As a transfer student, I got asked a lot of questions about my journey and the transfer student experience. I thought I would share some frequently asked questions for anyone considering transferring to Ryerson.
Q: Why did you decide to transfer to Ryerson?
A: I decided to transfer to Ryerson because I wanted to complete my degree after graduating college, and Ryerson offered a direct pathway into their Business Management program.
Q: How did you choose Ryerson?
A: Ryerson was always top of mind for me. Even before deciding to go to college, I applied and received an offer from Ryerson. The Ted Rogers School of Management attracted me because of its closeness to industry, being located at Bay and Dundas street. I also always wanted to live in a big city, and the fact that Ryerson was located in the heart of Toronto was a perfect fit for me.
Q: How did you make friends?
A: My first year at Ryerson I lived in residence, which helped me make a lot of friends in many different programs at Ryerson. I also worked an on campus job and joined a student group where I was able to meet a lot of new friends. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and make new connections! Trust me, if you do this, your calendar will soon be full with lots of social events.
Q: Any advice for someone about to transfer?
1. You’re not alone. It may feel like you are the only person in your class that didn’t start at Ryerson first year, but this is highly unlikely. The more I put myself out there and started talking to my classmates, the more I learned that Ryerson has a large community of transfer students all in similar situations as me.
2. Start the process as early as possible so you don’t feel stressed or overwhelmed. There are a few extra steps to take in the application process in order to transfer as many credits as possible. Be patient and keep checking your Choose>Ryerson portal for important communications (e.g. copy of your transcript from your previous institution)
3. Make the most out of your time. If you’re transferring, it is likely that you won’t spend the full four to five years at Ryerson. To make the most of your time, seek out opportunities only available to Ryerson students, make new connections and enjoy the city of Toronto.
Q: What was the biggest challenge transferring to Ryerson?
A: Getting used to different ways of doing things compared to my college. My first few weeks at Ryerson there was definitely a learning curve figuring out the online systems, finding my way around campus and learning the many acronyms and campus jargon.