The Transfer Semester Experience

Entering a new institution, regardless of how much college experience you have, can often be a challenge. Academic expectations, traditions, cultural norms, resources, and opportunities are vastly different from one college to the next. The Transfer Semester Experience will support you as you navigate these first critical months at UMW. Its purpose is to engage and involve you with the life of the University, connect you to opportunities and resources, forge community between you and others who are navigating this shared transfer experience together, and support you in a highly individualized and focused way as you endeavor to be successful.

This program is designed to help you adapt to UMW’s academic expectations. Participating in this experience will involve (1) a seminar of programs, workshops, and speakers designed to enhance engagement and involvement with the University’s efforts to support student success, (2) networking lunches, and (3) personalized and focused academic advising involving professional and faculty advisors.  

It is required that all transfer students participate in at least three sessions of the program so that you can make the most of your first semester experience at UMW.

The spring semester will kick off on Monday, January 23 with a panel discussion of student services. We will continue to hold events Mondays and Tuesdays at 4:00pm during the first part of the spring semester. Please reference the schedule below for specifics.

For questions or more information, please contact:


Charles Tate
Academic Advisor & Transfer Student Coordinator
(540) 654-1675

Schedule of Events


Monday, January 23, 4:00pm – Student Support Services Panel
Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Thursday, January 26, 4:00pm – Career Readiness
Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Monday, January 30, 4:00pm – Transfer Club
Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Thursday, February 2, 12:00pm – Networking Lunch
University Center 4th Floor
(Space is limited, please contact Charles Tate at by January 27th)

Monday, February 6, 4:00pm – 30 Day Challenge
Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Thursday, February 9, 4:00pm – Completing on Time
Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center