They move to shorter length programs, longer length programs, because of financial restraints, to escape a school culture mismatch, or because they’ve chosen to pursue studies their college simply doesn’t offer. Many students enter their first year unsure of an academic speciality, of where they’ll fit in. But by year two – when most transfers take place – they’ve got a strong enough footing to know if they’re in the wrong place.
Students interested in a liberal arts degree are often the most willing to take risks and live outside the box. If your current school feels restrictive, or you’re not encouraged to pursue studies beyond what’s officially offered in the course catalog – you may find yourself considering an alternative liberal arts college like Shimer.
Here’s what you should know about transferring…and redefining your education experience:
Who Can Apply?
Well, just about anyone. Shimer is quite flexible about what type of program you may be coming from. We welcome applicants from both two and four year programs, with start times in fall, spring, and summer semesters.
Students who have completed an associate’s degree can enter with junior standing. Depending on your major and previous program of study, you may be able to complete a bachelor’s degree in two years.
Shimer is more likely to grant transfer credits to courses in which you’ve earned at least a C – but keep in mind that we can’t give credit for vocational classes or practicum training.
What Do You Need To Apply: Transcripts and Test Scores
Your first step to transferring is completing an online application. Shimer is still accepting applications for the Fall 2014 semester, and if you really want to get a head start, you can also submit one for Winter or Summer 2015.
There are a few documents we’ll need you to send in along with your online application. These include transcripts: of any college you’ve attended, and if you’ve completed less than 60 hours of college semester credit, we will need to review your high school transcript or GED.
Shimer doesn’t normally require college entrance exams for admissions, but if you’ve done the SAT or ACT, please include your score on your high school transcript or have the testing agency send your results along to us directly.
Insight Into Who You Are, And Your Educational Vision
We ask for letters of recommendation from a teacher who really knows you – so we can hear from an authority all about your skills, creativity, and dedication. If you’re an early entry applicant, please send in two letters. We’d also like to read a writing sample. You don’t need to compose something new just for Shimer – two samples you think do your talent justice are just fine. Lastly, we’ll schedule an interview either in person or online to really connect, hear about your interests and what sort of educational experience you’re looking for.
Shimer’s been known to create new liberal arts courses for passionate students who couldn’t find precisely what they were looking for in our course catalogue. We’re known for our flexibility and our dedication to supporting student talent and initiative.
And through the end of July, we’ve nixed our application fee of $25 for transfer students. Don’t miss your chance to apply for free!
What’s driving your desire to transfer schools?