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How to Make Friends in College As a Transfer Student

by Emma Wells

Transferring schools and starting all over again might seem like a difficult transition, but the good news is that you’re not alone. Eric Hoover notes in “The Chronicle of Higher Education” that about one-third of all college students will transfer at some point while earning a two to four-year degree. With so many people shuffling between colleges, making new friends as a transfer student is easier than it used to be.

Get a roommate. A single room will give you more space, but when the goal is to meet people, you might need to make some sacrifices. Signing up to live with a roommate will help you get to know someone right away. Your roommate may help you make acquaintances or friends with other people in your dorm. If you’re worried that you and your roommate won’t share the same interests, consider signing up for a themed dorm or house. Many schools have designated areas where people can live with others who share a love of travel, theater or outdoor activities.

Seek out other transfer students. Because colleges are more flexible about accommodating transfer students, your new school may have someone in the admissions office who is specifically trained to work with transfers. Some schools, like Colorado State University, have a Transfer Student Center where you can get information and meet other students in a similar situation. Find out if there is an orientation for transfer students where you can meet other transfers.

Get involved on campus. The best way to make new friends in any situation is to join extracurricular activities where you can meet people who share your interests. Get involved right away with an intramural sports team, Greek life, student government or another club on campus. At the beginning of the new semester, there are always new people joining in on activities, so you’re unlikely to be the only one. After a practice or club meeting, invite people to eat with you or to grab a cup of coffee. Once people know you’re interested in hanging out with them, they might invite you out with their social groups.

About the Author

Emma Wells has been writing professionally since 2004. She is also a writing instructor, editor and former elementary school teacher. She has a Master's degree in writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English and anthropology. Her creative work has been published in several small literary magazines.

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