This fall, UCF launched its Transfer Connect program, which provides comprehensive support, engagement and resources to prospective and enrolled transfer students, both in-person and virtually.

Transfer students will also have access to UCF Connect’s new Transfer Center, which opened its doors on August 23 in a temporary location at Ferrell Commons in suite 132 on main campus. The Transfer Center will be the academic home for transfer students to get assistance, meet with their Success Coaches, interact with fellow transfer students to collaborate, develop a sense of community, and attend information sessions. The permanent location in Trevor Colbourn Hall in suite 215 will open in the spring. Students can email [email protected] to learn more about the program.

The Division of Student Learning and Academic Success (SLAS) also launched a new Transfer Connect website, which serves as a one-stop transfer resource to enhance the student experience, improve academic success, and reduce “transfer shock.” Transfer Connect provides access to valuable information to transfer students throughout their collegiate career — from the time they express interest in attending UCF to graduation.

“The Transfer Connect website will inform, engage, and support students as they pursue their academic and personal aspirations,” says Pam Cavanaugh, associate vice provost for UCF Connect.

Once students register for Transfer Connect, they will be paired with a personal Success Coach who will support and motivate them throughout their transfer journey. Success Coaches work with students to provide customized enrollment assistance, strategies to graduate faster, tips for a seamless transition, ways to become involved in student life and guidance regarding career choices.

In addition to their coach, students gain access to detailed checklists which will guide them through the application process, course registration, major prerequisites and requirements, information about campus life and services, and career exploration.

“We understand how important it is for students, especially those transferring from other educational institutions or those who may have taken a break from their studies, to have a support system with a dedicated and knowledgeable person who is consistently available,” says Pam Cavanaugh, associate vice provost for UCF Connect. “Our amazing Success Coaches not only improve graduation and retention rates while reducing transfer shock, but they also remain a constant presence providing motivation and guidance as these students pursue their academic, career and personal goals.”

UCF has the largest number of transfer students among all of Florida’s public universities and has been recognized as a leader in transfer student success with DirectConnect to UCF; which guarantees admission to UCF for students with an associate degree or articulated degree from one of six partner state colleges.

In July, UCF’s success was recognized by the Helios Education Foundation with a $1.25 million grant to expand transfer student success over the next four years as part of the university’s role in the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities with FIU and USF.