Above, text that reads "Happy National Transfer Student Week. UW Transfers Make the Wisconsin Idea Happen." Below, red line drawings of The Red Gym, Bascom Hall, and the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Recognize & Celebrate Transfers October 16-20, 2023

National Transfer Student Week

Why Celebrate NTSW?

During National Transfer Student Week (NTSW), we aim to:

  • Promote transfer student awareness to bring to light & clear the obstacles of transfer students and their multiple, marginalized identities
  • Empower transfer students by combatting transfer stigma, an assumption that transfer students are less academically competitive than students who have not transferred.

Join us in recognizing and celebrating the contributions and successes of our transfer student population at UW–Madison.

Quote from a UW Transfer Student in 2018 that reads: "When you are confronted with discriminatory behavior from other students due to your transfer status or age, remember there are other students out there that do not share their opinion." The Transfer Transition Program logo is at the bottom of the image.

Recognize a UW Transfer

Do you know a transfer student that deserves to be recognized?

Or a “Transfer Champion” who has gone above and beyond to support transfer students?

Send them a shout with a “Transfer Act of Kindness.” You can submit as many folks as you’d like, remain anonymous if you wish, and are welcome to leave comments for your nominees to read. We’ll send them a message letting them know they were recognized.

How to participate in transfer acts of kindness.

"A sense of belonging is one of the greatest predictors of student success."

Ostrove & Long, 2007

Who is a UW–Madison Transfer?

The diverse range of experience, knowledge, language, culture, critical thought, and ways of being that transfer students bring to UW–Madison enriches classroom learning and campus culture.

Compared to “traditional” first-year students, the transfer students population at UW–Madison consists of more:

  • Low-income college students
  • First-generation college students
  • Returning adult and non-traditional students
  • International students
  • Student-veterans
  • Student-parents
Illustration showing multiple locations that UW–Madison transfer students come to the university from, including within Madison, Wisconsin, the United States, and beyond.

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