Published: Sept. 20, 2021

As a student, it’s up to you to make your time here memorable. There are resources available that can help you make a smooth transition to CU Boulder. Whether you want to find your community, excel in your academic path or explore your options, here are some ways to have a fresh start at your new school as a transfer student. 

1. Meet the Transfer Peer Mentors

Transfer Peer Mentors are current CU transfer students who are here to support you during your exploration and journey as a CU Transfer Buff. They are happy to connect with you directly to share their experiences, provide insight into the CU Boulder experience or simply answer any questions you may have. Meet the Peer Mentors.

2. Attend transfer student events 

There are many benefits of attending events in your first semester at CU. Attending events is a great opportunity to have new interactions, participate in fun activities and even meet well-known people you might not otherwise have had the chance to see.

Throughout the semester, there will be events geared specifically toward transfer students. Join these events to meet fellow Buffs, get involved and have fun! These are a few of the events you can expect this semester: 

  • Transfer Tuesday Coffee. Enjoy your morning with a medium cup of coffee (or tea!). Make sure to wear your Transfer Buff t-shirt, on the first Tuesday of each month, to get your morning pick-me-up on us!
  • Transfer Student Lunch Hour. Join and connect with fellow transfer students during lunch on the second Wednesday of every month. We’ll have the activity, just bring yourself, your lunch. Relax, fuel up and make new friends!
  • Transfer Student Success Workshops. These sessions are designed to support you as a transfer student in various realms. We’ll go over resources on campus as well as tips for success both here at CU Boulder and in your future.
  • Transfer Student Support. Stop by the transfer student table in the CASE building to provide feedback on your experience as a transfer student. We’ll have other types of offerings available from answering questions, writing gratitude cards and fueling up for finals.

Check out all transfer student events

3. Find your community

If you didn’t get the chance to live the “dorm life,” it doesn’t mean you can’t make friends in a new environment. Sometimes, to make a big school feel like home, it helps to find your group of people as soon as possible.  

Getting involved can help you meet friends, discover interests and hobbies, and even explore different career paths. Here are a few of the many possibilities to check out this semester:

  • Try out one of the Rec Center’s FitWell classes and meet fellow Buffs who are interested in staying active.
  • Join the Sustainable Buffs Community for opportunities to engage in community building, education and leadership in sustainability.
  • Become a member of The Herd and celebrate your place at CU Boulder. You can also become a Herd Leader and be a part of enhancing inclusivity, Buff pride and networking opportunities on campus.
  • Participate in community-building programs, educational workshops and inclusive events with the Center for Inclusion & Social Change

4. Join a student organization

Whether you were involved at your previous institution or just looking to get started, CU Boulder has more than 500 student organizations for you to check out. Are you interested in politics? Outdoor activities? Artistic expression? Social justice? There’s something for everyone! Visit BuffConnect to explore student groups by category or alphabetical list.

Can’t find a group that matches your interests? Start an organization of your own! The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) supports student groups with the resources to plan events, raise funds and grow your organization. 

5. Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to explore your interests. Not only can you meet new people and make a positive difference in your community, but there are many options to fit your schedule. Visit the Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) to learn more.

You can also consider volunteering for an undergraduate research project. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program provides hands-on experience in a research or creative project. This is also a chance to connect with faculty mentors.

6. Connect Digitally

We’re in the digital age and connecting digitally can be a great way to stay informed on all campus activities. Here some sites and apps to keep in mind: