UMass Boston hosted more than 500 prospective transfer students and 300 guests on Thursday, April 16, for its semi-annual Transfer Open House.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions introduced an open house for transfer students in Spring 2014, recognizing that transfer students have questions and needs that are different than those of first-time freshmen. Transfer Open House is now a very popular annual recruitment/yield event.
"With over 500 students in attendance from both community colleges and other four-year schools, the event was a record breaker," said Kerry Boyd, director of the Transfer Center in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. "Our guests were able to peruse our academic offerings, learn more about financing their education, tour the campus, and even submit an application. It was a great evening.”
Prospective students and guests also had an opportunity to interact with faculty, staff, and current UMass Boston students as they explored the university. A record number took advantage of applying to the university.
Attendees shared the following comments with members of the staff:
“I know a lot of people who go here and I've heard wonderful things about it. I think it's very unique, bigger college experience than what I've been used to," said Salem, Massachusetts resident Danny Wolff.
He received his associate’s degree from Salem State University and is considering coming to UMass Boston for a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science or Information Technology.
Nursing student Rachel Thulier of Lowell is transferring to UMass Boston from Fisher College.
“I just really like the campus," Thulier said. "It's much bigger than what I'm used to, so hoping for new experiences, meeting a lot of new people, and having fun."
Danvers resident Nick Cassidy, an aspiring College of Management student, said he's done research and gotten feedback from friends who are students at UMass Boston.
“They enjoy the management program, and it's redirected me into the path that I need to be in for what I want to do with my life," he said.
Scholarship recipient Christina Benton of Bedford, New Hampshire, will be studying psychology at UMass Boston and wants to become an art therapist. She said, “I was really excited that all of the transfer credits transferred into the program."
Rachel White is originally from Accra, Ghana and grew up in Boston. White explained: “My main goal is to go back to my hometown where … the health conditions are poor, where I can actually take what I've learned to benefit them over there."