The Transfer Process and Your Transfer Advisor
Transfer orientation. Transfer students who are accepted to Alma College will receive information concerning the transfer orientation process. Transfer Orientation generally occurs just prior to the start of the term in which you first enroll. There may also be a transfer transition program that extends into your first term, in order to help with your transition into Alma College community.
Advisor assignment. You will be assigned an academic advisor who will help you determine the best path toward graduation. Usually this advisor is in your academic area, but it is possible you will be assigned to an advisor with expertise in transfer matters. In that case, you will also consult with additional personnel in your field of study area. Once you are well established at Alma, you may even change advisors, which is an easy process.
Advising process. Your advisor will utilize your “Transfer Evaluation Form” to help you plan your class schedule, and to achieve your educational goals. Transfers get preferential treatment their first term, and often are able to enroll in many classes that are already closed, which helps insure that your first term at Alma goes as smoothly as possible. You may be contacted by your advisor in advance of the term so please take every opportunity to discuss your situation, and plan to stay in close contact during the term.
Info on the Website. Please browse the advising website to familiarize yourself with the resources we have provided. There’s lots of helpful info for students at any level, including selecting a major, Alma Spring term, our honors programs and even an academic success manual. You may want to read the information for first year students on the advising system; there are sure to be some differences from the procedures used at your previous institution.
Connecting to Alma. Transfer students often report that one of their biggest concerns is meeting people and becoming integrated into this new community. Please make sure to read “Connect to the Alma College Community” on this site for hints on how to accomplish this.
You are unique. Your specific situation will be unique in a number of ways, but there are many people on campus who are ready to help you solve whatever problems might arise. We hope that you make the personal connections with faculty, staff and peers that are the hallmark of the Alma Experience.