Kent State’s Transfer Center Moves to New Location in Schwartz CenterPosted Nov. 18, 2013
Kent State University’s Transfer Center has relocated from Room 108 to Room 204 in the Schwartz Center to provide easy access for all current and future transfer students. The Transfer Center also has online access for students who cannot make the trip to its Kent Campus location.
Serving all domestic and international transfer students at all Kent State campuses, the Transfer Center is the point of contact for students to learn how their credits will transfer to Kent State. In addition to credits from other public and private universities, the Transfer Center evaluates transient credits, military, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, CLEP and Credit-by-Exam work.
“Our role is to provide a seamless transition for transfer students at all eight campuses,” says Barbara Miller, coordinator of Kent State’s Transfer Center. “Our new location provides a more welcoming environment for our students and their families.”
Transfer students who are considering Kent State can get information from the Transfer Center that will help them make informed decisions, including pre-admission services, such as advising and unofficial transcript evaluations.
“We can help prospective students get an idea of how their current coursework will apply to their intended major or answer other questions students may have about the transfer process,” Miller says. “We can only give an official transcript evaluation after the students have applied. The staff members are knowledgeable and are happy to help students make the decision to apply to the university.”
The Transfer Center also has undergone many service enhancements.
“We have spent the last two years evaluating all operations of our Transfer Center,” says Brian Pekarek, director of admissions operations and transfer systems at Kent State. “We have implemented new systems that will make our processes more efficient, reduce our reliance on paper, as well as several initiatives that provide students with better and faster services.
“We launched a Transfer Kent State (TKS) orientation and advising program that provides transfer students with critical information,” Pekarek adds. “Even though students have previously attended a college or university, this one-day program gives new transfer students Kent State-specific information. The program is offered monthly during the academic year and then once a week during the summer months leading up to the beginning of the fall semester.”
Transfer students who transferred with one full year of credits and received a GPA of 3.5 or higher are invited to join the Tau Sigma Honor Society, which is dedicated to recognizing the achievements of transfer students.
“Many transfer students don’t live on campus, and so it is difficult for them to make friends," says Miller, who also is the honor society advisor. “The Tau Sigma Honor Society is a great vehicle for transfer students to get to know each other and learn more about the university, as well as be recognized for their outstanding achievement.”
For more information, including resources regarding the transition to Kent State, and to schedule an appointment for pre-admission advising, students can call 330-672-8950 or visit www.kent.edu/transfercenter.