How to Make Your Transfer to LSU Computer Science a Breeze
Looking to transfer to LSU’s Division of Computer Science and Engineering? Congratulations, we’re looking forward to having you! The most important thing you can do to prepare is to give yourself time and be patient. The transfer process isn’t always an easy one, and may be affected by the kind of institution you’re transferring from (such as a community college compared to another four-year college). Be prepared to put in some work to keep the process moving. Asking for help from our undergraduate advisor can keep you on track to make the process smooth and drama-free. In the meantime, here are some tips.
START PLANNING EARLY
Whether you’re leaving your previous institution because you feel it is a poor fit or you’re simply ready to continue your education after time at a community college, you’ll need to ensure that LSU has what you’re looking for. Carefully review our research areas and take a look at what our alumni are doing to get a better idea of what a computer science degree at LSU can do for you.
“Begin the process as early as you can,” advises Dr. Joseph Learned Odenwald, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Engineering. “If possible, make an appointment to see a counselor in advance of the semester in which you plan to enroll; this will help ensure that high demand courses will not fill up before you schedule.”
WATCH YOUR DEADLINES
Every college has a different set of deadlines for transfer applications; keep track of them to ensure you don’t miss anything. If you blow a deadline, you may find that you’re unable to transfer until the next semester — or even the next year. Stay organized and always follow up on what the next step might be.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help or clarification. Mary Boudreaux, the engineering transfer adviser, is in Student Services on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am-3pm. For students at Baton Rouge Community College, she is at the Mid City campus on the second floor of the Cypress Building on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the same hours. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other counselors can see prospective transfer students as well.
FIND OUT WHAT TRANSFERS
Not every class you’ve taken at your first institution will earn you credit at your next one. You’ll need to work carefully with the office at the College of Engineering to determine which credits will transfer and how they’ll be counted. Don’t make assumptions — you don’t want a surprise down the road when you think you’re ready for graduation and you find out you’re actually not.
Check out the Tiger Transfer Table database to learn more.
GET TO KNOW THE CAMPUS
“Regardless of where a student is coming from, it is critical to learn the campus,” Odenwald says. “Be sure to familiarize yourself with the campus and download the LSU App. It is also a good idea to visit each of the buildings where your classes will be held. This will make your first day on a large campus less stressful.”
Completing the transfer and starting at LSU doesn’t necessarily mean your work is over. Now it’s time to learn about a new campus, master a new system and make new friends. Take the opportunities that come your way to get involved with clubs, groups and other extracurricular activities. Check out the Association for Computing Machinery Student Chapter or the Women in Computer Science at LSU to make connections at your new college home.