Transfers make an impact

Transfers make an impact

By Branden Hopper

While heading to university directly from high school might be the traditional path to a college degree, attending a community college first is becoming more common. Many students decide to complete two years at a community college before transferring to a four-year university. Although the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is a basic guideline, many impacted campuses have additional transfer requirements.

The process has its benefits, chief among them the cost, but it can also be a difficult one. Most universities have different requirements for transfer students. In addition to beginning the second half of your college career on a new campus, students often face challenges with credits.

According to a study by the National Center for Education Statistics, transferring students lost an average of thirteen credits. This year, CI was voted the fourth best school for transfer students by Money magazine. One of the reasons transfer students have such a high success rate at CI is the Transfers Making Impact (TMI) club.

TMI was founded in 2016 by transfer students who wanted to provide a community for transfer students outside of their transfer orientation. Providing social gatherings for transfer students has become a hallmark of what TMI does.

As a transfer you’re on and off campus, so your social circle is small,” said Mia Lopez, president of TMI in 2018. “So, joining this club helped me meet other students.”

Having spent the first two years of their collegiate careers on another campus, transfer students often find it more difficult to make friends and integrate into campus life. TMI strives to host informative meetings as well as social meetings so that transfer students can succeed and be a part of a campus community. The club has parented with commuter services and held events like slice of pie where they provided pie after the Thanksgiving holiday.

If you’re looking for a larger social circle, academic support or just want more information about TMI find them on CISync.

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