For too long, the University has institutionally excluded transfer students and left important transfer programming to be coordinated and funded by students. In particular, Interfaith Center and Hindu Praying Space are presented with a host of additional issues related to housing and course registration, and community college and veteran transfers do not receive the adequate social capital necessary to succeed on the Hilltop. More broadly, transfer students adjusting to life at Georgetown often face barriers to club acceptance and programming for transfer students is too often limited to interaction with other transfer students.
Admitting Transfer Students:
- Seek clarity around the timing and admissions process for transfer students admitted at the end of the summer.
- Work with the admissions office to put in a good faith effort to notify transfers of their acceptance earlier, and ensure that fall semester acceptance letters are sent before August and NSO.
Welcoming Transfer Students:
- More effectively utilize Transfer Orientation as an opportunity to clarify information on campus resources and common campus acronyms, including running a distinct workshop for transfer students on how to navigate MyAccess, Blackboard, and the class registration and campus printing systems.
- Coordinate with NSO leadership to plan orientation programming for transfer students accepted in both the fall and spring semesters.
- Work with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to secure institutionalized funding and support for Admitted Transfer Student Day.
- Ensure that transfer mentors are returning students, or partner incoming transfers with both a returning student and a transfer student.
- Work with The Corp to institute a two week program early in the fall and spring semesters where students can take a transfer student out to coffee for free.
Supporting Transfer Students:
- Work with the Office of Residential Living to secure a wider variety of housing options for transfer students, with a focus on transitioning out of VCE and LXR.
- Advocate for UIS and the Office of Residential Living to implement a transfer student section on CHARMS.
- Support transfer students in joining student organizations by:
- Offering free Transfer Council application review for transfer students applying to application-based student organizations.
- Engaging the new Greek Council in establishing inclusive transfer admissions policies for Greek organizations.
- Directly engaging with the leadership of large student groups to offer guidelines on transfer inclusivity as part of a larger club inclusivity effort.
- Work with the Veterans Office, the Academic Resource Center, and deans from the four schools to specifically provide veteran and community college transfers with:
- Academic guidance in registering for an appropriate course load.
- General academic support by connecting these transfers to helpful academic resources such as tutoring.
- Focus new Transfer Council programming on connecting transfer students with returning students and highlighting transfer students to the larger Georgetown community.
Transfer students deserve equal opportunity and access to resources, activities and experiences on campus. The Transfer Council has done great work addressing these barriers by engaging transfer students in an inclusive way and should continue to be supported by the GUSA Executive, but GUSA should also assist the Transfer Council in envisioning new types of programming, forging partnerships with campus institutions and organizations, and advocating for more effective and accessible University resources for transfer students.