14 September Prepare for Your College Transfer Fair September 14, 2017By Erin Cogswell General blog, College Transfer, PTK Connect 0 Tweet If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year college or university, you need to start looking at schools now. Many colleges will host transfer fairs this fall — use this advice from Loyola University Chicago to make sure you’re prepared. Start by asking if they offer a transfer scholarship exclusively for PTK members — more than 750 colleges do. Use this scholarship map and create a PTK Connect profile as you research options to find your best fit. Next, ask yourself what qualities you find important in a college. Then, ask these questions to senior college representatives at your next transfer fair. Programs What majors do you offer? Are advanced degrees (master’s, doctorate) offered? Do you offer any technical or certificate programs? Can I enroll part-time, take courses in the late afternoon, evenings, weekends, or during the summer? Are there internship opportunities available on campus or in the community? Do you have any honors programs for transfer students? What are your graduation and retention rates? Campus Community Is your college located in an urban, suburban, or rural setting? Are you on a semester or quarter system? When do classes begin? What kinds of social, cultural, and recreational activities are available on the campus or in the community? How diverse is your campus population? Do you have a disability services office? Will I need a car to get around? Does public transportation provide easy access to both the campus and community? How many students are enrolled in your institution? How many of the enrolled students are transfer students? Visiting How do I make arrangements to talk with someone further at your college to discuss enrollment opportunities? How do I make arrangements to take a tour of your campus? Do you have an open house program for prospective students? If so, when? Whom do I contact for more information? Cost of Attendance What is the cost of your institution, including tuition or registration fees, books and supplies, housing, parking, etc.? When is payment due for those fees? Do I have to send in a deposit to confirm my intention to enroll? If so, how much, and when? Financial Aid and Scholarships When and how do I apply for financial aid? Do I apply for scholarships separately? When will I be notified if I will or will not receive assistance? Are there special kinds of assistance for students of diverse backgrounds? Is it easy to get a part-time job on campus or in the community? Applying for Admission Where, when, and how can I apply to your university? What is your application deadline? When do I have to submit transcripts, test scores, and other admission materials? Does my major have any additional requirements? If so, what special requirements do I need? If I’m not accepted in my major, what are my options? Can I change to another major? Admissions Requirements What are your admission requirements for transfer students? What is the admissions priority of transfer students from community colleges? From four-year colleges? If I go to a community college first, will my credits transfer? How and when will I know? Will a course in which I received a “D” grade count for transfer credit? How do you determine my grade if I repeat a course? Courtesy of 2017 Honors Institute Chapter Advisors Luncheon Sponsor Loyola University Chicago Related Posts 6 Ways to Prepare for the Transfer Fair MythBusters! Separating College Transfer Facts from Fiction Four College Fair Follow-Ups Your Timeline for College Transfer 2018 Transfer Honor Roll to Highlight Best Colleges for Transfer Students Changing the College Transfer Game Comments are closed.