Transfer Students Satisfied with Mason Experience, Survey Shows

Posted: May 24, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

George Mason’s Office of Institutional Assessment (OIA) has released the Transfer Students at Mason Report (TSM) documenting the experiences of transfer students in a variety of areas, including their reasons for transferring to Mason and their level of satisfaction with the transfer process.

Based on the findings of the 2004-05 Graduating Senior Survey Report, which was completed by 2,924 students, the TSM reflects the responses of 1,669 transfer students, roughly 57 percent of the respondents.

Of the transfer students, 53 percent transferred from a community or junior college, 29 percent transferred from another four-year college or university, 1 percent transferred from a technical, business or vocational school and 17 percent had attended at least two different types of schools prior to coming to Mason.

As part of the transfer process, students entering Mason have the credits from their previous institutions evaluated following the receipt of an offer of admission. Forty-five percent of transfer students said that they were “very satisfied” with the number of credits Mason accepted and 34 percent said that they were “somewhat satisfied.”

Levels of satisfaction with the transfer process were high, with 55 percent of respondents saying that they were “very satisfied” and 37 percent saying that they were “somewhat satisfied” with the experience.

A total of 85 percent of respondents were either “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with the orientation program held for new Mason students. Transfer students were also largely satisfied with the orientation programs offered by their particular academic departments.

Forty-six percent of respondents said they experienced no difficulties in adjusting to Mason, and low numbers of respondents said they experienced either academic (19 percent), financial (18 percent) or social (17 percent) difficulties.

Forty-one percent of transfer students said other Mason students were particularly helpful in their adjustment to life at the university and 39 percent thought that faculty members had been particularly helpful.

The reasons for transferring to Mason vary, although 38 percent said the university’s location close to their home was the single most important reason for applying to Mason. Nineteen percent said they decided to transfer because Mason offered the academic program(s) that they were interested in, and ten percent said they made their decision based on personal, family or work-related issues.

Over half of the transfer students (52 percent) enrolled in the same major program at Mason as they had at their previous institution, while 32 percent changed majors. Seventeen percent had not declared a major at their previous schools.

To view the OIA’s report, click here.

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