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Transfer Seminar- UNI 201

Why should you sign up for UNI 201?

About UNI 201

Transitioning to a new institution can be a confusing process for even the most prepared students. UNI 201: Transfer Seminar is designed to support transfer students in transitioning to campus and optimizing their UNCW experience. Critical thinking, informational literacy skills, discussion, and group collaboration are emphasized as students focus on topics that are important to transfer student success and college success in general. Such topics include: academic strategies, campus resources, campus policies and procedures, major and career planning, conducting research, involvement and engagement, financial literacy, goal setting, and progress towards graduation. Starting in fall 2014: Transfer Seminar is a three credit hour course that fulfills three hours of writing intensive and three hours of information literacy competency requirements within University Studies.

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Why a Transfer Seminar?

Since the 1960s, research on transfer students has indicated that after students transfer to a new institution they face transfer shock. Transfer shock refers to the tendency for transfer students to "experience a temporary dip in grade point average during the first or second semester at the new institution" (Thurmond, 2007, para. 1). Further, research has indicated that a supportive classroom environment during the first semester at a new institution helps shape transfer student academic success (Townsend, 1995). This course was designed with this research and the goal of supporting transfer students in mind.

What do students get from this course?

Whether transferring directly from another institution or from the military, this course is perfect for transfers during their first-semester at UNCW. Students leave UNI 201 with a sense of community at UNCW and a greater understanding of college student transitions. They will have formed a relationship with a faculty member in their major, built a comprehensive academic and career plan, and learned about the campus resources that will help them succeed.

In addition, transfer students often find they have curricular questions and concerns after transferring to UNCW. Some may find that they do not automatically earn Writing Intensive and/or Information Literacy competency credit for courses they transferred in. Since the competencies are required for graduation, UNI 201 helps fill the competency gap for many transfer students. Successful completion of UNI 201 provides transfer students with three hours of their Writing Intensive and three hours of their Information Literacy competency requirements.

UNI 201 can only be taken by incoming transfer students during their first semester at UNCW. It is important to recognize that the first semester at UNCW is the only opportunity transfers will have to take the course and earn the attached writing intensive and information literacy competencies. Transfer students who do not choose to pursue UNI 201 their first semester at UNCW will have to fulfill these competencies through other coursework.


Thurmond, K.C. (2007). Transfer shock: Why is a term forty years old still relevant? Retrieved from NACADA Clearinghouse of Academic Advising Resources Web site:

Townsend, B. K. (1995). Community college transfer students: A case study of survival. Review of Higher Education, 18 (2), 175.