Celebrating Transfers 

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 9, 2018) — In honor of the more than 1,800 transfer students that join the UAlbany student body each year, the University is celebrating National Transfer Week next week, with a full lineup celebrating students.


A student mentor holds up a T-shirt with the Transfer Experience motto on it.

Events include:

  • Monday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Wall signing and giveaways in the Lecture Center Concourse. Sigh your name and where you started out on the wall between Argo and ITS’s Educational Technology Center.
  • Tuesday, Oct, 16, 3-5 p.m., Inspirational Paint and Sip in the Transfer & Commuter Lounge on the first floor of the Campus Center.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6-8 p.m.: Celebrate fall and de-stress with pumpkin painting and cider doughnuts in the basement level of Waterbury Hall in Alumni Quad.
  • Thursday, Oct. 18, 12:30-2 p.m. is Transfer Advocacy and Appreciation Day in the Campus Center Assembly Hall, sponsored by Tau Sigma, the honor society for transfer students. Refreshments available, and a Transfer Advocate Recognition Ceremony at 1 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m., field trip to Indian Ladder Farms, an apple orchard and farm store. Free cider! RSVP in LC-31 by Oct. 18

Celebrating Transfers

Each fall about 1,400 transfer students join UAlbany, and about another 450 transfers join in the spring semester. Most have started their education at community colleges, and the top draws are Hudson Valley, Schenectady County, Adirondack, Nassau and Duchess community colleges.

That may shift in the future, as UAlbany is set to sign a major articulation agreement Oct. 17 with Mohawk Valley Community College that will span 46 majors and all the university’s schools and colleges.

The University offers targeted support programs for its transfer students, including pairing new students with Transfer Transition Leaders who share information on available resources, including academic, service and social programs.

Transfers also have access to peer and faculty mentors, five different transfer communities that allow students with similar majors or interests to socialize or to room near each other. Each academic department has transfer liaisons to answer questions, and a Transfer Advisory Group made up of faculty, staff and transfer students helps assess needs and develop support systems for transfers.

In addition, the University offers clubs for commuters and for non-traditional students – those over 24. A new Transfer Student Club started this year to help newcomers get involved in University activities as soon as they arrive. Tau Sigma, the national honor society for transfers, has programs to support transfers academically.

For more information on services available for transfer students, visit Transfer Experience or contact Darlene Poirier, the program coordinator for student engagement and transfer experience.

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