So I recently chose between two schools. On the surface they looked really similar but one of them (school 1) was offering my degree in 4.5 years instead of 6 and also had some other specialized classes I was interested in. School 2 was also very far away from family and I wasn’t too sure I wanted to make such a big change. After accepting the offer at school 1, I was told by another academic advisor at school 1 that I wouldn’t be able to do my degree in 4.5 years (it would be more like 5-6) and that with field work I would be doing taking some of the specialized courses I wanted to take wouldn’t be possible. Additionally I found out that I wouldn’t be able to afford the tuition for the last year or 2 of my degree.

So now I’m thinking of transferring to school 2 next year. I have a relationship with an advisor at that school and she also knows my current advisor at school 1. I’m just unsure of how to tell my advisor at school 1 that I’m now wanting to transfer after just recently making the decision to go to his school just one month ago. I truthfully just didn’t weigh my pros and cons well enough and didn’t get all of the info I could have before making my decision and want to tell him without seeming like I didn’t think things through. He’s also a great resource for my research and I don’t want to lose a valuable connection.

Any advice on when to go about telling him and how I should say it?

  • Have you talked to your advisor about all of these things already? Commented May 22 at 14:53
  • Not yet, he's been doing field work out of the country so I haven't been able to get in contact while I've been learning all of these things
    – anon_b
    Commented May 22 at 14:54
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    First, you should tell him about these issues. He may have a better solution than transferring. There's no guarantee that you won't have issues at your new institution. Commented May 22 at 14:57
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    Do you believe everything school 2 told you still? Is that a belief or based on more information you have gotten? Perhaps their program takes 7 years, etc…
    – Jon Custer
    Commented May 22 at 15:08
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    Does school 2 even still commit to accept you into their program? Commented May 22 at 17:49


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