Mid-year transfers face distinct issues, said Rachael Capua, assistant director of the sophomore and junior year experience. This semester, 120 students transferred to TCU.
“I have spoken with many spring transfer students, and it’s hard coming in as a transfer student, let alone mid-year,” Capua said.
Capua said it can be difficult for transfers to find classes that aren’t filled. It can also be a struggle to get involved with campus organizations, she said.
To ease the transition this spring, TCU offered a spring semester orientation complete with a Frog Camp.
“We had Frog Camp in spring, which was the first time we had done it in a few years,” Capua said. “It’s called Frog Camp Tundra, and we had transfer student-specific small groups.”
At the camp, students met TCU staff members and other transfer students.
The Transfer Center matched students with three transfer guides. These guides help transfer students ease into the TCU community. There is also a group of transfer volunteers help with the transition process.
Applications to be a transfer guide and volunteer are available now and close on Feb. 21.
In addition to the guide program, students are encouraged to spend time in the Transfer Center area of the Student Development Services office.
But there is also another space for the students to call their own. The “connections space” in the GrandMarc apartments is specifically for transfer students. Capua said the effort was launched in the fall and is now in its second semester.
GrandMarc provides coffee for transfer students and their friends, who are only allowed in with a transfer student.
The transfer center is focusing on nontraditional students and veterans. Nontraditional students can range from those who have spouses, a full-time job or children.
“How [we] support those students is something we’re really looking at heavily,” Capua said.
Capua, who spearheaded the Transfer Center, said her experience as a transfer student to TCU gives her an inside perspective on helping students.
“It’s been such a great opportunity to see both sides,” Capua said.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled Rachael Capua’s name. The story has been updated to reflect the change.