I am a current sophomore who recently transferred from University A to University B.
University A is in a city and better for my major. University B is isolated and more prestigious overall. I transferred to University B for personal reasons and for a more diverse college experience (and a wider network), but now that I’ve arrived, I dislike a lot of things about the school (size, my major’s curriculum, surrounding city or lack thereof). I now understand I was a much better fit for University A rather than B.
I felt like I had a vastly more fulfilling college experience—academically, socially, and mentally—last year compared to this year, and I am thinking about transferring back for junior year. However, I know there are a lot of cons to this: namely, the judgement of other peers/future employers, the lack of support from my family for this decision, and the possibility that transferring back might still make me dissatisfied. I would be able to complete my major in time, but I would have to reapply for admission. I also understand that it would only be two years of my life in the grand scheme of things—I could try to graduate earlier or travel a semester abroad in order to minimize my time in University B. Or I can focus on getting a master’s or a MBA down the line. At the same time, if I currently had the opportunity to transfer back, I would do so in a heartbeat.
I had a few questions:
- Are there any examples of people transferring back to their old university? Please reach out esp if you have done this personally!
- Would employers look down on an applicant transferring back and forth in between schools (if given a transcript)?
- Is it worth transferring back for a better experience the next two years (and possibly better career outcomes for my major specifically)? Definitely up to personal opinion, but I want to know other people’s thoughts.
- Have other transfers felt this way about their new school? What motivated you to ultimately stay?