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New programming aims to ease the transition to UGA for transfer students

Athens, Ga. – The Tate Student Center has launched a new initiative designed to help transfer students succeed at the University of Georgia. Dubbed the Transfer Student Experience, the initiative links transfer students with each other and with faculty, staff and administrators to help form a seamless adjustment to campus.

“Research tells us that connecting transfer students both socially and academically is critical to their success,” said Jan Davis Barham, associate dean of students and director of the Tate Student Center. “Programs that address the individual needs of transfer students ultimately help to ensure their retention and graduation.”

A central component of the program is Transfer Tuesdays, hosted by the Tate Student Center’s Office of Student Activities and Organizations and held the first and third Tuesday of each month. The events are both social mixers and information-sharing sessions, with staff from key campus departments and units discussing their programs and services. Students will have a chance to ask questions and mingle with the staff members as well as with their fellow students.

Upcoming Transfer Tuesdays are scheduled on Feb. 17, March 3 and 17 and April 7 and 21. They are held from noon-1:30 p.m. in Room 473 of the Tate Student Center.

Students are encouraged to attend the sessions regularly, as different departments and administrators are on hand each time. Information about upcoming events will also be shared at each session.

As the Transfer Student Experience grows, new transfer students will have an opportunity to be matched up with current students through a buddy system as a way of helping them navigate campus life.

“We hope the Transfer Student Experience and Transfer Tuesdays will give our students access to the resources they need to be vibrant, engaged and well-adjusted members of the campus community,” Barham said.

More than 1,400 transfer students entered UGA in summer and fall of 2014.

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