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A Week Dedicated to Transfer Students


Director of Community College Outreach and Transfer Student Success Kelly Krebs and his colleague Academic Success Skills Transfer Specialist Cathy Carter led Hamline University’s participation in the upcoming National Student Transfer Week, which begins Monday, October 21.

“We believed it was important to increase the visibility of transfer students and to educate the campus about who these students are,” said Krebs. “We hope to make this an annual event.”

Transfer students are an important part of the university community, comprising nearly 20% of the undergraduate student enrollment.

In addition to observing National Transfer Student Week, Hamline has developed programs and resources dedicated to the success of transfer students.

The university created the Transfer Student Services Committee, which is made up of representatives from across campus who collaborate to implement programming for transfer students.

For example, Assistant Director of New Student Programs Becky Kaarbo coordinates special events to help transfer students adjust to life as a Piper. These include the “HU Transfers Get Set!” workshops to help incoming transfer students navigate the school and Access Hamline, an extended orientation programming that helps new transfer students successfully transition to the Hamline community.

Once students are enrolled, they can use the Transfer Student Success website which is populated with transfer-specific services and opportunities.

For those who interact with students in the classroom, the university has created faculty advisor training that focuses on the unique needs of transfer students.

On a daily basis, in the lower level of Bush Library, Krebs and Carter provide specialized academic support services for transfer students.

Malenie Ven, a senior who transferred in the fall of 2018 from Normandale Community College has found their assistance useful, particularly in relation to credit requirements.

“I've been to Cathy Carter quite a few times to have her look over credits and help me understand where I am in the program,” said Ven. “She's so helpful and amazing at her job.”

Krebs noted that Hamline is unique among its peers in programming for National Transfer Student Week.

“I think National Transfer Student Week launched in 2017, so it's relatively new and I would say we were one of the early adopters, especially for a smaller, private institution,” said Krebs. 

“I don't see that any of the other ACTC schools are doing anything for the week,” he continued.

“These students bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the classroom and enrich the learning environment for all of our students,” said Krebs. “We want the entire campus to know about their contributions.”

Members of the campus community can participate in Hamline’s Transfer Student Week in the following ways:

  • Pick up an “I HEART Transfers” sign or button.

  • Attend the panel discussion in the Center for Teaching and Learning titled “Supporting Transfer Students” on Tuesday, October 22 during convo hour. The program will feature Robin Parritz, Stacie Bosley, George Gaetano and Sharon Preves who will discuss how their departments support transfer students. Contact Kelly Krebs at kkrebs@hamline.edu to RSVP.

  • Participate in the “I Was a Transfer Student” campaign by emailing Kelly Krebs at kkrebs@hamline.edu! Be part of the “I Was a Transfer Student” social media campaign by using the hashtag #hutransfers.

All current and previous transfer students are invited to visit the Center for Academic Academic Success and Achievement in the lower level of Bush Library on Monday or Tuesday morning for donuts and coffee.

“The goal is to engage and recognize those students who became Pipers via the transfer process and to educate the campus community on the transfer student experience,” said Krebs.

“If I had to pick one word to describe the week, it would be ‘visibility’.”

For more information about transferring to Hamline, including online degree completion options, see:

Written by staff.