Why Transfer To University

by Chad Agrawal

Whether or not you're at community college, you should be exploring your options to transfer to a university. Students who are always searching out better opportunities for themselves, will eventually find those opportunities and seize them when the time is right. The students who want to transfer to university will work harder to get into their dream university and achieve more than students who don't care about their future. But, first it's up to you to decide what you want to do with your future.

In this post, we'll look at why transfer to university is beneficial for you and institutions alike.


Some of the top universities have a low "retention rate" which means that many students don't return after a year of attending college. To fill these open spots, college accept transfer students who they think would be a good fit for the college, specifically for that year.

On the other hand, students might not be completely satisfied with their college experience after 1 or 2 years. Or, they could be attending a 2 year college like community colleges and want the opportunity to get a difference college experience. Students transfer for different reasons like not being challenged enough, changing their major, social reasons, living away from home, etc. For whatever reason students want to transfer, it's a great opportunity that they can.

If students were not allowed to transfer to universities, both parties would be worse off. The more options available to people, the better off everyone is - hence why we always encourage competition in a capitalist society!

Transferring To University

The most important aspect about transferring to a university is opportunity. Regardless of which university you want to transfer to, you should be considering the opportunities that will be available to you.

Are you going to get a better education? If you are going to transfer, make sure the quality of the education is going to better than the one you are receiving now. After all, that's what you are paying for. Going to a college that has more connections and resources for your desired major will help you be more successful down the line and learn more now.

Are you going to have more networking opportunities? Some institutions have better alumni networks than others. Look at the ivy leagues, they have extensive Alumni Donations for a reason. Being a Harvard alumni has perks like being connected to very wealthy and successful people. But it also has perks that aren't as apparent or well known. Some perks are not quantifiable, such as having prestige that employers love or having a degree that is recognized world wide.

Are you going to get the career you want? Your transfer opportunity should put you in a better position to get the career you want. Thinking long term and getting clear about what you want can make a big difference in your success down the road. Plus, if you can get a better career from a better university (where you will probably get a better college experience), then it's worth it to go for it.

These three reasons are all extremely valid reasons to transfer to university. In fact, we recommend you transfer for the above reasons. For students who are concerned about a social life, remember that you're going to make friends wherever you go and you can always keep in touch with new ones!

Learning More

To be successful in your journey to transfer to university, it's a good idea to get helpful resources on how to transfer successfully. On CommunityCollegeTransferStudents.com, we feature a helpful guide to transfer from community college to ivy league (and tier 1 universities). By transferring to the best universities possible, you are also giving yourself the best opportunities possible. Even if you don't think you can transfer to top universities, sometimes setting a goal and working towards it can surprise you in terms of how much you can accomplish.

Or, you can check out our videos to make community college easier. We'll break down how the whole process works, the misconceptions, important things to know and some stuff that you won't find anywhere else. You'll have to sign up to our email list to get access. But, it is free and you can unsubscribe anytime.

This post was written by Chad Agrawal

Chad Agrawal is the founder of CCTS, helping students transfer from community college to Ivy League, tier 1 or anywhere else by following this community college guide.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara Leger April 11, 2012 at 7:51 am

Thanks for the resources! I handle transferring students in from community colleges to universities and I’d love to receive updates from you!


Chad Agrawal April 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Hi Tara!

Thank you for the comment. We’re working on it!

For now, please follow us on twitter @ckatoday


Saadet June 10, 2012 at 9:57 am

Do something to make yoruself stand out. Start building a portfolio now; do the best you can in projects in your classes so you can later showcase your work. Getting good grades is important, but not the only thing schools look at. Join clubs and organizations, especially if there is an architechture club. If not, start one. Outside of school, see if there are any volunteer opportunities that you can put on your resume, especially if they relate to your field working with Habitat for Humanity for instance, and putting your design and building skills to use.


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