What you get

Two books:

  • 95-page guide that breaks the entire transferring process down step-by-step, including:
    • our Rule #1 that will quickly help you decide if transferring is right for you, and will make the rest of your application process as smooth as possible
    • a complete walk-through of every single part of the common application
    • real-life essays that got students into schools like Cornell, U Penn, and Stanford
    • a simple and polite way to let your professors know exactly what they should mention in their letters of recommendation for you, and that will have them thanking you for saving them so much time
    • the best way to make sure as many of your credits transfer over as possible
    • and more advice distilled from our 50+ interviews with top students, and talks with admissions officers from around the country
    • Read the Introduction and Table of Contents
  • 331-page set of 50 full-length interviews with transfer students of all kinds (community college, four-year, international, students that took time off, etc.)
  • Two bonus timelines that show you every step you need to complete and by when, whether you want to transfer in one year or two years
  • All available instantly as digital .pdf format downloads
  • 426 pages total, all for just $77 $57, less than the cost of a single transfer application, and representing hundreds of hours of our research and work for less than half the price for just one hour of consulting with one of us.
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Why is our guide the best?

  • The ONLY guide created by transfer students, for transfer students
  • Proven strategies used by students to transfer into Yale, Stanford, the UCs, and other top schools
  • The product of over 5 years of research and contact with hundreds of college transfer students

We’ve been to the College Confidential transfer students forum and other blogs; we’ve read the books on transferring. NONE of them compare to the detailed information and real-life examples included in our books.

Who we are

We’re Chris and Lan, and we met while applying to transfer colleges. Chris transferred to Dartmouth College and Lan transferred to Stanford University. Lan received a graduate degree from Columbia University, and now works in the field of education. Chris received graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Oxford University, and is now in finance. We both live in New York.

Now let’s go back to who we were. We both went to big public high schools, no fancy private schools here. Lan was the first person in her family to go to a four-year college, while Chris spent his high school summers working a close-to-minimum-wage job at the local theme park. He was one step away from being a carny. Seriously.

Chris applied to all the top schools (Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, UC Berkeley, you name it) straight out of high school… and was uniformly and soundly rejected by all of them. Lan didn’t even think about applying to the top schools because she thought she wasn’t good enough; she only applied to four of her state’s schools.

Why we’re doing this

To get from who we were then to who we are now, we transferred colleges. After blindly braving the process ourselves, we’re convinced that (a) no one else should have to go through this process alone, and (b) everyone can transfer to better schools than they think they can. If you’re like we were, and you’re stuck at a school that you don’t like when you know that you can be happier and reach your full potential at the right college, then you’re at the right place.

Why isn’t there any information out there for us?

We went through the process barely knowing what we were doing, not by choice, but because there was NO information out there for us. While there are hundreds of books published every year for freshman applicants, advice for students interested in transferring is—if we’re lucky—sometimes given a page or two in the average college admissions guide.

This is despite the fact that SO MANY students transfer. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 1/3 of college students change schools at least once, with over 2.5 million students transferring every year.

It’s not your fault that you’re not happy at the school you’re at. How is anyone who just turned 18 supposed to know where the best place to have their college experience is? Maybe forcing kids to make the decision so early is why more students end up transferring than not.

Community college counselors are of limited help because they’re usually overburdened with helping hundreds of students, and they generally only have information about transfer agreements the school may have with colleges in the area.

For those of you at four-year colleges: unfortunately counselors at these schools are often downright unhelpful. Why? While students are expected to transfer from a community college to a four-year school, four-year schools actually have incentives to keep information about transferring from you.

Most basically, colleges lose your tuition dollars if you leave, but, more subtly, their retention rate (the percent of students who enter the school that later graduate) also goes down. This statistic is important for the school to keep up because it helps determine how high the school is ranked by US News and World Report and, obviously, it makes the school look bad if students are leaving.

It’s your choice

Your education and your college experience are your choice. If you’re unhappy with what you’re getting, you should—like any other customer—be able to exchange it for something else.

College is supposed to be one of the best parts of your life and you should make sure you’re getting the experience you want.

The advice we have for you, however, is not for everyone. It’s not for people who aren’t going to use it, it’s not for people who don’t take action, and it’s not for people who are afraid of stepping out of the box a bit.

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