 years, compared to 4 years if applying as a freshman. Therefore, for many students and parents, this option is worth considering.

Besides, transferring is a really good way to study overseas for Vietnamese students because after entering a college in Vietnam, the pressure is off, so you have more time to work on standardized tests such as TOEFL or SAT and you also have a better understanding of what you want to study as a major. That will make it easier for you to select and get into a school of your capability and interest.

Although transfer students have less time in America, but since you are more mature, you will make the most out of it from a networking and job search perspective. A transfer student has no disadvantages in job search compared with a freshman student.

Application Steps

Applying to U.S. colleges as a transfer student has similar steps as freshman except students have to obtain an official evaluation of their college transcripts in order to know how many credits from their home institution are accepted by a U.S. college. The application package usually includes:

- Transfer application form

- Official SAT/ACT score report (not required by some schools)

- Official TOEFL/IELTS score report

- Application fee

- Official High School Transcript

- Official College/ University Transcript

- Professor Recommendations

For schools using Common Application or Universal Application, you can apply as transfer student through these systems.


 

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