Last month the Offices of Transfer Services and Orientation together welcomed over a 100 new transfer students to campus as part of our Transfer Pre-Orientation Program (T-POP). This day-long introduction to Appalachian is offered as a complement to the Orientation students will attend later in the summer. Recognizing that Orientation is more academic based and that transfer students have many concerns and trepidation about the new environment and social scene at Appalachian we offer this program to address many of their questions.
Students are offered sessions by Financial Aid & Student Accounts, University Housing, Student Employment, Student Activities, and Academic Advising. In addition, the day is facilitated by Transfer Student Mentors and includes a Q&A panel where students can ask current transfer students for their advice and experiences as successful Appalachian transfer students.
Concurrently parents and family members that attended with their students hear from Parents & Family Programs, the Dean of Students Office and Campus Police, as well as a panel discussion from the Library, Counseling, Wellness, Student Learning Center, and the Writing Center.
Feedback from students who have participated in the past have shown T-POP to be one of our most effective programs offered to help new transfer students transition successfully to Appalachian. Our most recent students commented that “you all did such an amazing job helping us and guiding us through every step we need to take”, “I absolutely loved T-POP”, and “Everything was wonderful and very helpful”.