Transfer students often have greater familiarity with the higher education system, but they also are more likely to work full-time and have challenges in graduating on time. Here are five tips for transfer students to help them make the most of their Cal State Fullerton experience.
Cal State Fullerton is a lot different from the community college you are used to. The opportunities for career networking, student activities and academic development are a step ahead of the junior college experience, but course assignments, degree requirements and the sheer size of campus can be daunting.
Thankfully, Mihaylo College and the university have several resources designed specifically for transfer students in mind. Here are five tips on how to thrive as a transfer student at CSUF.
- Stay in close contact with academic and major advising centers.
At Cal State Fullerton, there are two layers of advising: the university’s Academic Advisement Center, which ensures that students stay on track with their general education coursework, and your college’s advisors, who can answer questions and provide guidance on how to best leverage courses within your major toward your degree objectives. Mihaylo College provides personalized advisement by appointment or on a walk-in basis at the Business Advising Center at SGMH 1201 on the main campus or IRVC 113 at the Irvine Campus. Appointments can be scheduled online, or you can give them a call at 657-278-2211.
- Meet with the Mihaylo graduation advisor.
Students must apply for graduation prior to the date they believe they will complete all coursework and graduation requirements. Degrees are conferred three times each year, in January, May and August. Ensure your undergraduate experience is limited to two years by meeting with Mihaylo Graduation Advisor Ashley Stilley. To make sure you are on track, contact Stilley at 657-278-2128 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting at her office at SGMH 1103.
- Use Mihaylo’s tutoring resources to stay ahead of class assignments.
Mihaylo College offers advising on accounting, business writing, economics, finance and information systems prerequisites through the Mihaylo Tutoring Center, which is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at SGMH 2404 during the semesters. For more information, contact 657-278-2704 or email@example.com. Even though transfer students complete most of their general education courses at community college, they still must complete nine units of upper-division general education course requirements at CSUF. Additional tutoring options are available elsewhere within the university for assistance with math, writing and other courses. For more information on CSUF’s tutoring services, check out our earlier blog post.
- Get involved on campus.
Transfer students tend to be underrepresented in student clubs and extracurricular activities. Yet involvement beyond the classroom is exactly what many employers are looking for when they hire recent college graduates. To find a club that suits your major, personal interests or schedule, check out the Business Inter-Club Council, which provides information on recognized Mihaylo clubs. For information on university-wide clubs or clubs specific to other colleges on campus (many of which accept students of all majors) check out the lists of Clubs and Organizations provided by CSUF Student Life and Leadership.
- Leverage the career resources available to you.
For transfer students, employment during college is often a necessity. At the same time, you are probably planning for that post-graduation career job. Find employment opportunities that will prepare you for your career through the Career Center tab of your student portal and select “Jobs and Internships.” Job openings both on and off campus are listed in a variety of fields, and you can apply directly through this site.
Mihaylo College has its own career advising through Mihaylo Career Services, which provides networking opportunities, guest speakers from various industries and personalized résumé advising. For a 15-minute résumé and cover letter review, visit them at SGMH 1409 during their walk-in hours, which are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays.