Is this a good plan for transferring?

<p>I am currently an out of state student at a fairly respected engineering school on the east coast. The school is ok, but not very challenging in my opinion (we are forced to learn alot of irrelevant stuff). I have made alot of friends and fit in fairly well on campus, but when it comes to the environment/culture around here I feel like I am in a time machine. Everything is so backwards. I have given the culture shock almost a year to set in, and I just can't get over it. As much as I will miss my friends here, I think it might be time to move on. I don't want to live anywhere near this area after college.</p>

<p>Because of this and a few other reasons (traveling back and forth is getting expensive and kind of sucks) I am considering transferring back to my home state. The school there is almost as good (slightly better in some engineering fields). I still haven't visited the engineering facilities and looked deeply into the school, but I thought up an idea that might work.</p>

<p>My plan is to pick my classes at my current school for next year (just in case I decide to stay), and also apply as a transfer student to the school in my home state. Then over summer I plan to visit this school and decide if it is right for me.</p>

<p>Is this a good idea? I feel like I need to make up my mind soon because the engineering programs have different curriculum's, and I will get behind my peers.</p>

<p>Also, I was accepted to the school in my home state when I first applied to colleges. Do I still have to pay the testing people to send my SAT/ACT scores to them again? Do they keep my old info on file?</p>

<p>I am currently a freshman with a 4.0 GPA after one semester, and it should be around a 3.5-3.6 after this semester (I have a class where the test averages are always around 50% and the teacher refuses to curve), so I think I should be accepted as a transfer.</p>

<p>Does anyone have an tips/insight into this situation?</p>

<p>you're ideal sounds good to me, its always a better idea to apply somewhere and tell them no in the end than it is not to apply and regret not having another option. i also re-applied to the state school in my area that i got into last year and got in again, so im pretty sure you'll be ok there, your grades are pretty good. would you consider applying to umich? their engineering is great.
about the stuff being on file, all the schools i re-applied to already had my stuff on file from last year so chances are this school will too, but you may want to call the admissions office just in case, because some really big schools or public schools may not do that (i applied to all small private liberal arts schools). good luck!</p>

<p>What milkdud said.</p>

<p>And, no, you cannot assume they will have your test scores on file, but they might or might simply re-up your old app. So call them. Good luck.</p>