Transfer Student Services

Upon your admission, you can start learning more about WMU! Check out the online resource “Transfer and Graduate Student Orientation Modules.” This tool is a series of eight online modules that cover important topics like University structure, WMU ID, academic advising, parking, financial aid, writing center, computer center, recreation, graduate programs, the Kalamazoo community and more. You can log into the modules at any time day or night and as often as you like. To get started:

  • Log into GoWMU.
  • Click on the Elearning button at the top of the page.
  • Click on Transfer and Graduate Student Orientation Modules to get started.

OUR MISSION

Making the decision to transfer can be a difficult choice. Transfer Student Services (TSS) works with incoming transfer students to help ensure as smooth a transition as possible.

Who we are

Transfer Student Services is one of five units in First Year Experience. TSS was originally established in June of 2007 as one half of the Advocacy Office for Transfer Students and Military Affairs under the vision of then Interim President, Dr. Diether Haenicke, with the purpose of identifying institutional practices, policies and procedures that impact transfer student success.

What we do

  • Coordinates the Transfer Transition Program (TTP) which is an orientation program for transfer students starting in either summer session or the fall semester. Offered five times over the course of the summer.
  • Manages an eight module online orientation resource for incoming transfer and graduate students which is available until graduation from WMU.
  • Coordinates Spring Orientation (SO) which is an orientation session for incoming new students and transfers starting in the spring semester. 
  • Offers workshops for current and prospective transfer students such as Career Services, Financial Aid, Applying to WMU, and Stress Reduction.
  • Oversees a Peer Mentor Program for incoming transfer students starting in the fall of 2016.
  • Coordinates special programming for transfer students attending the Fall Welcome program including an annual grill out dinner.
  • Organizes programming opportunities for transfer students including campus and library tours, a Brown Bag Series, and Donuts with the Deans.
  • Communicates with transfer students during their transition to WMU via email starting with a welcome message prior to the start of the semester and follow-up messages throughout the first semester.
  • Advocates for transfer students through participation on various campus committees and attending meetings related to curriculum.
  • Assists students seeking credit for CBDRO classes by working with campus departments to secure possible academic credit here at WMU. 

Collaborations and Partnerships

  • Family Engagement
  • Military and Veterans Affairs
  • Bronco Express (Financial Aid/Billing)
  • Career and Student Employment Services
  • Information Technology
  • Residence Life
  • WMU Dining Services
  • Sindecuse Health Center
  • Student Activities and Leadership Programs
  • Study Abroad
  • TRiO Programs
  • Admissions
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Academic Advising Units
  • Graduate College
  • Lee Honors College
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Fun facts

  • WMU admits more than 2,700 transfer students annually.
  • WMU has reverse transfer agreements with all 28 Michigan community colleges and one in Illinois.
  • WMU has one residence hall and two living learning communities designated just for transfer students.
  • WMU offers more than $600,000 in annual scholarships to transfer students.
  • Transfer students have an average 3.10 transfer GPA.
  • The top five transfer institutions are Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lake Michigan College, Oakland Community College and Macomb Community College for the fall of 2015.
  • Qualifying transfer students are invited to become a part of the Lee Honors College.
  • Study Abroad is available to all transfer students.

WMU supports Tau Sigma National honor society

A national honor society designed exclusively for transfer students. The mission is to “recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfers students.” Tau Sigma provides its members opportunities to earn scholarships, attend leadership conferences, take leadership positions in the university, serve others at the university and in the community, all while developing friendships and becoming a more
integral part of the university.

Phi Theta Kappa

Western Michigan University was the only school in Michigan selected for the National Transfer Honor Roll by Phi Theta Kappa, the world’s oldest and largest honor society for community college students.

Phi Theta Kappa has a membership of more than 3 million members with 1,300 chapters in nine nations. In their 100–year history, their mission has remained the same—recognizing scholars and preparing them for successful futures. Student members have 92 percent graduation rate at the associate degree level and carry an average GPA of 3.8.

Graduate College Family Engagement Student Activities and Leadership Programs