University of Maryland — Goal 1 Initiative Enhanced Services for Transfer Students
Through established programming in the A. James Clark School of Engineering, the University of Maryland has seen success in onboarding transfer students by offering specialized services and support. The university will explore replicating and expanding this at other colleges and schools on campus.
In Fall 2020, nearly 40% of new students at UMD were transfer students, often from community colleges across the state. To support students in their transition to UMD, the university is exploring the potential to recreate the efforts in the Clark School for transfer students in other schools and colleges on campus.
Enhanced support for transfer students speaks to UMD's broader mission to provide affordability and accessibility for all undergraduates.
Key Interventions and Milestones
The University of Maryland will launch a small task force to establish guiding principles for the replication and expansion of these services at different schools and colleges on campus. Beyond increasing graduation rates for transfer students, the university aims to boost the sense of belonging to a wider UMD community among this student group.
By developing plans to facilitate a smooth transition from community college to the University of Maryland, the university hopes to reduce time-to-graduation for transfer students.