Transfer students meet Ashlea Coulter, coordinator of the Transfer Center.
Transferring from one college or university to another can be a little intimidating. UNT is one of the top universities in the nation for transfer students and is committed to helping students make the leap.
The UNT Transfer Center is devoted to helping students transition to UNT and be successful here.
Aloye Akhagbeme, a Marketing major who transferred from Richland College, has had a rewarding experience at UNT. Involved in several student organizations, he's found that the Professional Leadership Program has made the greatest impact on his life. Through the program, he has built friendships while learning how to network with business leaders.
"I feel like it was destiny for me to be here. I've learned a lot about myself, and some of the people I have met are like family now," Akhagbeme says.
He plans to get a marketing internship by the end of this year, graduate in December, and then begin work on a master's degree.
Classes focus on real world
Jackie Bretoi, an Applied Technology and Performance Improvement major who transferred from Texas A&M University, says her UNT classes are applicable to the real world. Her professors routinely give examples of how class discussion topics can be applied to the professional world and she can meet people already working in her field because UNT is so close to Dallas and Fort Worth.
UNT eases transfer process
Bretoi says she appreciated the simplicity of UNT's transfer process and that UNT really helps transfer students get settled.
"It was easy to get my credits and everything transferred," Bretoi says.
Although she originally planned to major in Marketing, like she did at Texas A&M, she learned from her advisor during the transfer process that UNT's Applied Technology and Performance Improvement track focused on what she wanted to do and would allow her to graduate faster.
"UNT did a good job of steering me to an advisor who was able to show me various opportunities," Bretoi says.
Transfer Center offers resources
The Transfer Center was established in spring 2008. It provides services to about 4,000 transfer students who come to UNT each year.
Ashlea Coulter, coordinator of the Transfer Center, says the center helps transfer students succeed by introducing them to the campus and all of the resources available to them.
"This is a place specifically for them," Coulter says. The center's motto, "The eagle has landed," expresses how center personnel want students to succeed and feel at home at UNT.
The Transfer Center offers:
- Transfer social events
- Residence hall wings specifically for transfer students
- Transfer Ambassadors
- Transfer Talkbacks
- Tau Sigma national honor society
- Lockers for commuters
Transfer tours show campus life
While attending Transfer Orientation, Tyler Maryak, a History major, learned a lot about the student experience at UNT. He was relieved to hear about the active social atmosphere of the campus and the resources available to students. He felt like he would be part of a small community and would have a support system.
"The tour was a blast, and the tour guide was a lot of fun. That experience helped me make my decision." Maryak says. "Things like the Media Library that UNT has for students put it a step above other colleges."
Maryak transferred to UNT from Marion Military Institute in Alabama.
Eagle ambassador shares insights
Raychel Taylor, a percussionist and Music Performance major who transferred from California State University Sacramento, says her experience as a UNT Eagle Ambassador has helped her and given her the opportunity to assist other students. Eagle Ambassadors are UNT students who recruit and give tours to prospective students. Transfer Friday tours are special tours for transfer students given by transfer students.
"I love giving tours because I enjoy talking about the community aspect of UNT, like what new students will find living in residence halls," Taylor says.
Taylor describes how living on campus is a great way to build close relationships. When she first transferred to UNT, she lived in Bruce Hall where many other music majors live, and she loved being part of that community.
Transfer ambassadors welcome students
As a UNT Transfer Ambassador, Yousuf Al Khan, an Economics major who transferred to UNT from Southern Methodist University, helps transfer students become familiar with the university He works as part of the Transfer Center's Destination Denton program by taking transfer students who have already been admitted to the university around the city of Denton. At the beginning of each semester, he and other Transfer Ambassadors ride the local bus with transfer students to show them some of the main hot spots around Denton, like the Denton County Courthouse square, restaurants, grocery stores and shopping centers. UNT's shuttle system provides a free, convenient way for students to get around campus
Al Khan says Transfer Ambassadors try to ease concerns about transferring to UNT, such as fitting in, making friends and adapting to a new institution. He assures them that UNT is not intimidating, and that it's easy to get involved in the university's organizations and programs.
He attends Transfer Orientations to help answer questions about the university. Recently he helped an older transfer student who was afraid he would not be able to adapt to the college life. The student has now taken on a leadership role in a campus organization. "UNT has a great campus life," Al Khan says. "It's easy to fit in while you prepare for your chosen career."