Transfer Advising


First Meeting with a Transfer Student

Advising transfer students can present unique challenges. Students may be either ahead or behind in course sequences. Many transfer students may also need help adapting to the wireless computing environment. In addition, transfer students must adjust to a new college situation. It is good to keep the following issues in mind when you meet with a transfer advisee.

Transfer Shock

Transfer shock is a term created to describe the period of adjustment that transfer students experience. All incoming students, whether new or transfers, need to adjust by forming new friendships and learning the ropes at DSU. Unlike incoming freshmen, who may not know what to expect in college, transfer students come with certain expectations. It can be difficult for some transfer students to adjust because they tend to judge DSU with their previous college experience. Warning signs of severe transfer shock include decreasing grades, lack of involvement, and poor class attendance. To alleviate transfer shock, encourage your advisee to do the following:

Get Involved

The best way for students to feel part of the DSU community is to get involved. This not only allows students to meet new friends, but it also helps them learn more about DSU and what it can offer. Ask if students have joined groups. If not, make suggestions that match their interests.

Get to Know DSU Encourage students to walk around campus, walk through buildings, or to surf the web site. DSU might have services and activities that their prior institution did not offer. Once the unknown becomes familiar, students will feel more at ease.

Tame the Technology

Most transfer students will not have experienced the level of technology that DSU requires in courses. Ask your advisees questions to ascertain their comfort level. Do they understand how to use WebMail? Desire2Learn? WebAdvisor? Do they know where to go if their Tablets break down?

Ask Questions

Emphasize that there is nothing wrong with asking questions, and make sure that your advisees understand that you will help find the answers to their questions.

Course Placement Report and Check sheets

  • Review the course placement report so that both you and your advisee understand what their placement scores were and what classes need to be completed based on those scores.
  • Help students create an educational plan by using the available tools. If your college has check sheets available for specific majors, provide one to the student and discuss the course requirements and recommended sequencing. If your college does not use check sheets, perform a Program Evaluation using WebAdvisor and then help students determine credits that will or will not transfer for specific majors.
  • Be aware of time constraints affecting advisees.
    • All courses that are prerequisites to general education courses (English 033, LART 110, Math 021 and Math 101) must be successfully completed within 30 credit hours.
    • All general education courses (Math 102 or higher and English 101) must be completed within the first 48 credit hours.
    • Transfer students with 42 or more credit hours who are still in need of pre-general education courses, must enroll in the pre-general education courses during their first term.
    • Transfer students must meet the proficiency examination requirements. FAQ on Proficiency
  • If there is any question about whether a course has transferred, call the Enrollment Services office (256-5139).
Last Updated: 7/31/12