This fall, UNT launched an expanded transfer outreach program in an effort to simplify the transfer process for thousands of community college students in the North Texas region.
The expanded program includes 11 transfer advisors who will serve at area community college campuses. In addition to general admissions counseling, the expanded advising team also will offer specialized academic advising for the first time.
UNT leads Texas and ranks fourth in the nation in the number of transfer students admitted annually, and the Office of Admissions hopes that the focus on personalized service will further assist students in their efforts to complete a university degree.
"Transfer students often arrive at their new institution only to realize that they took classes that will not count toward their selected major -- an experience that can be both costly and frustrating," says Keith Fernander, assistant director of admissions. "Having transfer advisors in place who have been trained by the various colleges and schools should reduce that frustration and help transfer students advance toward their degrees more efficiently."
Advisors will have expertise in one of four designated areas:
Community College campuses advisors will serve at include the following:
- Dallas County Community College District
- Tarrant County College
- Collin College
- North Central Texas College
- Weatherford College
- Navarro College
- Grayson College
- Hill College
Advisor Shannon Smith, who transferred to a four-year college from a community college herself, says that she is excited to help students navigate the transfer process.
"Transferring was very overwhelming; I got mixed messages from all the different offices," Smith says. "That's why it's great that we are providing these students with all the information that they need in one place."
Rebecca Lothringer, director of admissions, says that the expanded transfer advising program is another example of UNT's commitment to transfer success.
"It's not the norm for university admissions staff to provide academic degree plan advising, but we felt it would be of great benefit to students to work face-to-face with our advisors," Lothringer says. "UNT has a history of welcoming transfer students and providing a personal contact to help students plan their academic careers."
Alyssa Yancey with UNT News Service can be reached at Alyssa.Yancey@unt.edu.