I was honored to be asked to speak at the Transfer Tips session during First Flight week. It was my 4th presentation (see First Flight for incoming freshman post) but the set up enabled a Q & A at the end. A thank you goes to Kelsey for this opportunity. There were questions such as tips about commuting to Denton, campus services and there were also questions about the library. Since services vary at other colleges or universities, I was happy to give UNT specific information. At the UNT, they have the Transfer Center. I like the the mission they have on their site “ It is impossible for a new transfer student to know all the ins and outs of college life at UNT, so the Transfer Center provides support to all transfer students during their transition period. The Transfer Center’s main goal is to help students connect to important campus resources, ensuring a successful transition to UNT. Transfer students are very important to UNT; each fall, we welcome over 3,500 new transfer students on our campus and our goal is to be a resource to all of them. http://studentaffairs.unt.edu/transfer-center
Regarding the “first year experience,” incoming freshman and transfer students have in common is their newness to the academic setting they are now part of. Like distance students, it is crucial to make sure that they DO feel a part of the campus even if they are community or have had a shorter history with it.