Points to Ponder Before Changing to a Different College

When I was about a year into my Bachelor degree I became upset with my current institution and changed colleges. In retrospect if I had to do it over again I would have stayed with the college I was currently attending.  There are many things to take into consideration before changing colleges.  If I had really thought it through I would not have changed.

First of all weigh the pros and cons of each college. Really research the college you are considering. Ask questions, find reviews of the college and make sure that it will meet the same educational and degree needs as your current college. Get a paper, write down the pros and cons of each school and use the data when you make your final decision.

Most of the time when you change schools you also lose credits. It is important to find out what credits will be lost and how that will change the progression of your degree. Make sure that you will finish your education the same time at the new school as you would at your current school. It may not seem like a big deal at the time but after a few more years in college you will be ready to have college behind you and wish you had not given up those credits.

Things might not be like they seem. Really dig deep and find out if the college will charge start up costs and how they charge for text books. Some colleges charge up to $900.00 just to enroll. Make sure to ask about any upfront or hidden fees so that you are not slammed with them once you have committed to the new school.

If your current school offers licensure with the degree makes sure the new school offers the same type of degree. If they don’t, do not change because you will end up paying a lot more and spending a lot more time in college than if you had just stayed with the first school. It takes a lot more time and money to attend a special licensing school than to attend a school where the degree ends in licensure.  If the new school states that their degree ends in licensure, get it in writing.

Changing colleges in the middle of the year is necessary sometimes. However it is important to research other colleges and weigh the pros and cons so that you are not making a mistake in the heat of the moment, make sure your decision is educated.




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