SHSU Celebrates Transfer Students
Oct. 22, 2021
SHSU Media Contact: Hannah Crandall
As a transfer-friendly campus, Sam Houston State University recognizes the importance of creating a community for all students. For National Transfer Student Week (Oct. 18-22), SHSU hosted a resource fair, transfer mixer, and breakfast to celebrate its transfer population.
“I have noticed how many opportunities there are to meet people, learn and just feel connected and at home here,” said Abigail Langlais, junior theatre major. “There is always something going on to make the transfer process easier, and I love that.”
The university’s unofficial fall 2021 student census indicated growth in first-time transfer students (up 3.11 percent). Specializing in the recruitment of transfer students, the SHSU Enrollment Success team assists with degree discovery and transfer course steps to help students understand which credits apply to specific degrees, and what courses are needed to achieve their goals.
One program on campus, Evolve, helps transfer students form long-lasting relationships and offers a safe space within the university. The program provides support to female undergraduate students, particularly transfer students.
“We want female transfer students to value their undergraduate experience and finish at SHSU,” said Tiffany Driver, SH ELITE and Evolve assistant director. “Participants develop a sense of community and receive specialized academic support services.”
The program is comprised of four components to provide holistic educational experiences and opportunities for female students including: intentional relationships, service engagement, university experiences, and academic enrichment.
Evolve participants attend small group meetings, are mentored by faculty or staff for four weeks, are invited to the exclusive ‘Evolution Speaker series,’ attend leadership/professional development and department/organization information sessions, participate in monthly social events, and are included in a group message platform to offer constant support.
“When you transfer as an upperclassman, it can be difficult to find people who aren’t in the same major as you; and it’s important to have widespread connections,” Langlais said. “Evolve has helped ensure I have a diverse community of people who I can depend on.”
For more information about transferring to SHSU, visit shsu.edu/admissions/transfer.
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