Once you have decided on a major, it will dictate the specific courses that you need to complete, in order to have an efficient transfer. Be sure to speak with your advisors about the correlations between careers and majors in order to find out what program is best for you.
This may seem obvious, but many students are caught unaware when they find out that certain classes don’t transfer, that they took the wrong classes in preparation for their program, or that they have missed a deadline. Be sure to contact your prospective college or university and even make a visit or two. Immerse yourself in as much information about the school as possible. Seek advising from the institution that you are planning to transfer to. Never play anything by ear.
Be certain that your chosen institution has the program and major that you are seeking. Not all schools have uniform curriculum, nor may they cover your major as well as you would like. Also, avoid choosing a school based on peer/parent pressure. While it is good to listen to the advice of other students who are attending your prospective school, you should make educated decisions that are right for you. Campus visits/tours are a good way for you to find out whether or not you wish to attend an institution.
Before you can attend school, you obviously must pay for it. Aside from tuition costs, know how much books will cost, room rates, and other living expenses that you will need to cover before you make a commitment. Though a particular university may have cheaper tuition than another, the cost of living may be much higher. How will you go about paying for it? Be sure to holistically analyze such factors. Also, it is important to check out each school’s financial aid package. Don’t forget to ask about scholarships!
Knowing what you need to know is half the battle. It would be a wise idea to formulate a list of important questions that you need to address. This way you can be sure that you cover all of your bases during your advising sessions.
If you write out what you need to accomplish, and then carry out these tasks in order, you will find that the transfer process will be far less stressful for you. Knowing what it is that you have to do and what order to do it in, will decrease anxiety. Ask your advisor to help you draw out such a battle plan.
None of this stuff will get done unless you make it happen. You have to have the motivation in order to pull all of this off; the execution of almost everything is dependent upon you.