Transfer Student Celebration Week

October 16-20, 2023

Join us as we recognize and celebrate our UW transfer students through a week of engagement opportunities and events. This will be our third year officially celebrating our transfer students, who have long been a vital part of our community. Our goal, especially this week, but throughout the year, is to increase awareness of our transfer students and illustrate the common barriers and the diverse needs and identities of our transfer student population.

Our Transfer Student Celebration Week is inspired by and held in conjunction with National Transfer Student Week

All events are sponsored by UW Departments and Recognized Student Organizations. If you are hosting an event during the week and would like your event highlighted please submit using the form below!

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Event schedule

Check back frequently for more events!


Tuesday, October 17

Transfer T-shirts: Build Your UW Wardrobe
9:00am - 3:00pm (drop-in) | Husky Union Building (HUB) 141
Transfer students are welcome to come into the Commuter & Transfer Commons (CTC) to check out the space and to grab a t-shirt/other UW swag that might be available to get their UW wardrobe started! Limited supplies, first come, first served!
For more information please visit the CTC Website -

Hosted by: First Year Programs



Hear from UW leadership

UW President, Ana Mari Cauce's blog highlights Transfer Student Celebration Week in her 2022 Blog Post 

Message from Dr. Ed Taylor, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Transfer students are some of the most amazing and inspirational people I’ve met in my time at UW. They are determined, focused, resolved, dedicated, future-oriented, thoughtful, brilliant, versatile and strong. They exude self-reliance and authenticity. Worth noting, transfer students graduate at the same rate and with comparable grades as students who begin college at UW in their freshman year.

Students who transfer to UW bring important perspectives and diversity to our classrooms, research endeavors and community. Transfer students often have more life experiences — work, family, service — and see college as one of many steps in their lifelong journey to learn.

Indeed, there are distinctive challenges that make them who they are because they are in the middle of their undergraduate careers when they arrive. This means they must make connections quickly and create the time and space to engage in high-impact practices like study abroad, internships, or undergraduate research. We are working to make this easier!

In service of our continued efforts to serve our transfer students, the University of Washington is beginning work on two new initiatives meant to streamline and improve transfer students transition the UW:

  • The Faculty Council on Academic Standards is supporting departments to accept transfer students directly to their majors. This will smooth students’ transition into the University by providing an academic home from the beginning of their time at UW.

The University of Washington has entered into a partnership with the City of Seattle and Seattle Colleges to launch Path to UW a new program built to provide support, planning resources, community, and academic preparation experiences to Seattle Promise students on their journey from high school, through their Associate's Degree, and to the University of Washington.

If you are a transfer student seeking connection to other transfer students, please reach out to Tim McCoy. Faculty and Staff interested in supporting the work of transfer engagement should reach out to Joslin Boroughs.

Happy National Transfer Week! Thank you for all your efforts to make UW a supportive place for our transfer students.


Ed Taylor

Career exploration opportunity!

Huskies@Work - 
Students and alumni connecting over careers

Huskies@Work is a UWAA program that matches current UW students with alumni to discuss career journeys and job experiences in one-time, low-commitment talks. Students receive insights and advice; alumni enjoy a chance to inspire the next generation of Huskies. Make a career connection — sign up through UW Husky Landing today!

Sign up by Oct. 22 for meetups in November.

Supporting transfer students: faculty & staff resources

A host of resources are available to those supporting transfer students. Below is a quick list and a link to view our full resources page.

Learn More by visiting the faculty & staff resources page.

Digital Assets for Faculty & Staff

Suggested posts for departmental, programmatic, or personal social media accounts:

Instagram & Facebook

  • I am proud to be a #UWTransfer student because...
  • Every day our #UWTransfer students, faculty, and staff make great contributions to our university community. Join us in celebrating the National Transfer Week Celebration from October 16 through 20. Learn more at!
  • Use #transferstudentweek to join in the national event celebrating Transfer Students.

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Student Voices

Almodine Thompson

My first move was to hang out at the Commuter and Transfer Commons—it's an easy place to build a community that lasts beyond a quarter. I've also been a go-getter by joining ASUW Senate, Transfer Students United, and Furmata. These are three unique communities that I fit into perfectly and between them all I've managed to find my home at the UW. Joining ASUW Senate and then being elected the Senate Liaison to the HUB Board of Representatives has been my favorite experience thus far.

—Almodine Thompson, Highline College