Transfer Students

Welcome, Transfer Students!

Congratulations on your acceptance and decision to attend Fairfield University! You will be receiving your Transfer Student Guide, which includes information about how to get acclimated to the Fairfield University community and college life, in the mail during the summer. Students and their families should review this guide thoroughly for information regarding next steps, action items, academic planning, campus offices, and helpful resources that address many common questions. In addition to reviewing the guide, below are a few next steps to help ensure a smooth transition to campus. Please note: it may take up to 48 hours after submitting your deposit for you to have access to your NetID and online checkist system.

  • Claim your NetID at fairfield.edu/netid. You will need to have your Fairfield ID number, which can be found on your letter of admission, when registering for the NetID. After claiming your NetID, you will be able to log into your University Gmail through my.Fairfield.edu. Be sure to check your Gmail account regularly for important University announcements.
  • Complete the Transfer Student ChecklistThis required checklist was created to help new-to-Fairfield students keep track of all the tasks and tutorials they need to complete before classes start in September. Some items and forms need to be completed ASAP, so it is essential that students login early and often to review and complete each task by their deadline. Students will be granted access to the checklist system within 48 hours of claiming their NetID.
  • Schedule a meeting with your Academic Dean's Office. During this meeting you will discuss your academic program, the credits you are transferring into Fairfield, and courses for the Fall 2019 semester.

Check back regularly, as this site will keep you updated about everything you need to know regarding your transition to Fairfield University and becoming a Stag!

Questions? The Office of Student Engagement can be reached by email at orientation@fairfield.edu or by phone at (203) 254-4053. We look forward to welcoming you to the herd soon!

 

Transfer Orientation, Move-In, and Next Steps

Transfer Student Guide

The Transfer Student Guide was created to assist you during your first semesters at Fairfield. This book will serve as your "go to" resource for everything Fairfield. It is packed with information regarding buildings on campus, academic planning, action items, office locations, and contact information. When you receive it, read the booklet thoroughly as it will help greatly with your transition and any questions you may have.

Transfer Student Checklist

This online checklist was created to help new-to-Fairfield students keep track of all the tasks and tutorials they need to complete before classes start in September. Some items and forms need to be completed ASAP, so it is essential that students login early and often to review and complete each task by their deadline. Students will be granted access to the checklist system within 48 hours of claiming their NetID.

Transfer Student Move-In

Transfer Student Move-In is scheduled for Sunday, September 1, 2019. The Office of Student Engagement will be in touch in the coming months with additional information. Visit fairfield.edu/fall-welcome for suggestions about what to bring to campus.

Transfer Student Orientation

Transfer Student Orientation is essential. The two-day experience allows you to meet key campus partners and student leaders as well as provide you with the necessary resources to thrive at Fairfield University. Transfer Student Orientation conveniently aligns with Move-In, which takes place the weekend before the first day of classes of the semester. Highlights of Orientation include interacting with Resident Assistants, New Student Leaders, and attending a day-long exciting team-building excursion. Check back in August for the Transfer Student Orientation schedule.

Parent / Guardian Checklist

Parents/Guardians can assist students with the following checklist items:

  • Parent/Guardian Information Form: Please fill out the Parent/Guardian Information Form to provide us with complete contact information for important updates and significant events at the university.  We will send you the University's weekly e-newsletter and communicate with you throughout your student’s time at Fairfield.  For any questions, please contact our Parents Program Office at parents@fairfield.edu
  • Request for Reasonable Accommodation Based on Accessibility (optional): Fairfield University is committed to providing qualified students with disabilities an equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights, and privileges of its services, programs, and activities in an accessible setting. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Connecticut state laws, we provide accommodations to qualified students with disabilities to reduce the impact of disabilities on academic functioning or upon other major life activities. Fairfield University also recognizes the need for accommodations when a student is suffering from a temporary impairment and will work to provide accommodations to the student should the temporary impairment impact academics or other major life activities. A student with a disability or temporary impairment who wishes to be considered for academic or campus- life accommodations at Fairfield University must identify themselves to Accessibility and complete the online registration process for accommodations.

How to complete: After May 1, create an online Accessibility profile and upload supporting documentation. Instructions can be found via fairfield.edu/prospectiveaccessibility in the "Consideration for Accommodations" section.

  • Immunization Requirement/Medical Report Form (ASAP): Students are required to submit a confidential medical history and to document proof of immunizations which are required by Connecticut State law. Mandated immunization requirements are strictly enforced. Students may not move into a residence hall or begin classes until all immunization requirements are met. The Student Health Center strongly recommends a pre-college physical exam. However, the Student Health Center requests that all students submit their health history and proof of immunizations (documented on the Student Medical Report Form) by June 7 (ASAP for those students admitted after this date). Students may mail in their physical exam documentation at a later date if necessary.

How to complete:

  • Go to the website www.fairfield.edu/immunization
  • Carefully review the list of required immunizations (Connecticut requirements may be different than requirements in your home state)
  • Download and print the “Undergraduate Medical Report Form”
  • Students should complete the health history part and the tuberculosis screening questions (Part I)
  • Present this form to your student's physician. Ask your student's physician to document their immunization history on this form. Additionally, your student's physician needs to review their TB screening questions. Students at high risk for tuberculosis will need to be tested (as outlined in the form).
  • Upload, mail or fax the completed form to the Student Health Center by June 7 (Go to www.fairfield.edu/immunization for more information on returning forms).

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I learn more about Move-In and Transfer Orientation?

Transfer Student Move-In is scheduled for Sunday, September 1, 2019. Transfer Student Orientation conveniently aligns with Move-In and is an essential two-day experience that allows you to meet key campus partners and student leaders as well as provide you with the necessary resources to thrive at Fairfield University. Highlights of Orientation include interacting with Resident Assistants, New Student Leaders, and attending a day-long exciting team-building excursion. The Office of Student Engagement will be in touch in the coming months with additional information regarding Move-In and Transfer Student Orientation. Visit fairfield.edu/fall-welcome for details about the Move-In process and suggestions about what to bring to campus.

Will there be additional ongoing support for me as I transition to Fairfield University?

Absolutely! There are a multitude of on campus resources available to all of our matriculated students. Additionally as a transfer student you will also be registered for a Transfer First Year Experience course which meets regularly throughout your first semester and has both a professional staff member and current student serving as mentors. The goal of the First Year Experience program is to CONNECT students with each other, faculty, staff, and the University; to INSPIRE excellence during this transitionary period; and for students to THRIVE holistically as the acclimate to being a part of the Fairfield University Community.

I initially indicated that I would not need housing, but I actually would like to live on campus. Who should I contact?

If you have yet to confirm your enrollment at Fairfield University, you can contact the Office of Undergraduate admission at transferadmis@fairfield.edu to request this change. If you have already confirmed that you will be attending in the Fall, you should contact the Office of Residence Life directly as soon as possible to let them know of this change of status. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis so the sooner you communicate this change with them, the more likely they will be able to accommodate your request. The best way to reach them is through email at residencelife@fairfield.edu.

Does Fairfield University require any proof of immunizations?

Yes, the Fairfield University Heath Center requires that students submit a confidential health history to document proof of immunizations which are required by Connecticut state law. Additional information can be found at www.fairfield.edu/immunization.

I have paid my enrollment deposit and now I would like to register for classes. How do I go about doing this?

The first step prior to registering for classes is to contact your academic dean’s office to set up an initial meeting. If your semester has concluded, please be sure that you have had a final transcript sent to your dean’s office in advance of your conversation. At this meeting you will discuss any questions regarding your credit evaluation, and what classes you might want to consider taking during the upcoming semester. They will support you through the registration process. You can contact them at the telephone number listed in your letter of admission.

How many courses will I have to complete in order to graduate from Fairfield University?

In order to earn a bachelor’s degree, Fairfield University requires that you complete a minimum of 120 credits; sixty of those credits must be earned at Fairfield. You will discuss this further at your initial meeting with a representative of your academic dean’s office.

I see that certain courses have been accepted as “non-core” classes on my transfer credit evaluation but there is a note that you also need a syllabus. Why is that?

We sometimes ask for a syllabus even if a course has been accepted as an elective because we would like to evaluate the class for credit in your specific major or to evaluate if we may be able to transfer it to satisfy a core requirement. We encourage you to submit these syllabi via email to transferadmis@fairfield.edu as soon as possible, ideally in advance of your meeting with your academic dean. Once syllabi are received, they can be reviewed by the appropriate department chair if necessary. If the syllabi are not submitted in advance of your advising meeting, please bring them with you to that conversation so that they can be taken into account when registering for the upcoming term.

I have courses under review on my preliminary credit evaluation. When will I know if those courses have been accepted for credit at Fairfield?

Once you enroll at Fairfield University, you will schedule a meeting with a representative of your academic dean’s office to receive academic advising and to register for classes. In advance of this meeting, please send the requested syllabi for the particular classes to transferadmis@fairfield.edu. This will allow our advisors and department chairs an opportunity to potentially review the additional information prior to your scheduled meeting. During your advising meeting, you will speak with an academic dean about these courses and discuss whether we will be able to accept them for credit at Fairfield University.

I received a 4 or a 5 on an AP Test while in high school, but I don’t see that reflected on my Preliminary Transcript Evaluation. What should I do about that?

If you have not yet done so, you should contact College Board directly and have them send an official score report to Fairfield University. You can then discuss your scores, and what classes they may count as, during your initial meeting with an academic dean.

When should I expect to hear from the Office of Financial Aid if I applied for need-based aid?

If you have already completed both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile, you should hear from the Office of Financial Aid within approximately two weeks of receiving your admission decision. If you have specific questions, you can always contact them directly at (203) 254-4125.

Who should I contact if I still have questions, but I’m not sure which department would be most applicable?

You should always feel comfortable contacting the Office of Student Engagement at (203) 254-4053 or at orientation@fairfield.edu. We’re happy to answer your questions, or point you in the right direction.

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