Enhanced Services for Transfer Students

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.

I wish for all students, no matter where they start their path in higher education to have the opportunities and support they need to successfully finish their degree at the University of Maryland. I am encouraged that plans are in development to help transfer students transition smoothly to UMD and support them through graduation.

Darryll Pines, University of Maryland

Initiative Differentiators

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.

Expected Impact

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.