The UCSB Transfer Student Center: Community and Resources for UCSB Transfer Students

The Transfer Student Center is located at the "Ocean End" on the first floor of the UCSB library. (Enter through the main doors of the Paseo West entrance and turn right; keep walking towards the big blue wall.)

The Center connects transfer students to resources that will help them survive and thrive academically and socially, and to prepare for life beyond UCSB – whether in a graduate school, a professional school, or a career.

Resources include:

  • Gathering/study space
  • Two full-time academic advisors
  • Peer mentors
  • Advisors and consultants from a variety of campus programs
  • Workshops designed for transfer students
  • The Transfer Student Center also supports a signature strength of UCSB: undergraduate participation in research.  In particular, the Center provides programming and workshops that introduce students to a wide range of research opportunities. 

Through access to these programs, the Center helps transfer students participate in the undergraduate experience.

Offices and programs partnering with the Transfer Student Center to support transfer students with advising, workshop, and other programming include: Financial Aid, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)Career ServicesCampus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS)Summer Sessions, the Education Abroad Program (EAP), the UCSB Library, the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Grant Program (URCA), and the Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP).

In addition to providing services to support students at UCSB, the Center also coordinates with various offices on campus to provide outreach and assistance to prospective students.

Transfer Student Center Director

Meet the new Transfer Student Center Director: Malaphone Phommasa. Malaphone identifies as a second-generation Lao American daughter of refugees and first-generation college graduate. She completed her B.A. in Sociology at UC Irvine and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Cultural Perspectives and Comparative Education at UC Santa Barbara. Malaphone’s research focuses on supporting the persistence and retention of underrepresented and underserved student groups in higher education. Please do not hesitate to reach out to her!

Workshops and Partner Office Hours

View the calendars on this page for details on the workshops to be offered in the center (left calendar), and on the office hours to be held by campus partners in the center's shared office (right calendar).

Further details on workshops can be viewed on the Workshop Descriptions page.