Transfer Student Celebration Week

October 17-21, 2022

Join us as we recognize and celebrate our UW transfer students through a week of engagement opportunities and events. This will be our second 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

Event schedule

Monday, October 17

4-5 p.m. - Getting Started with Scholarships for Transfer Students

Dive into the world of scholarships with us! You’ll learn about scholarship opportunities available to you in the coming years. We’ll share information on how to search effectively and apply competitively | Mary Gates Hall 171-Multi-Purpose Room.
Register here--https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/1164



Tuesday, October 18

10-10:30 a.m. - Transfer Student Tour of the Intramural Activities Building 

Come check out the IMA (Intramural Activities Building) and learn about all that UW Recreation has to offer!  Enjoy the UW’s flagship fitness facility including cardio/weight equipment, basketball/volleyball/badminton/squash courts, indoor track and a wide variety of activities offered from Intramurals, Rec Clubs, Fitness/Mindfulness Classes, Sports Skills Classes, CRAGS Climbing wall, Personal Training, Massage, Nutrition and more.  Rec membership is included in tuition (Services & Activities fee) for all UW Seattle matriculated students.

1:30-3:00 p.m. - Commuter & Transfer Commons Open House 

Join us at our Commuter & Transfer Commons (CTC) open house, HUB 141, to find out more about the Commuter & Transfer Commons and get connected to other resources available to you. Don’t miss out on free food and gear!

3-5 p.m. - Meet & Greet with Academic Support Programs Transfer Student Academic Success Coach

Come to the Commuter and Transfer Commons, HUB 141, to meet and greet with Academic Support Programs (ASP) Transfer Student Academic Success Coach, Kaylee! As a transfer student herself, you can chat with her about time management, resources around campus, transfer & commuter student life at the UW, and much more. Learn more about her role as a coach and get to chat with her about your transfer experience so far!



Wednesday, October 19

1:30-2:00 p.m. - Finding Career Success: Essential Resources for Transfer Students

As a transfer student, it’s important to understand what steps you will need to take to ensure your career success once you graduate. Join the Career & Internship Center to learn about the various resources and programs available so you can start planning for your future career today!| Mary Gates Hall 134

Link for registrationhttps://uw.joinhandshake.com/edu/events/1117330 [uw.joinhandshake.com]

2:30-3:00 p.m. - Transfer Student Tour of the Intramural Activities Building 

Come check out the IMA (Intramural Activities Building) and learn about all that UW Recreation has to offer! Enjoy the UW’s flagship fitness facility including cardio/weight equipment, basketball/volleyball/badminton/squash courts, indoor track and a wide variety of activities offered from Intramurals, Rec Clubs, Fitness/Mindfulness Classes, Sports Skills Classes, CRAGS Climbing wall, Personal Training, Massage, Nutrition and more. Rec membership is included in tuition (Services & Activities fee) for all UW Seattle matriculated students.



Thursday, October 20

7:00-7:30 p.m. - Transfer Student Tour of the Intramural Activities Building 

Come check out the IMA (Intramural Activities Building) and learn about all that UW Recreation has to offer! Enjoy the UW’s flagship fitness facility including cardio/weight equipment, basketball/volleyball/badminton/squash courts, indoor track, and a wide variety of activities offered from Intramurals, Rec Clubs, Fitness/Mindfulness Classes, Sports Skills Classes, CRAGS Climbing wall, Personal Training, Massage, Nutrition and more. Rec membership is included in tuition (Services & Activities fee) for all UW Seattle matriculated students.

Hear from UW leadership

UW President, Ana Mari Cauce's blog highlights Transfer Student Celebration Week: https://www.washington.edu/president/2022/10/18/transfer-student-celebration-week/


Message from Timothy Billing, President of the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW)

Hello transfer students and campus community,

I am honored to welcome you all to the University of Washington! You have worked incredibly hard to earn your spot at one of the greatest universities in the country. Some of you may be feeling nervous, tired, excited, or even lost as you begin the next chapter of your story. Do not worry, as we are all feeling these emotions. College is a unique time in our lives and our classmates, professors, and staff at the University are honored to share it with you! Some of the greatest leaders on campus have been transfer students!

This is because you bring a perspective of different institutions, ways of learning, flexibility, and a drive for change that lead you to get the best education possible. It is important to celebrate and be proud that you are a transfer student! UW’s ability to bring various backgrounds, stories, and perspectives together is a part of what makes our school one of the biggest changemakers in the country. As your first quarter may be overwhelming, remind yourself that this is a shared experience in our communities. Lean on your classmates, ask your professors questions, and spend time organizing the many resources here at UW that are here to help you succeed. As we celebrate National Transfer Student Week, I ask that you reflect on your story and how UW could better serve you. Past transfer students have worked tirelessly to improve the transition into UW and create some of the resources you may be accessing. I would be honored, as your student body president, to be one of those resources.

Please reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or ideas at asuwpres@uw.edu. Remember, you are now a Husky for life, Go Dawgs!



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.

Sincerely,

Ed Taylor

Career exploration opportunity!

Huskies@Work

Program contact: UW Alumni & Student Programs, ASengage@uw.edu Marketing contact: Kerry MacDonald, kerrymac@uw.edu URLs: https://www.washington.edu/alumni/future-alumni/huskiesatwork/ or http://UWalum.com/huskiesatwork

Got career questions? Alumni have career answers! Whether you’re looking for inside info on a field you’re curious about or want the real story on what it’s like to live somewhere new, the UW Alumni Association can help you get connected to alumni who can help. Applications open through October 16! Learn more at https://www.washington.edu/alumni/future-alumni/huskiesatwork/

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.

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Student Voices

Hergy Mpaande

UW has several resources that all students must know, but I think every first-year student should be aware of resources such as the undergraduate advising office. When I was about to apply for my major, I was advised that I needed to retake a class that I took in college because it didn't transfer as the same class. I talked to my department adviser and he helped me to choose another that filled the requirement and I didn't have to pay for one class twice.

—Hergy Mpaande, Highline College Des Moines, WA