Are you an adult or returning student that has had at least a 1-year break in your educational path? (AND/OR) Are you currently in community college and seeking to transfer to an institution where you won’t feel out of place as an older student?
Well, let me introduce you to my friend: The School of General Studies.
A School of General Studies is typically a separate school (with its own admissions department) within a university that focuses on admitting non-traditional and returning students. They offer Bachelor’s of Arts and Science degrees in a wide variety of majors and typically have more favorable acceptance rates than the university as a whole.
We aren’t talking about some no-name schools that you haven’t heard of before either. Here are just a few notable universities with Schools of General Studies:
- Columbia University School of General Studies
- University of Pennsylvania School of General Studies
- University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies
That’s right, there are two Ivy League institutions on that list! In fact, Columbia University boasts that 75% of their incoming students at the School of General Studies are transfer students!
How To Transfer
To apply to these schools as a transfer student, you’ll have to go through the school directly. For example, you’ll want to apply to Columbia’s School of General Studies itself, as opposed to Columbia University’s general transfer process. The links above will take you to each school’s website where you can find additional admissions information.
Anecdotally, I’ve known a few individuals who have transferred from community college to a school of general studies and have said nothing but great things about the counselors, the academic experience, and their fellow students.
A Unique Opportunity
A School of General Studies allows you to get a top-notch education at an institution that understands your personal history and challenges. These schools were practically set up for non-traditional community college transfer students!
If you meet the criteria mentioned above, you should definitely consider adding one of these institutions to your list of prospective transfer schools.
Have a question about transferring to a School of General Studies? Post it in the comments.