Mizzou honored as a transfer-friendly university

“I was relieved to find that there was a designated place I could go with questions or concerns, and people there who were willing and able to help me”, says transfer student Reagan Coffman.  

Transferring as a junior, Coffman quickly found her community within the Transfer Center. 

Olo Masiza, a TEAM (Transfer Experience and Advising Mentors) mentor.             
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Olo Masiza, a TEAM (Transfer Experience and Advising Mentors) mentor. Image: Sam O’Keefe/University of Missouri

“It’s a unique experience, so we look out for each other and help each other in whatever ways we can. The Transfer Center was good at connecting me with campus resources I didn’t even know existed,” says Coffman. 

The University of Missouri Transfer Center’s team supports student success from transfer to tassel. Transfer Admissions Coordinator Kara Cheslock’s main priority is serving the students through every step of the student journey. 

“We want to make sure that students feel safe and supported while they are here,” says Cheslock.  

With an array of backgrounds, the Transfer Center staff focuses on meeting each student’s specific needs. Staff members travel to recruiting events, assist transfer students with their enrollment process and provide engagement opportunities while helping students transition to living at Mizzou.  

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has honored Mizzou Transfer Center’s dedication to providing students with innovative pathways and resources for success, naming the center to the PTK 2023 Transfer Honor Roll. 

Previous PTK member and current Transfer Admissions Coordinator, Abbey Hook, is proud to have helped Mizzou earn this honor. 

“I am proud to be part of the reason why Mizzou is able to take this award home,” says Hook.  

The Transfer Center’s achievements go beyond national awards as it has transformed the lives and college experiences of the Tigers it serves.  

Abbey Hook, Transfer Admissions Coordinator.
Abbey Hook, Transfer Admissions Coordinator. Image: Sam O’Keefe/University of Missouri

Professional student, Ana Rembecki a transfer student from Rhodes College in Memphis Tennessee, began working in the Transfer Center because of the positive experience the center gave her. 

“I felt like part of my transfer experience at Mizzou was so positive because of the resources the Transfer Center has given me and so I wanted to give back in a way that helped other transfer students transferring here to become Tigers.” 

The Transfer Center serves as a welcoming community on Mizzou’s campus- 25% of the 30,000 students on campus are transfers. Transfer student from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri, Olo Masiza who now serves as a TEAM (Transfer Experience and Advising Mentors) mentor in the Transfer Center says,  

“I wouldn’t say it’s easily distinguishable between who’s not a transfer and who is. It’s a seamless community.” 

Masiza goes on to tell how the Transfer Center makes the transition easy so that students are exposed to curriculum and opportunities to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom. From transfer to tassel, the whole team at the Transfer Center is here to help their students get connected as they navigate their Tiger journey.