Is transferring to ASU worth it?

From partnerships with community colleges to mentorship and beyond, Arizona State University is committed to transfer students and their success.

Is transferring to ASU worth it? Yes, for many reasons. For one, I have absolutely no debt, and completed my general education requirements for roughly 20 percent of the cost. I transferred to ASU with my associate degree in hand, and a bachelor's degree on my mind. I can say that I am a nontraditional student. And it led to my role as a Transfer Student Ambassador.

None of this would have been possible without support from key ASU programs for transfer students.

From community college to ASU

During my first semester of community college, I enrolled in the Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program (MAPP), which outlined each course I needed to take to transfer to ASU. I had no idea it would become so valuable to me. It was because of MAPP that my transition to ASU was so seamless and straightforward.

I am also fortunate enough to be neighbors with an ASU faculty member, who guided me through the transition and answered my never-ending questions. I continue to ask her for advice and will occasionally stop by to say thank you. However, not everyone will have such a connection. My suggestion is to create one. Make yourself known to a professor, and ask them for advice. They are here to help! Another option is to make appointments with your academic advisor (the W. P. Carey School offers dedicated advising services for all business students!). Your advisor will help keep you on track to obtain your degree.

Opportunities to engage

The Transfer Student Ambassador Program was created to connect students interested in transferring to ASU from any of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Students who have already transferred to ASU from one of those schools serve as Transfer Student Ambassadors, and share their transfer experience with current community college students who plan to study at ASU. Ambassadors are available to answer questions about being a Sun Devil, while offering a student-to-student perspective on what it takes to be successful here.

For future transfer students: I highly recommend getting involved with the Transfer Student Ambassador Program. It offers the insight you need to make a smooth transition to ASU — from peers who have done exactly that — plus a distinct involvement and leadership opportunity for you to pursue when you become an ASU student.

Becoming a Transfer Student Ambassador has opened several doors. I feel more involved in the university and I am actively networking. I have made new friends and I am constantly learning more about ASU. I have made myself known — I am no longer a small fish in a big sea. Yes, I am a proud transfer student. But I am also a proud Sun Devil.


See how the W. P. Carey School of Business supports success for transfer students from two-year and four-year institutions across the nation and around the world.

Amanda Wegleitner