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June 19, 2020

Switching from a traditional campus college to full time learning in an online school is not a decision many students make. The existing lockdown policies in the world has put students attending traditional campus colleges in a tough spot. Students are given more reasons to switch to an online school day by day. With the universal state of COVID-19 lockdown, transferring to an online college is a saving grace for students.

How to Transfer to an Online School

Have you decided to go full time learning online? Are you oblivious of the steps to take to switch from your traditional campus college to an online school? Unfortunately, not many students know how to switch from their on-campus college to an online college. Highlighted below are the steps to take for online college transfer during the COVID-19 lockdown.

1.      Make a list of online schools you will like to attend

The first step students who want to transfer to an online school during COVID-19 lockdown need to take is to know what their choices are. What better way to do this than making a list of online schools you are interested in? Collect information about the schools, their curriculum, their fees, their accreditation, the courses they offer, etc.

After making an in-depth inquiry, select the best option out of all the schools you have gathered. Make sure to choose only a school that is officially accredited. You can confirm if the school is accredited by checking the “Accreditation of colleges and Universities: Who’s Accrediting the Accreditor’s” website.

2.      Contact the school of your choice

You can extend your interest in transferring to the online college by making contact with the school. Make sure to go to their administration page. Check out the requirements expected for you to meet before transferring to the school. If you are given questionnaires to fill, provide the answers and let them know your reasons for switching to their school.

Make findings of the paperwork required for you to submit before transferring. If you have any form of making contact with the school to ask questions, exploit that opportunity.  Some schools have platforms where they provide frequently asked questions. Go through those questions and check the answers provided.

3.      Transfer your credits from your former school

Are you transferring from an accredited school? That is already a bonus to transfer your credits. Graduate Center of CUNYC in a study reveals that students who transfer not less than 90% of their credits are twice more likely to complete their online education than those who transfer less than 50%.

 Unfortunately, it may not be easy to transfer credits for a student coming from a school that is not accredited. If you are one, this should not discourage you. Be ready to work hard and get your degree completed.

4.      Submit your application to the school

The last step is to submit your application. Most online colleges have clear procedures on their website to apply for their courses. Read the instructions carefully before applying. Fill in your detail and personal information correctly.

Make submissions of your transcripts and other necessary documents you are asked to provide. Prepare to submit documents like birth certificates, proof of residency, and immunization records. Some schools like the University of Minnesota encourage their online students to submit their transcripts electronically for quicker processing.

After you have submitted your application, check your email regularly for feedback from the college you have applied to. While it is good for you to be optimistic, also keep an open mind for a chance that some of your credits will not transfer.