Tips for Transferring to Art School from Community College

Community college can be an incredible stepping stone for getting into a four-year university while helping to save a bit on expenses. It also offers the opportunity to take a variety of classes to discover what truly interests you. As you explore your interests in community college, you may find that the traditional university route isn’t the best fit. Creative types often have this realization at some point during their time at community college. If you count yourself in this category, art school may be a better option.

While many art school applicants come from a community college, it is important to note that these students are usually considered transfer students and the art school transfer process can be different from normal application. Though the thought of transferring is certainly exciting, there’s no denying that the process may be stressful. From ensuring that you fulfill every application requirement to assimilating to a new campus among new professors and students, we’re here to help make the process as seamless as possible. Here’s a closer look at what it’s like to transfer to art school from a community college.

Why Do Students Transfer from One School to Another?

No two students are alike, and there is a myriad of reasons why one may choose to transfer to a different school after completing a couple of years at a community college. While there is no right or wrong reason to transfer, there are a few common reasons that students choose to do so:

  • To obtain a more favorable financial aid package or due to a personal financial change
  • To switch to a new major that is not offered at your current school
  • Relocation to a new city or state
  • Wanting to move closer to or farther away from family
  • To experience a different lifestyle or culture than the one you grew up with
  • Get a fresh start after a personal setback

The Benefits of Attending Community College First

While many students choose to go directly to a four-year university after they finish high school, attending community college first, then transferring, is becoming an increasingly popular option. As community colleges continue to improve their offerings, it is likely that this trend will continue for the foreseeable future. Here’s a look at some of the key reasons why many students go this route:

To Save Money on Tuition 

College tuition costs continue to rise with each passing year, and community college can help students alleviate those costs. Most students attending a community college live locally, meaning they can continue living at home with their parents while commuting just a short distance to school. Because of the lower cost of community college, it enables students to get through their general education courses while exploring potential majors without having to pay the higher cost per credit.


To Improve their Chances of Acceptance

Some students don’t develop the study skills they need to be successful in college during high school. They may be left with below average grades, and low SAT scores, making it difficult to gain admission to some schools. Community college courses can help them to hone their study habits and obtain a higher GPA before applying for a transfer.

The Chance to Explore a Variety of Career Options 

One of the greatest benefits of attending community college is that you’ll have the freedom to explore your many interests without having to commit to a formal major. While some universities encourage students to declare their majors early on to ensure on-time graduation, community colleges offer more flexibility, allowing students to take their time in figuring out what they are truly passionate about.

What Is the College Transfer Process Like?

When transferring from community college, the process is relatively similar for most colleges. Here’s what you’ll need to do to have the best chance of being admitted to most colleges, including Hussian College.

Step 1 – Research Potential Schools 

Your first step should be to determine which schools you might like to attend. The courses of study offered should be one of your primary concerns. However, you should also think about secondary aspects of the school, like its location, cost, extracurricular offerings and other things that are important to you on a personal level. Review any available resources, such as the school’s course catalog, to get an idea of what it’s like to be a student there.

Step 2 – Complete the Application Requirements 

In your research, seek out information about what is required for your application, then focus your energy on completing those requirements to the best of your ability. This could include having your transcripts sent over from your current school, writing an admissions essay, and completing a financial aid application. For art school, you may also be asked to prepare an art portfolio of your work.

Step 3 – Ace Your Admissions Interview 

When transferring to art school, your admissions interview is one of the most important components of your application. This is your opportunity to show the school who you really are as a person, what you are passionate about and what you hope to gain from furthering your education. In addition to choosing an appropriate outfit to wear for your interview, you’ll also need to prepare for the questions the interviewer is likely to ask. Popular admissions interview questions include:

  • Where do you see yourself in 5/10/15 years?
  • Why do you want to attend this particular school?
  • How have your past experiences prepared you for college?
  • What was the most transformative experience of your life?
  • Who do you admire and why?

Of course, there is no guarantee that your interview will include these questions, but it always helps to be prepared. Thinking about how you might answer these kinds of questions in advance will help instill a sense of confidence as you head into your interview. You should also think about what is most important for you to convey to the person interviewing you. What are your passions, hopes, dreams? This can help you to frame your answers so that you give the interviewer the information they are asking for while passing along the things you most want them to know about you.

Will my community College Credits Transfer?

The answer to this question will depend on the school you wish to attend. In some cases, your credits may transfer directly. This is often the case for general education courses and common intro courses for popular majors. Courses that are unique to a particular school or that blend different disciplines may be more difficult to transfer seamlessly. For courses like this, you may gain elective credit as opposed to credit for specific course requirements. At Hussian College, our admissions team does all they can to match your credits appropriately so there is minimal chance that you’ll have to repeat the same or similar courses.

How Will My Experience Be Different as a Transfer Student?

When you enter a school as a first-year student, all of the other first-year students are in the same boat. On the contrary, when you enter as a transfer student, the majority of your classmates will have already been there for a few years, and likely have established social relationships.  While it may take a bit longer to build your social circle this time around, involvement in extracurricular activities and campus events help make the transition easier. Plus, these activities are great additions to your resume!

In addition to the social component, you may also experience differences academically. In community college, you likely focused on getting through your general education courses. Now that you have transferred to a new school, you’ll be taking more classes that are directly related to your major, which means you’ll probably find yourself more interested in the course material.

That being said, these upper-level courses are likely to be more challenging, since you are learning the material in greater depth. You may need to devote more time to studying and completing large projects than you did for your lower-level coursework. Take the time at the beginning of the school year to get organized, so you know exactly what work needs to be completed and when.

Learn More about Transferring to Hussian College

While transferring to a new school may seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be. If you follow the guidelines outlined here, you should be well-prepared to get through the application process with ease! Take the time to think about what it is that you truly hope to gain from your college experience, then look for a school that can help you achieve your goals.

Interested in transferring to Hussian College from your community college? Learn more about the programs and offerings available and discover what our transfer process entails. You’re one step closer to a fulfilling and rewarding education in the arts!