How to write a College Transfer Application?

Making a decision about which college to attend can be one of the most challenging and important decisions that you have faced in your young adult life. Now, this gets even difficult if you consider changing college due to any reason and the College Transfer Application plays a crucial part in this.

Posted by Akshay Nair P R on 11th May 2018

How to write a College Transfer Application?

Once you get a college after so much struggle, you can't wait to pack your bag and go to your college.

So once you reach there, you are all excited and pumped and give your best.

Smooth sailing, right? But not so fast as plans change and once what seemed to be a perfect college for you now you feel as if you cannot continue there due to some transfer, or it might seem that the college is not right for you, or even you might choose a major not offered by the college.

Whatever your reason, transferring to another college is possible. 

Steps in College Transfer

Step 1 - Consider, Why you want to transfer.

Step 2 - Start your college search, once again

Step 3 - Talk with your advisor

Step 4 - Start visiting colleges and talking to them  

Step 5 - Look into credit transfer

Step 6 - Talk about financial aid and scholarships

Step 7 - Write the Transfer Application

Step 8 - Apply

Step 9 - Secure a spot

For more information, check out our blog on College Transfer

Transfer Application Do's and Don'ts

Once you have got the idea that to which college you have to apply, then you should start writing the transfer application.

This transfer application should include more information in comparison to the one that you have first sent to your first college.

Below is a list of Do's and Don'ts when you plan to write a college application.



Keep this short and focused

Be creative, don't  write what admission officials always read 

Be Specific on what you have to say

Don't make things up, be honest

Start your essay with an attention-grabbing introduction

If you write about your thesis, don't include things that don't support it. 

Do proofreading several times

Give yourself time don't rush into it.

Example of a Transfer Application Essay

I am desperate to gain a sophisticated understanding of computer science conventions, as well as AI technology, at the Carnegie Mellon school of computer science. From various and latest computer labs to professional leaders in analysis like Prof Scott Fahlman. Here I would also get opportunities which will enable me to attain my research goals at Carnegie Mellon that will be otherwise inaccessible. Specifically, I would like to assist construct search and inference interfaces that mimic human recall and help build such interfaces a commonplace feature of modern technology, like Prof Fahlman’s work with the scone program. Though my previous university did not have CMU’s range of courses or the main focus on AI, my college there did impart to me the worth of risk-taking analysis, from their explorative work on cryptography.
CMU embodies this value by funding analysis that pushes the boundaries of AI technology. I look forward to collaborating directly with my professors on their AI analysis and working towards being a crucial and valuable member of Carnegie Mellon’s computer science community.

The essay above contains all the things that an admission official wants to here as this essay has;

  1. It focuses on future

  2. Provides specific reasons why the person wants to join CMU

  3. Brings in specific academic goals

  4. Shows the value of the department

  5. Knows what that person want to achieve and work on.


As per the results of NCES (National Center for Educational Statistics), in 2005 nearly 60% of the undergraduate students changed their college prior to graduation.

So if you feel that it's something that should not be considered, but it should not be as if you are not able to give your 100% in one course then it is just the waste of your time and money. Thus, if required college transfer should be considered, and the college transfer letter is one of the most important aspects of the whole process.