OCTOBER 17, 2022 — UTSA is joining institutions from across the country in celebrating its transfer students during National Transfer Student Week from October 17 to 21.
Transfer students make up approximately 40% of the undergraduate student population at UTSA. Of the 11,609 transfer students who are currently enrolled at UTSA, 48% are first-generation college students and 72% are from underrepresented minority groups.
“UTSA is committed to supporting and celebrating the success of our transfer students throughout their academic journey,” said Tammy Wyatt, vice provost for student success. “By participating in this national celebration week, we hope to build awareness of transfer students’ unique needs and highlight their struggles and successes to instill transfer pride across the institution.”
Several units within the division of Academic Affairs collaborate to offer comprehensive support to transfer students before and during their time at UTSA, including specialized advising, mentoring, academic support and programming to help them develop a sense of belonging and aid their success toward graduation. Currently, 82% of transfer students reenroll at UTSA in their second year and their median time to degree is 2.71 years.
To celebrate the week, the Transfer and Transition Student Success Services office, the First-Generation and Transfer Student Programs team, and the Community Outreach & Transfer Recruitment Undergraduate Admissions office are hosting a series of events geared toward transfer students.
A few highlights include:
Olivo, a lecturer in the UTSA Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, transferred to UTSA from St. Philip’s College in Fall 2011. She got involved at UTSA right away, becoming a member of the Honors College and the McNair Scholars program. She graduated with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and women’s studies and stayed at UTSA to pursue two master’s degrees. In May, she earned a Ph.D. in Education from The Ohio State University.
Olivo’s success story is an inspiration to other students. The Roadrunner community will have a chance to meet her, learn about her experience and hear her words of wisdom in an informal setting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 in the Student Union Willow Room (SU 2.02.12).
"I'm proud to be from a community like UTSA and Alamo Community Colleges that supports transfer students like me,” said Olivo. “Without that transfer support, I may not have become the Dr. Olivo I am today. I hope to give back to my community and inspire other transfer students to always follow their aspirations despite the hardships they may face."
UTSA’s celebration of National Transfer Student Week will culminate in a special experience at the Roadrunner Football game against the University of North Texas at the Alamodome on Saturday, October 22. Transfer students will have a designated tailgating lot, sit together in section 120 and enjoy a pre-game experience on the field.
All of the week’s events can be found on the Transfer and Transition Student Success Services' RowdyLink event page.
Come celebrate the doctoral students graduating this commencement season.H-E-B Student Union Ballrooms, UTSA Main Campus
Celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates of the College for Health, Community and Policy, College of Liberal and Fine Arts and College of Sciences.Alamodome, 100 Montana St, San Antonio, TX 78203
Celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates of the Carlos Alvarez College of Business, College of Education and Human Development, Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design and University College.Alamodome, 100 Montana St, San Antonio, TX 78203
First Friday Stargazing gives anyone free access to the night sky using university telescopes and teaching equipment. Weather permitting, experienced astronomers will provide a handful of telescopes of varying designs, give training on how each operates, and point to various astronomical objects that may appear in the sky for that given time of the year. If you have a telescope and do not know how to operate it, feel free to bring it and get instructions on its use.4th Floor of Flawn Science Building, Main Campus
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