Christine VanDonge, Senior Research Analyst
Do you know where you are hoping to transfer? If so, could you start to form a relationship with professors in the department you are looking to apply to? A general conversation starter could be asking about their program (i.e. course work, research, opportunities for professional development). If you decided the program feels like a good fit for you, I would suggest bringing up the concern with the individual you are corresponding with. Is the program you want to transfer to nearby? You could possible request to meet with a faculty member and bring a list of well thought and organized questions to ask. During this meeting you could also bring up your situation and see how they suggest you move forward.
I would also wonder if there is a faculty member from you current program who could supply you with a letter of reference that can address your concerns while also suggesting you ability to successfully navigate a new program. Was there one course you excelled in or formed a positive relationship with an instructor? Consider meeting with him or her to discuss a letter of reference further.
Please feel free to ask any follow-up questions.