The Transfer Route

University of North Carolina at Greensboro finds transfer students may be key to meeting enrollment goals this year.

May 18, 2020
 
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University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Many colleges this year are finding that freshmen are hard to count on. Some would-be students are hesitant to commit, and others may be unlikely to enroll far from home.

Perhaps it's time to look at the transfer population. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro last year had 744 transfer students registered by now for orientation, which takes place in the summer. This year -- even with orientation online only -- it has 792 students registered. (The numbers for freshmen are down slightly, but the university extended the date to respond to offers of admission to June 1.)

Kacy McAdoo, senior associate director of undergraduate admissions, said the key to Greensboro's success has been strong relationships with community colleges that are close to the university, such as Guilford Technical Community College, Forsyth Technical Community College and Alamance Community College. She said UNCG is well-known to the students there and at other community colleges in the area.

"You have to have been focused on being transfer-friendly" before the COVID-19 pandemic, she said.

Kim Sousa-Peoples, senior director for new student transitions and first-year experience at UNCG, said the orientation for transfer students and their families features a welcome from the chancellor and then a series of short sessions on practical issues: how to pay bills, how to get involved on campus and how to pick courses. There will be large group sessions and small group sessions.

"You've got to keep them interested," Sousa-Peoples said.

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