The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the experiences of transfer
students currently enrolled in a small-sized, regional, public university located in the
upper Midwestern region of the United States, who have transferred from another
institution prior to enrolling. Five students were interviewed one-on-one for sixty to
ninety minutes. Three themes emerged from the analysis of the interviews. These
themes included were shared familiarities among the participants experiences: social
support (both within the university and personal), connections with a community (both
campus and geographical community), and the desire to pay it forward and give back
(in ways other than financially). The present study found that Astin's (1984) theory of
student involvement rings true in regards to students' accomplishing successful
transition experiences from one institution to another, correlating with the amount of
energy and effort put into the experience and relationship. However, this study found
out that the student experience is more complex than that. This study reflected on
Kahu's (2013) theories of multiple constructs, with all of the factors influencing the
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Novak, Brooke N.
Influences of Social Relationships on the Transfer Student Experience.
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