Being a transfer student can be a tough. You’re the new kid on campus and are likely coming in from a wholly different environment—be it a Wyoming community college, a state radically different from the open plains of Laramie, or a country on the other side of the planet. It can be a culture shock no doubt, but these tips will help you integrate into the UW family.
Join campus life.
Transfer students come to the university in droves every year, and there are resources dedicated to connecting them together, such as the transfer student luncheon held in the beginning of the semester. You will receive notice about this in your UW email. Don’t think transfer students are the only students you can connect with: Join an RSO and meet students of all kinds who share your interests. RSOs recruit year-round and are always looking for new members to join their cause. Talk to the students in your classes, find a study buddy, make small talk in line for coffee, or however else you feel comfortable talking to people. Check out this blog post for tips on making the most of your experience at UW for more ideas about getting involved. Welcome to UW!
Connect with your professors.
Professors love their students. They genuinely appreciate it when students engage with them in class or during their office hours. Connecting with them as a transfer student brings an abundance of opportunities, including conducting your own research as an undergraduate or helping your professor on their existing projects, gaining assistance on your future career prospects, or even just a valuable source of guidance as you move forward with the rest of your life. Students are one of the main reasons professors teach at a university. They want to educate the upcoming generations and pass on their collective wisdom and experience. So, take them up on their offer, and you will be better from the experience.
Use your status to get financial aid.
Getting financial aid at UW is nearly identical to the process at your previous school. UW has competitive scholarships that can be found on the scholarship page, and there is a whole section dedicated to transfer students. Wyoming students who received the Hathaway can continue to use it at UW. The UW Alumni Association also has a variety of aid set aside if you are a legacy (child of a UW graduate) from the university or one of your family is a member of the Alumni Association. Transfer students are a large part of the university population there is aid available to help you on the path to success.
Live with other students.
Knowing where you will be resting your head at night is a major part of the transfer process and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. UW offers its student a number of housing opportunities. Transfer students can live in any of the on-campus residence halls or any of the UW affiliated apartment complexes. The perk of living at any of these locations is that you will be living with other students who will share your major or match your interests. This provides a valuable avenue to get involved on campus or simply feel like you belong in our community. You can also find housing in the Laramie community via Facebook groups, Craigslist or any other places where housing is listed. Odds are you can still find a fellow college student to live with. Wherever you decide to live, be it on campus or off, consider making your roommate another UW student, and better your experience here.
Interested in transfering to the University of Wyoming? Use our How to Transfer Guide.