By Jim Ferchland
Students are usually saying that they’re transferring after community college. Meanwhile, they say they are but they don’t know what to anticipate and are unaware when it comes to the process because they have not experienced it yet. A good majority of students desire on receiving a higher level of education and challenge after receiving their Associates degree. It’s an elongating and annoying process to transfer to another school.
According to the Transfer Data for SCCC Graduates from 2011-2012, over 43% of students transferred to a four year institution (1,541). That means about 57% of students did not transfer (2,013). Students are attending this community college for a majority of reasons: a wide variety of programs, quality education, and low tuition. Especially at this two-year institution, college is about challenging yourself, not your budget.
“It’s been annoying”, Quinn Favilla, a Mathematics major, said. “I haven’t heard anything, I’m just curious as to when I’m going to hear some feedback. I know it takes a while which is frustrating.
Quinn is transferring to Stony Brook University in the Fall of 2014. Though, Stony Brook is a difficult school to get into, they evaluate their transfer applications carefully. The more difficult it is to be admitted, the longer the wait.
Here are some tips on making the transferring process simpler. Students will save time and money as long as the credits you earned at the two-year college will be accepted at the four-year college. Students should ask questions to their counselors or advisors and plan ahead. Transfer counselors are accessible on each campus to benefit students with the transferring process to a four-year university and get you on your way.
Students should think critical and determine the vitality in picking a transfer school. Areas in the availability of programs, where the college is located, how much of it can you afford, and if you choose to go somewhere private or public is crucial. All colleges have their own websites and it’s highly recommended to glance through them to receive a basic outlook in your college experience. Nobody wants to choose the wrong school. It’s a waste of time and money; it prevents you to do what you desire, and it becomes frustrating to know you made the wrong choice. Basically, confirm on what you’re doing, gain an appetite for knowledge and don’t second guess.
When applying as a transfer student, the application deadline is conceivably significant. Apply as soon as possible and attempt to not procrastinate. Colleges from all over the world receive thousands of applications and those classrooms fill up quicker than you think. This is your proposed future on the line so make the time to complete the application along with your official transcript and other transfer requirements(GPA, Medical Records, SAT Scores, etc.) well before the deadline. Its relieving and less stressful to hand it in at least one to two months before the deadline.
Lastly, You have to be patient. This is what students have been complaining about the most and college students’ patience are extremely low. Then again, many students slack and dangerously wait till the last minute to apply. It’s agony to students because they must wait which makes them concerned, stressed, or nervous depending on their outcome.
Some students and alumni have let their voices be heard and expressed their thoughts when it comes to transferring.
On the other hand, Stephen Giglio, a SCCC alumni and Stony Brook graduate was not just irritated with patience but especially with the college counselors.
“The process was long and arduous when transferring to Stony Brook”, Giglio stated. “The counselors were not always helpful in regards to maximizing students potential. They left students lost in their academic studies.”
Giglio received his Bachelor’s degree in Business in 2012 at Stony Brook University. Giglio is currently working full-time as an Assistant Manager of the Produce department at ShopRite in Selden.
Kaitynn Vuturo, a fitness specialist major, is attempting to transfer to Stony Brook University also. However, she already applied to Long Island University and got accepted there but she did not realize how expensive LIU is, even with the scholarship money. However, she recently applied to Stony Brook just a couple of weeks before the deadline.
“I regret applying to Stony Brook so late,” Vuturo said. “I wasn’t planning at first to apply there. I got accepted to LIU Post but it’s really expensive even with scholarships. If I get accepted into Stony Brook, I’ll go there and if not, I’ll go to LIU Post. Also, I still have not received confirmation that Stony Brook has received my official transcript so my patience is really running low.”
Kaitlynn should not have applied so late. Now, the wait for her results will take much longer than usual especially since the institution has around 40% acceptance rate. She wants to attend Stony Brook because it will save her much more money and the commute would not be an issue. However, she does have a backup plan but there’s a bigger price to pay for it.
Overall, patience, determination, and optimism is mandatory while experiencing this process. Following these tips should benefit the outcome and transferring will be less irritating and nerve-racking.