The St. John's Transfer Student Experience

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Moving from one college to another can be a daunting task. However, with the help of exceptional advising counselors, the process can be smooth and hassle-free. At St. John’s University, we understand the importance of having a mentor who can guide you through your academic and personal goals to achieve success.

In this Q&A session, we speak with Ritisha Purohit, a Psychology major who transferred to St. John’s after attending another university for a semester. Ritisha shares her transfer journey, highlights the benefits of having a mentor throughout the process, and explains why St. John’s fits perfectly. Moreover, Ritishas’s adviser offers tips on making the most of your St. John’s transfer experience.

“I decided to transfer to St. John's University just two weeks before the start of the new semester. The transfer process was incredibly smooth, thanks to my adviser, Melissa Mirabella, who was extremely helpful and supportive. As a third-year student at St. John’s, I’m happy with my decision to transfer. It has been a great experience so far.”

 —Ritisha Purohit, Psychology Major, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

Q&A Chat with Transfer Student, Ritisha Purohit 

Briefly share your journey and why you chose to transfer colleges.

I grew up in Queens, NY, and attended schools in New York City my whole life. During my college search, I was convinced I did not want to attend a college in New York City. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and experience something different. So, I decided to enroll at the University of Scranton, close to home but far enough away to give me a sense of independence. However, I quickly realized it wasn’t the right fit for me. I felt like I didn’t belong and was uncomfortable.

What drew you to St. John’s University? 

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A few of my friends attend St. John’s University and raved about the programs, which piqued my interest in the school. The diversity of the Queens, NY, campus was another factor that drew me in; I felt like I belonged there. Additionally, I appreciate the city’s proximity. The campus has a small-town feel to it, which I love.

Which campus resources or services were most helpful during your transfer process?

My transfer adviser, Melissa Mirabella, made the process smooth and quick. She was always there to guide me and keep me updated on my progress. Her constant communication and attention to detail helped me stay calm and confident throughout the process. I trusted her completely, and I am grateful for her invaluable assistance. 

Did you have any concerns or fears about transferring, and how did the transfer adviser at St. John’s help alleviate them?

I was afraid that I would regret my decision to transfer. However, my transfer adviser encouraged me to trust my instincts. I realized that there was a good reason why I wanted to transfer. I didn’t want to go through another semester feeling out of place at a university that should feel like a second home.

Describe your transfer process experience in one word and explain why. 

Efficient. Despite applying just two weeks before the start of classes, my adviser was quick to assist me. She kept me informed and updated throughout the process, so I felt no stress. In just a little over a week, I received my acceptance letter and class schedule for the semester.

Were there any unexpected benefits or opportunities that arose from your transfer experience?

Yes! I was awarded my transfer scholarship, which helped my family a lot. Aside from that, I now have my current Student Ambassador role at the St. John’s University Welcome Center. Being a Student Ambassador allows me to show how great St. John’s is to prospective students, including students who may be looking to transfer.

Related: Look inside St. John’s Student Ambassador life on their Instagram.

What advice would you give students considering transferring to a different college or university?

Trusting your instincts is crucial when it comes to making decisions. If someone hadn’t told me to trust my gut, I would have continued studying at my former college for another semester despite being unhappy. If you’re considering transferring, you’re probably missing something or feeling unhappy. Remember, college is like a second home, so being comfortable and content with where you are is essential.


A Brief Chat with Melissa Mirabella, Associate Director of St. John’s University Transfer Student Services  

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In your experience, what are some unique aspects or opportunities that transfer students can take advantage of at St. John’s?

Prospective students can benefit from our generous transfer credit policies and transfer merit-based scholarships. Students holding an associate degree may qualify for University course waivers (where applicable), associate degree transfer credit packages, and our Transfer Distinction Award.

We also want to remind all our new transfer students about the many resources available, such as the Writing Center, Learning Commons, and Career Services.

Additionally, registered transfer students can access their Advising Dean and Faculty advisers in the first few weeks of classes to discuss their academic progress, opportunities like Graduate Pathway options, and semester study abroad programs.

What advice would you give prospective transfer students on making the most out of their experience at the University?

St. John’s University is attentive to the needs of its students in a friendly and nonintrusive way. With small class sizes, professors can easily connect with students, identify issues early, and provide referrals to appropriate resources.

Our team also proactively contacts students to help them navigate challenges they may face while transitioning to a new campus. New transfer students can benefit from the support of their professors, transfer admission counselors, and college offices. Students need to take advantage of these resources early on, as needed, and maintain open communication with their mentors. Students can easily schedule office hours with their professors, access tutoring services, or seek other academic support if any difficulties arise. 

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Have Questions on Transferring to St. John’s University?

Our Transfer Service team is available to assist you every step of the way.

Connect with a transfer adviser.