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This paper summarizes a semester long research project done for an English class at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The research was conducted in response to a series of self-proposed questions developed over the course of several reflective assignments, listed as follows: 1)How do transfer students identify with their second school? What factors influence this? 2)Are transfer students being adequately supported through their transition to life at Marquette? 3 )Being a transfer student myself, was my experience transferring a fairly typical one? 4)What can be done to improve the transfer process at Marquette? My findings indicate that the motivation to transfer and social connections a student has greatly impacts the level of ease or difficulty they have adjusting to a new school, which in turn affects their identification with the campus community. The transfer orientation programs at Marquette, specifically winter orientation, would benefit from a renewed consideration for new student issues such as social engagement and campus identity. Adding more interactive socializing events for new students earlier in the orientation schedule, and providing more information on general campus life issues and procedures would not be difficult to implement into the existing schedule and would greatly improve the transfer student experience.

Publication Date

Fall 2011


A poster and paper completed for English 3210. Access to this poster and paper are available at Marquette University only.

Transfer Orientation and Acclimation: An Examination of the Transfer Student Experience