Welcome to your first year at UA! In FYE we consider all students attending the university for the first time to be first year students and we want to support you during your transition to the Capstone. Are you a transfer student wondering where to begin your transition to UA? You have reached the right place! The Office of First Year Experience and Retention Initiatives offers events and programs throughout the year specifically for transfer students. If you have any questions or want to know more about being involved, please do not hesitate to contact us.

FYE Transfer Student Programming

Each semester our office plans several workshops and social events to get you plugged in with other transfer students on campus and connected to offices and resources essential to your success. Whether it’s jump starting your career readiness or letting off some steam during transfer-only Outdoor Rec Trips, we have plenty of ways for you to get involved.

Ignite UA

Ignite UA is a community-building program specifically designed for first-year students as they continue to transition to life at The University of Alabama in the Spring. In this program, you will build connections with peers, develop your identity and an appreciation of difference in others, gain knowledge about UA opportunities and resources, and network with faculty and staff. Through Ignite UA, students gain tangible skills for success as a student and a community of peers and staff at UA. Participants do not need previous experience to join, only a commitment to allow Ignite UA to be the spark to ignite your life and experience at UA!

For more information on applying to Ignite UA and the timeline of the program, visit the Application Page.

Tau Sigma

Tau Sigma is a national honor society dedicated to recognizing the academic achievements of transfer students and helping them establish connections with The University of Alabama. Tau Sigma offers chances for leadership positions and opportunities for scholarships. In order to be eligible for Tau Sigma, a student must receive a 3.5 GPA their first semester after transferring from another institution.

Tau Sigma will select new members each Spring. Please be sure you have provided the University of Alabama with your most up-to-date physical address. Letters will be mailed to potential members from Tau Sigma National Headquarters.

Transition Talks for Transfer Students

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the size of UA or all of the new organizations, groups, and events to choose from? Let our staff help you find your place on campus and connect you with other staff and students here!

Transition Talks are your opportunity to set up individual meetings with a professional staff member, graduate student staff member, or undergraduate student staff member to discuss goal setting, involvement opportunities, and challenges or successes you are facing at UA. Additionally, Transition Talks provide an opportunity to gain a connection on campus.

If you are interested in scheduling a Transition Talk, simply fill out this form and a staff member from our office will contact you soon!

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Bring your lunch and join us for a monthly series about ways to get connected on campus at UA. You’ll build relationships with faculty and staff, as well as other transfer students.

Getting Involved as a Transfer Student

Date: October 18, 2017 at Noon
Special Guest: Transfer Student Leaders

Giving Back

Date: November 15, 2017 at Noon
Special Guest: Center for Service and Leadership

Off-Campus Housing Information

Finding the right place to live during your time at UA is essential. You can visit Off-Campus Resources to find information on housing options close to campus, roommate assistance, and other tools to help you find your home away from campus.

Upcoming Events

Are you looking for activities to do and ways to meet other transfer students? We are here to help! Check out these events and more during your first year as a student at UA.

Fall “Dead Week” Study Break

December 6, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Join FYE for an event featuring sweet treats and the opportunity to connect with staff and other transfer students. 

For more information or additional questions, contact the Office of First Year Experience and Retention Initiatives at fye@ua.edu or (205) 348-8404.