How Transfer Students Find Their Place at UNH

Tuesday, October 19, 2021


Lily Neher ’23

UNH campus in fall


I spoke with transfer students Avery Laberge ’22 and Jackson Bowser ’23 about their experiences transferring to UNH. If you’re thinking about transferring, know that the admissions team is here to help you through the process of becoming a Wildcat too!

Avery Laberge
Avery Laberge is an international business major with minors in international affairs and French. She is a tour guide for the university, recruitment chair for her sorority Phi Sigma Sigma, and a teaching assistant for Paul College’s transfer-specific new student orientation course.

After transferring to UNH, Avery lived in Sawyer Hall with two random roommates. She was close with her transfer peer mentor, and now she is one too! Avery told me that when she came to UNH her mindset was to “Say yes, say yes, say yes – I didn’t let myself say no.” She has done just that in her three years here on campus.

Avery reminded me that 20% of UNH undergraduates are transfer students – more than the number of students who are members of Fraternity and Sorority life. That’s a huge and thriving community of transfer Wildcats!

Jackson Bowser
Jackson Bowser is a psychology major with minors in classics and anthropology. He is a member of Eta Sigma Phi honors society, Classics Society, and UNH Ballet Company.

“I decided to come to UNH because the school I was coming from was mainly a performing arts school and I didn’t want to do only performing arts,” Jackson says. “I found that UNH had the resources for my major.”

He entered his first year at UNH living in the Woodside Apartments, which is also the transfer community housing option. Designed to reflect that each transfer student’s first-year experience is unique, the transfer community is just one campus housing option. Its goal is to make the transfer process as smooth as possible by helping transfer students connect with other students, staff and advisors. Plus, the Woodside Apartments are super close to the academic core and the Hamel Recreation Center, while still having that upperclassman apartment-feel.

When asked about the transfer process, Jackson describes it as “pretty easy.”

“I was only applying to two schools with the regular transfer common app,” he says. Through UNH’s transfer process, most students like Jackson will just complete the Transfer Common Application. If you are coming from a community college, you will use the New Hampshire Transfer Application. Students coming from the Thompson School of Applied Science or the Manchester Campus with associate degrees, as well as non-traditional or military/veteran students will an internal UNH Transfer Application.

Both Avery and Jackson transferred to UNH the fall of their sophomore years. But don’t worry, you can transfer to UNH over winter break too. The spring transfer application deadline this year has been extended to November 15.

There will be an in-person information session for transfer students on November 6.

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