If you are trying to select a transfer institution, there are a number of important factors to consider:
- Does the college/university offer the degree program that you want to complete?
- Will your chosen degree program help you meet your occupational/educational goals?
- How long will it take to complete this program?
- How much will it cost you to earn this degree? (Don't forget to include expenses such as books, housing, meal plans, etc.)
- Can you afford it?
- Are scholarships, financial aid, etc., available? (Remember to find out whether or not you qualify for these resources.)
- What is the current enrollment at the transfer institution?
- Will you be comfortable attending an institution of this size?
- Approximately how many students are enrolled in your chosen major/degree program?
- What is the average class size at this transfer institution?
- Are you satisfied with the location (town/city) of this transfer institution?
Through your answers to these questions, you can begin to develop criteria for selecting a suitable transfer institution. Be sure to add to your list any other factors that are important to you. After developing this transfer institution evaluation checklist, you can use it with the web sites below to identify the schools that best satisfy your criteria
If you've already decided upon the subject area you want to study but don't know which colleges and universities offer related programs, then let an online college finder do the work for you. Through these web sites, you can restrict your search for colleges/universities to a variety of features such as majors, program size, location, etc.
Peterson's Educational Center
My College Options
US News College Rankings
Making College Count
The Princeton Review
Perhaps you know that you want to further your studies at another Louisiana college/university, but you've yet to pick one. If you'd like to focus your search for a transfer institution on a specific geographic region, the web site below can help. Use it to view a Louisiana state map divided into 8 geographic regions. Click on the region(s) of interest, and you will be provided with a list of colleges and universities in that area.
For information on health-related degree programs available through Louisiana colleges and universities, visit this web site. Valuable occupational information is also offered.
Professional organizations are another way to identify colleges and universities that offer specific degree programs. Many of these organizations include on their web sites lists of college/universities that offer degree program(s) necessary for entry into their field. For example, if a person wanting to become a dietician visits the American Dietetic Association's web site, he/she will find a listing of universities offering related degree programs. Use the web sites below to find professional organizations specific to your career field.
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
Provides a directory of specialized and professional accrediting organizations.
KSU Academic and Career Information Center
Lists career links by major, including related professional organizations.
Proceed to Step 2: Gathering Information