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The need to assist transfer students is particularly important because transfer students enter into new institutions with unique needs, perspectives, and experiences compared to non-transfer students. Many orientation programs do not address the needs of transfer students and focus on freshman students. Little is known about the correlation between transfer students and orientation attendance. Therefore, this study aimed to identify transfer student needs, increase their attendance of orientation programs, and to provide effective programming for them. Participants were asked questions regarding barriers to program attendance and institutional support. This qualitative study focused on eight undergraduate students at a private, midsized, religious affiliated institution that transferred during the 2013-2014 academic year. Students were interviewed and responded to a series of questions regarding reason for transfer, previous orientation experience, and recent orientation experience. The results provide student affairs professionals with future implications for designing orientation programs that directly address transfer student needs and ways to increase their participation.

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Graduate Research

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Nasser Razek

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Counselor Education and Human Services


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