Colleges Accepting Spring/Mid-Semester Transfers

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    Realizing your college isn’t a good fit can feel overwhelming. After all, you’ve worked really hard to get where you are, and deciding to transfer colleges can feel like a complicated process, especially compiling a list of colleges with spring transfer. Thankfully, there are lots of resources available to you during this time, such as our guide to transferring colleges 101. You may want to also consider researching the 10 best schools to transfer to in 2022-23.

    In this article, we will review common reasons to transfer colleges, in addition to the pros and cons of transferring in the spring. We will also provide you with a comprehensive list of 30 colleges with spring transfer admissions, along with their spring semester deadlines and other key statistics.

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    Common reasons to transfer colleges

    Deciding to transfer colleges is a big decision. That said, it is also very common. Here are some of the most common reasons why students decide to transfer colleges:

    • Seeking an alternative academic program
    • Financial considerations
    • Transferring out of a community college or 2-year program
    • Seeking a better cultural fit

    Many students will consider transferring after one semester. This raises an important question, should you transfer to colleges in the spring or fall? In this article, we will review which colleges offer spring admission, as well as offer further insights concerning spring semester transfer schools.

    Pros and cons of transferring in the spring

    After you’ve done some initial research concerning the college admissions transfer process, it’s time to start thinking about the pros and cons of transferring in the spring.

    Your first question may very well be “when is the spring semester in college?” The spring semester typically begins in January, with most spring transfer application deadlines falling in mid-October. These deadlines do range from late September to mid-November. Some colleges even offer rolling admission, which means they will accept transfer applications even later.

    Transferring in the fall is much more common and almost all schools will accept transfer applications in the fall. Schools that accept spring transfers, however, are a bit more of a minority. This is why it’s important to compile a list of colleges that accept mid-year transfers and to take careful note of each school’s spring semester transfer deadline. Your decision of whether to transfer in the spring or fall may end up depending on which schools you are most interested in attending and whether or not they are colleges that accept spring transfers.

    Spring semester transfer applications can also feel a bit more complicated than fall semester transfer applications. This is mostly on account of deadlines, as spring application deadlines tend to vary more than fall applications. Stay organized throughout the transfer application process and take extra care to verify deadlines.

    Cons of transferring colleges in the spring

    Admittedly there are quite a few challenges associated with spring transfers. It’s important to remember, however, that there are also a lot of challenges regarding staying at a school that you’ve decided isn’t right for you. Weigh your options carefully throughout the transfer process and seek guidance from your advisor and professors as you navigate this decision.

    Now, let’s take a quick look at some of these potential challenges:

    • Fewer colleges offer spring admission
    • Fewer available scholarships
    • Financial aid may be impacted
    • Fewer opportunities for internships
    • Potential to feel socially isolated

    Colleges with spring transfer admission

    What schools accept spring transfers? Look at the table below for more information concerning what colleges accept spring transfers.

    College Location Transfer Deadline Undergraduate Student Population Tuition and Fees College Website
    Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA October 15 7,073 $58,924 information for transfer students
    Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO October 15 2,025 $62,070 information for transfer students
    Cornell University Ithaca, NY October 15 14,743 $61,015 information for transfer students
    Emory University Atlanta, GA October 15 7,010 $55,468 information for transfer students
    George Washington University Washington, DC October 1 11,762 $59,870 information for transfer students
    Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA September 15 16,561 $12,682 (in-state) $33,794 (out-of-state) information for transfer students
    Hamilton College Clinton, NY November 1 1,900 $59,970 information for transfer students
    Macalester College St. Paul, MN October 29 2,049 $60,518 information for transfer students
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, MA November 15 4,361 $55,878 information for transfer students
    Middlebury College Middlebury, VT November 1 2,580 $59,770 information for transfer students
    Nova Southeastern University Ft. Lauderdale, FL November 1 6,314 $34,570 information for transfer students
    Ohio State University Columbus, OH November 1 46,984 $11,936 (in-state) $35,019 (out-of-state) information for transfer students
    Oregon State University Corvallis, OR December 6 26,644 $12,188 (in-state) $32,288 (out-of-state) information for transfer students
    Pace University New York, NY December 1 7,994 $48,830 information for transfer students
    Pepperdine University Malibu, CA October 1 3,459 $59,702 information for transfer students
    Pitzer College Claremont, CA October 10 922 $57,978 information for transfer students
    San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA September 30 24,025 $7,484 (in-state) $19,364 (out-of-state) information for transfer students
    Syracuse University Syracuse, NY November 15 14,479 $57,591 information for transfer students
    Tulane University New Orleans, LA October 15 7,700 $60,814 information for transfer students
    University of Colorado (Boulder) Boulder, CO October 1 30,300 $12,494 (in-state) $38,312 (out-of-state) information for transfer students
    University of Dayton Dayton, OH December 1 8,644 $44,890 information for transfer students
    University of Illinois Champaign, IL October 15 33,683 $16,866 (in-state) $34,316 (out-of-state) information for transfer students
    University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA November 5 24,233 $16,439 (in-state) $36,964 (out-of-state) information for transfer students
    University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI October 1 31,329 $16,178 (in-state) $53,232 (out-of-state) information for transfer students
    University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN October 1 8,874 $58,843 information for transfer students
    University of Rochester Rochester, NY October 15 6,521 $59,344 information for transfer students
    University of Texas Austin, TX October 1 40,048 $11,448 (in-state) $40,032 (out-of-state) information for transfer students
    University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA October 1 17,311 $19,698 (in-state) $53,666 (out-of-state) information for transfer students
    University of Wisconsin Madison, WI October 1 33,585 $10,720 (in-state) $38,608 (out-of-state) information for transfer students
    Washington State University Pullman, WA November 15 25,470 $25,470 (in-state) $27,733 (out-of-state) information for transfer students

    Key takeaways and moving forward

    Deciding whether or not to transfer colleges is a big decision. For many students, the entire transfer process can feel overwhelming. This is why college transfer counseling can be so helpful. Even though you’ve already gone through the college application process once, the transfer process is a bit more specialized.

    Generally speaking, there are fewer available resources than when you were a senior in high school and it can feel difficult to meet your application deadlines and requirements while you’re enrolled in college courses. If you feel like you could benefit from professional guidance throughout the transfer process, reach out to learn more about our services.

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