Advising for Transfer Students

Transfer students are defined as students who have previously matriculated at one or more accredited institution(s). This does not include students who completed dual enrollment through their secondary education and/or students who received advanced placement (AP) credit through their secondary education.

Our goal for advising transfer students includes, but is not limited to:

  • Mapping out remaining semesters of required major and core curriculum requirements based on student’s transfer evaluation
  • Clarifying university policies that may differ from their previous institution(s)
  • Integrating students with campus life and resources
  • Addressing financial concerns, including making students aware of various financial aid outlets specialized for transfer and non-traditional students

In process with transferring to Roger Williams University? Click here to view our transfer checklist.

A flyer of facts about the spring 2023 transfer student population listed in bullet points. Transfer Students at RWU Spring 2023 Fact Sheet. 280 returning and incoming transfer students. 39 different majors. Transferred from more than 308 institutions (same as many as 3 other institutions). 17% self-identify as first-generation students. 24% identify as students of color. 70% have earned or are entering having previously earned a 3.0 GPA or higher. 32% are commuting to campus this fall. 56% of returning transfer students report being involved in a campus club or organization. **all data as of 2/6/2023. Connect with CSAS: Students can connect with Sarah Mayer, senior academic advisor for transfer/pathways students to map out their remaining semesters based on their transfer credits. Email:

Transfer Students at RWU. Since 2017, we have welcomed more than 526 transfer students from over 288 different colleges and universities across 62 different majors. Debunking Common Myths about Transfer Students. Myth #1: Transfer Students are all commuters and are isolated from the campus community. Reality: 65% of fall transfer students are residents with 55% of transfer students being members of on-campus clubs/organizations. Myth #2: Most transfer students are older, non-traditional aged students. Reality: 79% of transfer students are traditional-aged students. Myth #3: Transfer students don't like attending events or getting involved in campus organizations. Reality: 55% of transfer students are involved in 1 or more campus organizations. 88% of transfer students reported attending on-campus events to be worthwhile because they are a great opportunity to make friends and feel more connected to their new community with free campus memorabilia.

Transferology is a database that provides students a way to see if their college level courses may transfer to schools that are part of the transferology network. This website is meant to be used as a guide for prospective students, not a guarantee that courses will transfer as there are many factors that contribute to transferring including grade received at the prior institution, accreditation of the transfer school's program, RWU program specific requirements, etc.

Click here to create your Transferology account to see how your credits could transfer.

Faculty and staff interested in learning how to better support transfer students are welcomed to join us for the Transfer Student Advocacy Workshop being held Wednesday, April 12, 2023 from 2:30PM-3:15PM in the University Library- Mary Tefft White. See flyer below for details: A flyer for Transfer Student Advocacy Workshop being held Wednesday, April 12, 2023 from 2:30PM-3:15PM in the University Library Mary Tefft White room. This workshop is open to all RWU faculty and staff who want to learn more about who transfer students are and how we can support their distinct needs. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to Sarah Mayer, Senior Academic Advisor for Transfer/Pathways Students at Workshop Agenda: Who transfer students are at Roger Williams University, What resources are available to transfer students, and best practices for supporting campus integration. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!