The following article was written for the Winter 2012 ED118 Class.

As with any other incoming students, transfer students face many obstacles. However, their obstacles are unique. For all intensive purposes transfer students are comparable to freshman students with their knowledge of the campus and how things are run. Unfortunately, because they are entering as 3rd year students, they often feel behind. Adjusting quickly is essential to success.

Considering that transfer students are usually coming from community colleges, which have smaller class sizes. They are used to having more contact with their professors. Classes at UCSB are significantly larger and transfer students only have two years to develop relationships with their professors in order to get recommendations. Transfers should taken advantage of the resources here at UCSB and be proactive from the start of their UC experience by visiting professors in their office hours as much as possible.

Time is valuable for every transfer student. Every moment counts. UCSB is filled with many exciting opportunities. Being aware of the options and services that are available will make for a more enriching undergraduate experience. Internship workshops, on-campus jobs, studying abroad, the recreation center and its leisure review classes are just the beginning. More opportunities for campus involvement, including clubs and Greek life, are available through the Office of Student Life (OSL). Their website ( is full of information regarding activities on campus.

Similarly, transfer students might be surprised to find that many of the classes that they need to take are impacted and full by the time they go to register. They should not see this as a substantial setback, but rather an opportunity. Every department has its own waiting list procedure. Some use the formal waitlist system offered by UCSB, while others require you to directly contact

Another significant obstacle that most transfer students face is adjusting to the quarter system. While many transfer students have already established their own study habits and best practices prior to their first quarter, they will have to adapt to adjust to the rigorous nature of the quarter system. Staying on top of coursework by visiting professors and keeping up with reading is absolutely essential for academic success.
Available at CLAS, are blank calendars of the whole quarter. This calendar is a great resource for anyone, but especially for transfers students going into their first quarter. Students can fill in the calendar with anything from midterms and due dates of papers, to social events and trips. It is a really helpful way to organize and keep track of what needs to be done and when.

Transfer students should look into the services that the counseling office provides. If a student finds that they are having a difficult time with anything from transitioning to the quarter system, UCSB lifestyle, or other personal matters, they can turn to counselors or group therapy. Counseling services also offers an alpha wave egg chair and massage chairs. These relaxation tools are often under utilized.

Another office to make the most of is the Education Opportunity Program (EOP). They have general counselors to help with the adjustment and will even contact specialty advisors if they are unable to help. They are considered a “one stop shop” because they act as a hub by partnering with key departments in order to provide a wide array of services including, a mentorship program, assisting with the transition and career goals, providing informational workshops. They also offer programs for students to make connections and gain support. Their website ( is an excellent resource to take advantage of.
While there are numerous resources available for transfer students at UCSB, this article is just the beginning of getting connected and transitioning. Transfer students should take advantage of social media (such as Facebook) and get connected to each other. Creating a group of cohorts who will support and counsel is the best way to succeed in this new phase of life.

In addition to seeing what all of these organizations here at UCSB have to offer, one might even become interested in becoming a Peer counselor, Peer advisor, or Peer mentor. these are paying jobs, and can become a great experience to add to one's resume! The Peer programs provide students with extensive training and guidance about what they need to to accomplish through the year as a Peer. It serves as an "internship" of sorts, and will make one competitive academically for any position that they wish to apply for in the future!