If you or your child as a freshman in college ever considers transferring to a different school for sophomore year, I’ve got just three words for you: Don’t Do It!
Last fall when Rosie was sinking into deeper and deeper depression in the cornfields of Northern Illinois and buying groceries at Wal-Mart, it seemed like a no-brainer that she should re-apply to some more suitable schools and transfer. When I talked to folks about the dilemma/decision many reassured me that lots of people transfer, it’s easy, and quite common.
What no one told me, and what you will not see on any college web site, is that transfer student applications are shoved to the bottom of the pile, and in fact many schools don’t notify transfer applicants of receipt of their application, much less whether they are accepted or not, until just days before the student must decide which college they will attend. Continue reading