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transfer student week

October 19 - 23

National Transfer Student Week

What is Transfer Student Week?

Transfer Student Week celebrates all that transfer students bring to our campus.  Throughout the week we will be sharing facts and stories about the Transfer Student Experience.

National Transfer Student Week takes place in the third week of October each year.  This year, National Transfer Student Week is October 19 - 23, 2020.


Transfer Student Week Events

Tuesday, October 20

Coffee Chat  |  8:30 - 10 a.m.  |

Wednesday, October 21

At Home in MN Chat & Chew  |  12:30 - 2 p.m.
For out-of-state Transfer students only. See your email for the Zoom information.

Thursday, October 22

Six-Week Check-In: Support to Help You Finish Strong  |  5 - 6 p.m.  |
Drop by anytime during this hour to connect with staff who are ready to guide you to a successful 2nd half of the semester.

Friday, October 23

Transfer Student Network: Inter-Campus Transfer Social  |  5 - 6:30 p.m.  |
This event is for Intra-Campus transfer students: Transferred from one college to another on the Twin Cities campus



National Transfer Week Zoom Backgrounds

Information about UMN Transfer Students


Transfer Stories

Are you a current or former transfer student?  We invite you to share your transfer student story.  Tell us about your experiences as a transfer student and how that has shaped your education and journey.  We invite stories from current undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty, and staff members who are transfer students.

Stories will be shared on social media and this website.  

Share Your Story

Carrie Ogram

Current Undergraduate Student

I went to college because I felt I had to. I knew that I wanted to go eventually, but I wasn't quite ready to go yet when I did. As a freshman, I was withdrawn and anxious. Eventually, I was able to convince myself everything was fine. I convinced myself I was happy. I became an orientation leader at my university and met some really cool people. However, I still wasn't happy. During my sophomore year, I went through some major life changes and realized I couldn't keep pretending. I decided it was time to leave my current university. When I first looked at colleges, I didn't think I was good enough to get into the U of M. I decided when I wanted to transfer it was worth a try. I got in with the expectation that I would pass my calculus class and now here I am! I am so much happier and have some amazing friends! Transferring to the U was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but it was definitely the most worthwhile.

Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Carter

Faculty Member

I transferred to the University of Minnesota after I completed my enlistment in the Air Force. I was a few years older than my peers, but was excited to be on a real college campus after a few years of night school. As a military veteran, coming to a college campus can feel like a different world, but I was more than welcomed on campus and enjoyed getting to interact with a broad swath of people.

Sarah Ihrig

Staff Member

I transferred to the U of M as a first-generation college student from the community college in Rochester, MN where I am from. I remember feeling so excited and overwhelmed by the size of the campus and all the U of M had to offer. I was lucky to connect with faculty who supported me and provided me the opportunity to do research aboard with an international UROP grant. I have since earned my graduate degree from the U as well and have spent the last twenty years working on campus supporting transfer students like myself.

Cynthia Yang

Current Undergraduate Student

The story of my transfer to the UMN started in high school. Right after college, I knew that I wanted to go to the UMN. However, catastrophe struck when I didn't get accepted. I was very upset, but the emotion didn't last long because at the time, I was doing PSEO or taking college classes while in high school. I just thought why not make this work for me and finish my AA, since I'm already so close to finishing and it's much easier to transfer credits like that. And that's what I did. I finish my AA and transferred to the UMN.

Becky Mohn

Alumna and Current Staff

Transferring to the U was equal parts scary and amazing. I transferred for the spring of my freshman year, so it felt like everyone had already made friends and had their 'thing'. I also had to adjust to the competitive environment and huge student population at the U - I had never applied to volunteer for something, let alone be rejected for not having enough experience! I knew the U was the place for me, but there were definitely moments where I wondered if I had made the right choice.

I eventually got involved with Greek Life, became a Welcome Week Leader, and ran for student government as a sophomore. Getting connected at the U took a lot of work, but it was definitely worth it! The students at the U are absolutely passionate about what they do. It was catching, and was a huge driver for me and the goals I set for myself. Being in Minneapolis and St. Paul is

By graduation, I had achieved more than I ever thought I could. I was vice chair and (briefly!) chair of the University of Minnesota Student Senate, a vice president in my sorority, and Orientation Leader. Without a doubt, transferring to the U was the best decision I made. I am so grateful for my education from CLA and am still close friends with the people I met. My experience led me to my career in student affairs and volunteer work with Minnesota Greek Alumni Council. I am so lucky to work to support and advocate for students every day.

Having my own story of preserving a difficult transition helps me relate better to new students. I KNOW how tough it can be to be The New Kid at the U.

Katrina Paulson

Current Undergraduate Student

I transferred to the University of Minnesota from St. Catherine University in the spring of my Freshmen year in 2019. Originally I was an ASL/Special Education major in CEHD hoping to work with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing kids. Being as transferred as a freshman, I was lucky enough to be able to live in Bailey dorm on the St. Paul campus for my first semester. This helped me to make many of my friends and reignited my passion for agriculture. I grew up on a farm in rural SE Minnesota so agriculture has always been a part of my life. Now I am an Agricultural Communication and Marketing major in CFANS. I am heavily involved in some agriculture-related student organizations and am the current Vice President of Tau Sigma, the University's chapter of the National Honor Society for transfer students.

Jaclyn Tano


I transferred from Inver Hills Community College to the U of M and was so nervous to join a school with a larger campus, buy everyone was so helpful and nice! They showed me how to navigate a 4 year school and it was an unforgettable experience! I then graduated 2 years later with my bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Creative Writing! Thanks to the love and support of the University of Minnesota, my transfer experience was stress-free!

Madeleine Burch

Current Undergraduate Student

I transferred to the University of Minnesota because I wanted to be a part of their chemical engineering program. I love the culture on campus and within the Twin Cities and immediately felt at home when I toured. The University of Minnesota offers tons of extracurricular activities and countless opportunities to get involved. I meet wonderful people through my classes and student organizations. Every day I am proud to be a Gopher and thankful for my education here at the University of Minnesota!


Kelly Vlasak

Current Undergraduate Student

I transferred to the University of Minnesota in the spring term of 2020 from the University of Oregon. It was the best choice of my life! The biggest factor that played into my choice to transfer was a lack of ease regarding communication with the university I had transferred from. I found that contacting any department whether that be finical or even parking it was a struggle and here at the U of M I have never once had that problem. I’m so glad that I decided to transfer to the U! Minnesota is my home and I missed it so much while I was away and I’m so glad to be back.

Maryam Zahedi

Current Undergraduate Student

I immigrated around 6 years ago from Iran. I started my undergraduate from Saint Paul Community College, while I was in a financial hardship I completed my A.S in Chemistry. Before I started my first semester in College of Biological Sciences, at the University of Minnesota, I honored to receive the Darby and Gery Nelson Itasca scholarship, and take a course in the Itasca Biological center. After that I got accepted into the 4+1 Environmental Public health MPH, and this is the last semester of my undergraduate. I am happy that even with the financial hardship I went through this process, and I will be done by the end of next Fall semester. Also, my long-term goal is to become a Medical Doctor!

Trevor Bastion

Current Undergraduate Student

In 2011, I began studying at a small private college in my hometown. However, I realized I wanted to serve my country and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Eight years later, I got accepted to attend college while on active duty, and am very happy to be studying again at the University of Minnesota as a transfer student in the College of Liberal Arts. Go Gophers!

Liv Bunde

Current Undergraduate Student

I transferred from Saint Paul college and I will be graduating in December. My Major is Environmental Science, Policy and Management with a minor in Soil Science. The University of Minnesota introduced me to many friends and professors that were kinds and helpful. Their enthusiasm made me love my major and feel solid in my choice of study and school.

Sofia Goetz

Current Undergraduate Student

I transferred to the University of Minnesota after my freshman year at Bethel University. As a political science major, I strongly wanted to be apart of a campus community with an extensive political science program and faculty. In my free time, I enjoy going on hikes up North in Duluth, as well as contributing to the U of MN's CLA School Board where I am apart of the freshman and transfer committee!

Thoon Phyo Win Than

Current Undergraduate Student

I completed AA and transferred from a community college in Washington. I am an International Student from Myanmar. I am not certain whether you have heard the name of my country. If you don't, it's okay. Some people don't recognize it either. My transfer story is so complicated. On February, 2020, my friend and I applied to UMN and he was admitted 14 days after submitting the application. It took me three months to get acceptance letter from the school due to my incomplete application. I am inept in documents and didn't know what had taken me so long, also had no clue what caused it incomplete. So, I went to my counselor at my college and asked for assistance. After getting acceptance from UMN, I still was undecided between a few schools to transfer. I recklessly requested the I-20 Transfer to another different school, anyhow, I was so unsatisfied for not choosing UMN. Then, right before the fall semester began, I changed my decision at the end of August and asked for my I-20 Transfer Form to UMN again. Now I am here and looking forward what life in UMN has to bring me.


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