Staff & Faculty Resources

Questions about the Transfer Student Experience at the University of Minnesota can be directed to Sarah Ihrig, Assistant Director of the Transfer Student Experience, at [email protected].

The work of the U of M Transfer Student Experience is guided by the U of M Framework for the Transfer Student Experience and the U of M Transfer Student Strategic Plan.

Transfer Student Advocate Training

The Transfer Student Advocate Training is offered every fall and spring semester to U of M faculty and Staff. 

The goal of this training is to help staff and faculty understand the unique issues transfer students face and become advocates for transfer students. 

Program Requirements:
To become a 
Transfer Student Advocate you must attend one training. After that you will receive occasional communications and invitations to optional, future events and training.

Objectives of the 
Transfer Advocate Program:

  • To increase knowledge and awareness of the U of M transfer student population and the barriers transfer students may face.
  • To promote transfer student access to, and participation in, University activities and resources.
  • To create a visible network of support for transfer students across campus.


After completing this training participants will: 

  • Understand the U of M transfer student population and the unique needs and concerns of transfer students.
  • Identify specific next steps they can take to be a transfer student advocate by encouraging transfer student engagement and removing barriers.
  • Be identified as Transfer Advocates in their units and a source of information and support for transfer students.


For more information about the Transfer Advocate training contact Sarah Ihrig, [email protected]


Online Resources to Support Transfer Students

Suggested Readings on Transfer Students