a year ago
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Can I transfer if the college doesn’t have my major?

Hi! I’m a senior in high school who will be attending Chapman University in the fall and I had a quick question regarding transferring from a four year to another four year. For context, I will be in the graphic design major!

My dream school was UCSD but unfortunately I was not accepted, however Chapman was my second choice. I was wondering, if I ever decided Chapman wasn’t going to work out for me (say financially, socially, academically etc.), would I be able to transfer to UCSD considering they don’t have a graphic design program? They have similair majors in design that I was interested in, but I’m unsure if they would ever consider my application because it wouldn’t be the major I had been working towards at Chapman. Would I simply “start over” at UCSD and have to spend extra time there? Would it be more beneficial that I switch my Chapman major to something that aligns better? I just want some feedback and advice on this as there’s always a possibility I change my mind on Chapman!


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a year ago

It's great that you are thinking ahead about your options and potential transfer possibilities. Yes, it is possible to transfer from Chapman to UCSD or any other four-year university, even if they don't have a graphic design program. However, transferring to a different university with a different major may require additional coursework and potentially additional time to complete your degree.

When you apply to transfer, your application will be evaluated based on your overall academic record, including your college grades and any standardized test scores. If you have completed general education requirements or courses that are similar to those required for your desired major at UCSD, it may increase your chances of being accepted as a transfer student.

It's also worth noting that transferring from one four-year university to another can be a competitive and complex process. It's important to make sure you are meeting all of the transfer requirements and deadlines for the schools you are interested in, as well as staying on track academically at your current school.

If you are considering a transfer, it may be helpful to speak with a transfer advisor at Chapman or a counselor at UCSD to discuss your options and develop a plan for transferring. You can also research the transfer policies and requirements for UCSD and other schools you may be interested in.

In terms of switching majors at Chapman, it's important to consider whether there is another major that aligns better with your interests and goals. If there is, switching majors may be a good option for you. However, if you are still interested in pursuing a career in graphic design, it may be more beneficial to stick with your current major and gain relevant experience and skills through internships and extracurricular activities.

Ultimately, the decision to transfer or switch majors should be based on your individual goals and needs, and it's important to gather as much information as possible before making any decisions

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