Finding the Fit: Transfer Students Feel Welcome
They May Have Started College Elsewhere, but Marist is Now Called Home
According to the Marist College Mission Statement, "Marist is dedicated to helping students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century." Through the work of the Transfer Admission Office, the college successfully fulfills its mission and provides its transfer students with a well-rounded and enriched learning experience.
"Our transfer students are very important to us," said Christopher Doyle, the director of Transfer Admission. "When you look at the students on campus, 15% of the entire undergraduate student body transferred here. We're really focused on helping those students figure out if Marist is the best fit. We really want them to be successful in this academic environment."
As director of Transfer Admission, it is Doyle's job to help prospective students understand what transferring into Marist entails. He explains every aspect of the transfer process from the requirements to how the student's credits will transfer in. Doyle also plays an active role in making sure that the students have completed their forms correctly and that they are submitted on time.
"Marist is very generous in terms of accepting another school's credits," explained Doyle. "Typically we'll take about 90% of a student's credits, as long as they have the grades and the courses fit into their particular degree program. We're also unique in that we offer transfer students the same amount of scholarship money as our freshmen. We try to be honest with the students and help them understand every aspect of transferring here."
One student who benefited from Doyle's aid was Anna Heissenbuttel '16, who transferred to Marist from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2013. Doyle acted as a liaison between Heissenbuttel and Marist by providing her with helpful insight to the college before and after she was enrolled.
"I think I spoke to Chris every day about anything," said Heissenbuttel. "Chris would always have an answer for my questions. Whether it was about housing, my classes, or my credits, he was always there for me and took the time to answer everything."
To ensure that transfer students are successfully acclimated into the Marist community, Transfer Admission encourages students to participate in several opportunities for students to become familiar with the Marist community. The Transfer Peer Mentoring Program allows transfer students to become acquainted with students who also transferred into Marist. Transfer students can also opt to enroll in the Transfer Seminar course, where students are taught how to access and utilize Marist's resources like Degree Works, Banner Self Service, and Career Services. Transfer Admission also hosts Transfer Visit Programs for prospective students to tour the campus and have one-on-one conversations about the transfer process.
"We want to make sure that transfer students will be successful here," said Doyle. "We have students at Marist that have transferred from the University of Michigan, John Hopkins University, Cornell, and other really strong schools. Often, the reason they left is that they didn't feel like they fit in. We want these students to feel welcome here and make sure that Marist is the best fit for them for the long-term."
Written by Emily Belfiore '16
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