The difference a season makes in the life of a transfer student

More than 1,000 students transferred to UConn, across all the branches, in the fall, while 375 transferred to UConn in the spring. (Bailey Wright/Daily Campus)

Although there are far fewer students who transfer to the University of Connecticut in the spring opposed to the fall, students are treated the same in terms of access to services as fall transfer students. However, the social experience of orientation is very different.

This semester, there were 375 transfer students; 274 of them attend the Storrs campus, while the remaining 101 are spread across the regional campuses, Nathan Fuerst, assistant vice president and director of admissions, said.

However, that is about 40 percent less than the number of fall semester transfers.

“The difference in count is sizable, with more than 1,000 new transfer students across all of our campuses for the fall term,” Fuerst said.

The number of students transferring in this fall is pretty consistent to previous years, Fuerst said. 

In spring 2015, there were 366 transfers, nine less than spring 2016, Fuerst said.

According to Fuerst, the largest number of transfer students for the spring semester are Connecticut residents and come from community colleges in Connecticut. The remainder of transfer students come from a wide range of colleges and universities, both community colleges out of state and four year universities in-state and out-of-state.

Students who transfer mid way through the year go through a similar orientation as a new student in the fall would; however, it is only one-day long.

“Mid- year transfer (students) are offered the same privileges that an entering student would enjoy in the fall,” Fuerst said. “While the timeframe to transfer is different, the access to services- housing, financial aid, transfer credit assessments- are the same.”

Nicolas Harriau, a fourth-semester undecided major and spring 2016 transfer, said that UConn prepared him well to get adjusted to the campus.

“UConn did an alright job transferring me during the middle of the year,” Harriau said. “At orientation the first thing they said was that they were going to get us through the essentials such as picking classes, financial aid and getting our Husky Card. In that respect, they did a great job.”

However, the shortened orientation made it difficult to meet other students during the middle of the year.

“I would have liked to had a chance to meet other transfers and do the traditional activities that new students in the fall participate in, even if it meant staying for a night or two instead of being crammed into one day,” Harriau said.


Emma Krueger is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at emma.krueger@uconn.edu.