UGA Engineering celebrates transfer students

UGA Engineering celebrates transfer students

Today’s college students are transferring more than ever before. In the University of Georgia College of Engineering, nearly 20% of undergraduates transferred to UGA after beginning their college journey elsewhere.

Oct. 19 – 23, 2020 is National Transfer Student Week, organized by the National Institute for the Student of Transfer Students (NISTS). The event is designed to celebrate transfer students and the professionals who support them while highlighting the often complex barriers faced by transfer students.

Transfer Student Profiles

Phoebe Graham

Phoebe Graham (pictured above) is pursuing a double major at the University of Georgia: environmental engineering and printmaking. She transferred to the UGA College of Engineering after beginning her college career at Kennesaw State University.

Why did you decide to transfer to UGA & major in engineering?

I loved UGA's campus and wanted a to study at a school that I knew would provide quality education in both engineering and art.

What has been your greatest challenge as a transfer student?

My greatest challenge was the bus system. Luckily, UGA students are really friendly and helpful.

What has enabled you to be successful as a transfer student at UGA? 

Getting involved in several engineering clubs has helped me so much. The Society of Environmental Engineering has supported me though classes and helped me make friends in my major. The Society of Women Engineers, NAYGN, and becoming an ambassador has helped my education and career goals as well as let me give back to the college.


Lacey Tucker

An environmental engineering student, Lacey transfer to the University of Georgia from Georgia Southwestern State University.

Why did you decide to transfer to UGA and major in engineering?

I wanted to have a definite purpose to my major decision. All I knew is that I wanted to play a role in protecting our beautiful planet, engineering is the ultimate bridge between of hard sciences, math, society, and application, and that UGA is the best school in the state. Go Dawgs!

What has been your greatest challenge as a transfer student?

The coursework! I transferred from my community college in rural Georgia, studying marketing. Needless to say, I was humbled.

What has enabled you to be successful as a transfer student at UGA? 

Peer tutoring offered at Milledge, my professors' willingness to meet up and and extend extra guidance, our student AND staff community, and the outreach to the overall wellbeing of students with special needs financially and mentally.


Jacob Townsend

Jacob transferred to the University of Georgia College of Engineering from Kennesaw State University. A civil engineering major, he is scheduled to graduate in May 2021 and plans to continue his studies in the College of Engineering's graduate degree program.

Why did you decide to transfer to UGA & major in engineering?

After visiting Athens and exploring the UGA campus one summer weekend with friends who attended school here, I immediately fell in love and knew I wanted to transfer and become a Bulldawg.

What has been your greatest challenge as a transfer student?

As a transfer I had to immerse myself in a new academic culture surrounded by new students, professors, and campus experience.

What has enabled you to be successful as a transfer student at UGA? 

Getting involved with student organizations like SAE, ASCE, and Theta Tau allowed me to engage with fellow Bulldawgs. These organizations, combined with group projects, really helped me make this campus my own.


Diego Alarcon

Diego is a fourth-year civil engineering major from Snellville. He transfered to UGA from Georgia State University.

Why did you decide to transfer to UGA and major in engineering?

I chose to transfer to UGA because I knew it was where I could realize my full potential and set myself up for success. The opportunities to get involved in the community, make an impact, prepare me for the future, and meet the most incredible people are endless. Getting a degree in engineering, I knew it would be a challenge with endless sacrifices, but the results will be life-rewarding. Although life presented me with different opportunities, I knew engineering would help me accomplish the many aspirations I have and tackle the many problems we face in our society.

What has been your greatest challenge as a transfer student?

The greatest challenge I faced as a transfer student was getting used to the UGA experience. Before, my life revolved around two jobs and attending a commuter school. Although the change was nerve-racking, it was the best decision of my life; since then, the sky has been the limit for me.

What has enabled you to be successful as a transfer student at UGA?  

Getting involved in the college of engineering and trying out different cultural and athletic organizations helped me be successful during my transition. I transferred from a small commuter school, but at UGA, my involvement outside of class helped take advantage of all of the opportunities UGA has to offer.


Payton Aussin

Payton is an electrical engineering major from Alpharetta. She transferred to UGA from Georgia College and State University.

Why did you decide to transfer to UGA and major in engineering?

I decided to transfer to UGA solely for the College of Engineering. I sat through my first informational meeting and I knew that majoring in Engineering would challenge me to be the best version of myself.

What has been your greatest challenge as a transfer student?

My greatest challenge was figuring out my place. I knew I wanted to join a UGA program, I just didn’t know which one would fit me best.

What has enabled you to be successful as a transfer student at UGA? 

The involvement in student organizations and the free tutoring has helped me be successful.

► Learn more about undergraduate and transfer admissions in the University of Georgia College of Engineering.