Admissions

Advice for Second-Time-Around Transfer

Question: Hi! I recently transferred as a sophomore to a small university in Florida but I really don’t enjoy it at all. I want to transfer to University of South Florida for the upcoming Spring semester but am wondering how I go on about that if the deadline is October but my grades/gpa won’t be released until December. Please help, I don’t think I can stay at this uni until next fall haha… Thanks!

College admission officials are accustomed to dealing with application deadlines that are out of sync with report card release dates. Because you’re a sophomore now, the grades you earned at your last college as a freshman will play a key role in your transfer verdict at the University of South Florida. USF admission officials may also want you to provide mid-term grades from the current semester as soon as you have them. (And, if you’re doing better this fall than you did last year, be sure to offer these grades, even if they’re not requested.) If you haven’t done so already, you should email the admission official at USF who will oversee your transfer process to ask him or her the same question you asked me. (If you can’t find a name and contact information on the USF Web site, just call the office of admission.)

On a different note, since this seems to be the second move for you in a short amount of time, admission officials may worry that you are a “serial transfer.” They might wonder if you’re going to be satisfied at ANY college. So “The Dean” advises you that, whether USF requires it or not, provide an explanation of why you want to transfer yet again, emphasizing what you have learned about yourself and about the sort of college that suits you best as a result of your two false starts. You want to convince the admission folks at USF that three’s the charm!