New Transfer Center to Ease Transition for Current and Prospective Students

Posted: August 22, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nicholas Zinzer

To provide leadership in addressing the needs and concerns of transfer students on all four of its regional campuses, George Mason is opening a Transfer Center on its Prince William Campus.

“It’s designed to give a transfer student a home. We will work with prospective and current students and attempt to solve their problems. We will give them one place to come so we can help them,” says Fran Herrity, who will direct the Transfer Center with Ann Lewis.

The Transfer Center, part of Student Academic Affairs and Advising, will be staffed with individuals who can assist students with transfer credit, appropriate contact information and transcripts. The center will serve unofficially as a liaison to other academic departments on all of Mason’s campuses.

“We’re not going to be able to solve all of the problems, but we can direct [transfer students] to the people who can,” says Herrity.

To coincide with the opening of the new center, Lewis is teaching UNIV 300 Transfer Transition this fall. The one-credit class will focus on transition issues for students with second-semester sophomore standing or higher. It will prepare students in their transition to Mason, help them with careers and internships, and instruct them on peer leadership.

The Transfer Center will also work closely with Northern Virginia Community College; the majority of Mason’s transfer students come from NVCC.

The Transfer Center is located in the Occoquan Building, Suite 202. The center is already assisting students but will have an official opening on Friday, Oct. 6. For more information, call 703-993-9152.

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