Making the switch

A transfer student’s experience.

Swimmer Sarah Hughes

It is never too late to get a fresh start at the university of your dreams. For many students who are unsatisfied with their current university and are searching for the perfect school—look no further. Located near the sandy beaches of South Florida, Lynn University is the new home for hundreds of transfer students from around the world.

Last year, over 160 students made the switch and transferred to Lynn, becoming a piece of the Fighting Knights culture. Sarah Hughes—a rising star on Lynn’s swim team—described her experience.

What was your biggest fear of being a transfer student? 

“I was uncertain about how I would fit into Lynn’s culture,” she said.

It’s a concern many transfer students face, and it’s one reason students are often afraid to transfer.

“I decided to trust my intuition,” she said. “It was hard leaving my former teammates, university and major behind, but something inside me told me transferring was the right decision.”

Why did you choose Lynn?

As a student athlete, Hughes was excited to train in one of the world’s best swimming climates. “Having the opportunity to swim outdoors year-round was very new and exciting for me. Coming to Lynn gave me the resources I needed to become the best NCAA Division II student athlete I could be,” said Hughes.

Hughes also appreciated Lynn’s commitment as an Apple Distinguished School to provide innovative curricula that help students work more efficiently. She valued the small class sizes and believed they would provide good opportunities to build relationships among professors and students.

How was the application process?

“The application process was easy,” Hughes said. “The international, athletic and academic advisors at Lynn provided a lot of guidance and support. Transferring felt very natural—like it was meant to be.”

Lynn strives to eliminate the stress and confusion transfer applicants can face.

How were your first days at Lynn? 

Hughes said stepping onto campus for the first time was both relieving and exciting.

“It was incredible to explore the campus and meet the friends and advisors who I would share my future home away from home with. One of the best things about Lynn is the environment that made it easy to see myself here for the next three years,” she said.

How does campus feel now? 

“I have confidence walking around campus knowing where I am going and seeing familiar faces, most of which I am going to keep in contact with for the rest of my life,” said Hughes.

According to Hughes, Lynn’s campus is friendly and has a sense of community that makes a lot of students feel at home. The environment also makes it easy for students like Hughes to make lifelong friends.

Are you glad you made the switch?

“I would never look back—I wish I came here my freshman year,” said Hughes. “The relationships I have now with the students, athletic staff and academic advisors are the foundation for my academic career and life after graduation.”

In addition to swimming, Hughes also has held internships and worked on nationally based research projects—like investigating the fire history of the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico.

“When I transferred to Lynn, the doors have opened for my future,” she added. “I am forever grateful for the opportunities Lynn has granted me. If it wasn’t for Lynn, I would not have qualified for the NCAA DII woman’s swimming national championships two years in a row or been named a First Team All-Sunshine State Conference Athlete.”

Lynn helps students to excel in their academic and professional careers regardless of their desired career path. Thinking about transferring, too? Contact the admission team.

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