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Continuing Education - Degree Completion

Transfer 101

As a transfer student, we know that you are not new to the college experience. However, keep in mind that you will be new to the Purchase College experience. While resources and policies may be similar from campus to campus, there are bound to be differences as well.

Nearly 40 percent of Purchase College’s incoming students are transfers, so understanding important transfer information will help to ease your transition and lead to a successful personal and academic endeavor. The School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education works closely with its undergraduates to foster student support and success.

Transfer Checklist:
Tips for Adjusting to Higher Standards and Advanced-Level Courses

  • Attend your student orientation.
    Orientation is a great way to become acquainted with the campus and learn more about campus activities and resources.
  • Form a relationship with your advisor. She will be your best resource.
    Your advisor will always be willing to schedule an appointment. You may contact her to arrange an appointment via phone or email.
  • Attendance is not negotiable. Expect to attend every class.
    Attendance will typically be factored into your final grade. In most cases, three or more absences will lead to a failing grade.
  • Being late to class may lower your attendance grade and cause you to miss important instruction, which may not be repeated.
    Vital information (i.e., due dates and exam information) is often given at the start of class.
  • Raise your hand and make your voice heard. Participation is a huge component in upper-level courses.
    Meaningful and relevant participation not only improves your grade, but helps you to better understand course material and get a higher grade.
  • Stay on top of all course readings. Instructors may or may not address them in class, but your comprehension of the readings could be expected for midterms and finals.
    Take notes when reading so that you can refer back to them. Don’t expect to catch up on course readings the week of an exam. Cramming does not work.
  • Academic integrity is taken seriously.
    Evaluation of primary sources and proper citation formats are expected. See the Library’s “How Do I….?” guide for citation for useful information and tools that make citation easier.
  • Seek out formal resources, such as the Learning Center, to adjust to higher writing standards at your new four-year college.
    There are plenty of resources available for students to help with writing and other areas. Your advisor is familiar with all these resources.
  • Know what to anticipate in your transition between educational domains.
    Lower-level/introductory courses require remembering and understanding basic information.
    Upper level/advanced courses require application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and creation of work. (Don’t expect to be told what is on the exam or to receive a study guide.)
  • Buy all your books before or during the first week. Talk to instructors and your advisor in advance if you foresee having trouble paying for books.
    Not having your books will only lead to frustration and missed assignments.
  • Spend as much time on campus as possible. Success rates have shown a direct correlation to student involvement with campus life. Try to study at the college library if you can.
    Spending time on campus is not possible for all students. If you can, even just an hour at the library before or after class will put you in “study mode” for the rest of your day.
  • Keep organized from the first day. Instructors may only announce due dates once.
    Expect changes to the course syllabus. These changes may not be repeated, and you are expected to remember them.
  • Use your time wisely. Schedule your assignment due dates in a planner early in the semester.
    Upper-level courses often have long-term assignments that will require lots of research. They should not be left to the last minute!
  • Do your homework, even if your instructor doesn’t check it.
    Doing homework is essential for understanding course concepts and participating in class discussions.

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