Transferring colleges is common yet unspoken, acceptable yet not glorified. And though sometimes transferring is the most justified thing a person can do, other times it’s as stupid as trying to argue Nickelback is a better band than The Beatles.
These are 25 circumstances when a person probably shouldn’t transfer schools.
1. If it means losing the love of your life (especially if you believe there’s only one “one”).
2. If it puts a great distance between your kid and the kid’s father/mother. In this case, the decision affects more than just you.
3. If you have a close family member who is terminally ill and can use your help.
4. If staying means being the only positive influence in a close friend’s life.
5. If you’re a semester or two away from graduating at your current college.
6. If you’re a few classes away from earning an associate degree (might as well get it).
7. If it means losing a significant number of credits (sometimes not everything transfers and classes transfer in as electives and not fulfilled requirements).
8. If the school you want to transfer to is significantly more expensive than your current school but not much better academically.
9. If it means losing a scholarship or grant.
10. If it’s in a town you’d be miserable living in. Remember, getting stuck somewhere is not difficult, especially if a local company hires you right after graduation or you get tangled up in a romantic relationship.
11. If it’s a fake college (remember the movie Accepted? It’s possible, so make sure it’s legit).
12. If you’re trying to transfer to a tiny, private school that the ex-you-can’t-stand attends.
13. If the school has rules you’d be miserable following (such as no drinking during the semester or no extended hugging on campus — some schools, like Liberty University, have rules like this).
14. If you wouldn’t be allowed to bring your dog (leaving a cat behind — no big deal in my opinion — but don’t dare forsake a dog).
15. If it’d put you over 50 grand in debt just to earn a liberal arts degree (consider cost vs. benefits).
16. If you or your significant other are pregnant. It’d just be bad timing. You probably should be close to family for a little while.
17. If it means losing a six-figure income. Exceptions, such as sincere unhappiness at the job that’s making you rich, may apply.
18. If you’d be leaving a great school for a mediocre school just to be with the person you’ve been dating for two weeks (if possible, reason with your hopeless-romantic impulse).
19. If the school and city are similar in overall greatness to where you’re at now. Just no reason to go through the paperwork and pay the money to relocate. Why go through the hassle?
20. If you just started a 15-month apartment lease and can’t find someone to sublet, leaving you with two rents if you transfer.
21. If you’re into natural, organic foods and the place you’re going doesn’t have a grocery store that sells it (there are still towns that haven’t caught on yet).
22. If you don’t have a lot of money saved and no job lined up, unless you’re using financial aid to cover basic living costs — but that’s going to add up quickly.
23. If the company you work for just promoted you to the position you were going to college for in the first place. Having the degree is still wise, but it makes sense to get it from a local or online school, in order to not lose your sweet gig.
24. If you’re car-less and would be transferring to a city that lacks good public transit. Or you have a car and you’re trying to transfer to a city where it’d cost $300 a month just to park it (meaning, pay up or sell your precious vehicle). Neither is worth the money and sacrifice, unless it’s the difference between a not-so-good community college and an Ivy League school.
25. If it’s a pricey school and you’re planning on going to grad school after undergrad. The logic: Why not attend the fancy, expensive school for grad school and save money now at a local, state school for undergrad?
Of course, everything is on a case-by-case basis but don’t underestimate the large task transferring is. Do it right, with good reasons, and it can be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.
Agree? Disagree? Have another reason to add to the list? Let us know in the comments.
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