Unhappy freshman - better to apply as transfer or re-apply as freshman?
A friend's son chose to attend the flagship campus of our state system this fall and is very unhappy. Probably isn't just homesickness....he thinks it's just too big and the party-all-the-time atmosphere is not his thing (though he enjoys a party or two).
Due to a nasty divorce in process with the parents, little to no attention or research was done by the family and the student before choosing this college. Here's the student's key admission traits:
2200 on the SAT!
Decent grades in decent classes (this is his weak point)
Athletic - could probably play lacrosse for a small school
Diagnosed with epilepsy between freshman and sophomore years in h.s. Under control w/meds
Could use aid
Had the parents been more adept at the college process, I think this young man could have received some very good merit money from a host of small colleges (given that my own son, who is the same age, had SATs of 1980 and two small colleges gave him lots of money even when we didn't ask for it).
Anyone have an opinion on whether it would be better for the young man to take a leave now from school and reapply to small privates as a freshman or should he finish a semester or two and hope to transfer and get merit money somehow later?
My friend, his mother, could use some guidance here and I am just trying to help. So thanks, in advance, for any help you can offer.