Transferring out of USC

<p>I'm a freshman and I'm loving USC, but I am considering transferring out of USC because I want to be closer to home and not spend so much tuition money. It just isn't worth it, I feel like I would enjoy life at my state school more and the education wouldn't lack that much more. In fact, my professors this semester kind of suck to be honest.</p>

<p>What I'm wondering about are the academic implications of transferring out of USC. I'm doing pretty well in my classes besides Writ 140, but will my GPA transfer? Will I have to retake classes or will USC classes count at a less prestigious state school?</p>

<p>I can't imagine that your credits would not transfer. Are you sure you will save money though? Is USC giving you grants that you might not get at your state school. I certainly understand wanting to be closer to home. My D is a freshman at USC and is homesick, but it would actually be more expensive for her to attend the state college since she would not get the same financial aide.</p>

<p>What do you dislike about USC?</p>

<p>I'm a junior in high school considering the RHP program, but not sure if USC is a good fit for me. Can you share your experiences?</p>

<p>Marthajp-you'd be surprised re: transfer credits. Look at what a challenge it is for students who transfer to USC from other schools. A lot of schools have weird transfer credit requirements. </p>

<p>Ripemango-I'm PMing you.</p>

<p>mango,
From time to time about this time of year students write about being homesick. Medterm exams are over and papers are due. Finals will soon be approaching. College is not high school. There are adjustments to group living and making adult choices</p>

<p>See what your schedule would be next semester. Unless you live at home and commute your next three years will be away from home. Many freshmen are going through the same experience. Sometimes just the semester break will make a difference. You did state you liked the university.</p>

<pre><code>The counseling offices are available to you. Discuss your situation frankly with a person trained to help freshmen. Before going through the long process of admissions the counselor may have positive suggestions for you.
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<p>Here's what I dislike about USC: I am just spending too much money. If I went to my state college, I would be spending a significant amount less in tuition, and I wouldn't feel guilty about spending money on stuff like food every day or paying dues for a frat. There just hasn't been anything to prove to me that the tuition is worth it.</p>

<p>your credits will transfer
your GPA will not</p>

<p>Before you actual transfer, you need to speak with your home state's university. The admission advisors need to look at your USC classes and match up those classes with State university's classes for the credits to transfer.</p>

<p>"Here's what I dislike about USC: I am just spending too much money."</p>

<p>I think that's a perfectly legitimate reason.</p>

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<p>Out of curiosity, are you paying full tuition or did you receive grants? How much loan debt will you have at the end of your college career? What are you planning to major in?</p>

<p>^IIRC, ripemango has a scholarship but no other aid.</p>

<p>would it be wise to leave after this year, or should I stick with it since I have already spent tuition money for this year? this decision is killing me. I would also lose friends I've made here. How do transfers deal with leaving their previous college behind???</p>

<p>Ripemango, I think you need to seriously think about what you want. You've presented great arguments for both staying and leaving. My advice would be to fill out a transfer app and THEN go through the decision process.</p>

<p>Ripemango,
SC has trained counselors who are there to help you with problems. You appear to be ambivalent about this decision. Did you see a counselor to discuss this and your financial concerns? These experienced individuals can probably give better advice than anonymous people on a message board.</p>

<p>I'd suggest you contact the school you MAY transfer to & find out exactly what will and will NOT transfer so there is no guesswork involved. </p>

<p>I transferred back in the 70s from my home flagship U to another OOS flagship U. It worked well for me--all my courses transferred and I got significant merit & FAid so it was about the same price or cheaper for me to be away.</p>

<p>My D transferred to USC from CC. She worked with the folks at USC to be sure the courses she took would transfer and most of them did. She's been very happy at USC, especially in the upper division classes (she got most of the basic courses out of the way at CC). It's definitely worthwhile figuring out the bottom line how much you will owe form each U & how long it will take to get your degree at each U. </p>

<p>Depending on the major, it MAY take A LOT longer to graduate at some state Us. My niece is finally getting her degree this December 2011 at a CSU. She graduated from HS in 2005. It has taken her a long time to get all the courses she needs for her degree. Her BF is also at a state U in CA. He can't get the courses he needs, so he has no idea when he will be able to get his engineering degree, especially with significant budget cutbacks to the state Us. The length of time you need to be at the U to get your degree DOES affect the total cost of your education as well. Be sure to factor that in as well as you can.</p>

<p>My S graduated after 4 years at USC. D is scheduled to graduate after 3.5 years at USC (+ 3 semesters at CC). One other thing to consider is internship and employment opportunities at both Us. We feel that the internship S secured during his JR year at NASA was at least partly due to his being a student at USC. We feel this in turn helped him get his FT job offers in February of his SR year. He has also had significant research opportunities & is a co-author on several papers that have been published. He also helped found a rockclimbing club and got funding every year for equipment; he presented a geology poster at a national conference. </p>

<p>D at USC has been on the artistic team for and filmed several movies, helping her build her portfolio for her field. She has been thrilled with the opportunity to skype with Microsoft and other key folks in the field. Much depends on your field and what you decide to take advantage of.</p>