Office of Student Success

North Foundation Hall Rm 157
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-4480
Fax: (248) 370-4485

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Transfer Year Experience
Office of Student Success and Experiential Learning Center
157 North Foundation Hall

Juretta Bailey-Grajewski
Student Success Coordinator

Kelly Clemens
Graduate Assistant

Taylor Williams
Graduate Assistant

Transfer Year Experience

You made the right choice transferring to Oakland University to complete your studies. Not only do we provide you with exceptional opportunities for growth, but in the Office of Student Success and Experiential Learning Center we help enhance your experience at OU by connecting education with engagement and pride. Welcome to your Transfer Year Experience.


Schedule an appointment during the fall semester, ideally in September or October. Don’t know who your academic adviser is? Use the find my academic adviser webpage.

At this appointment, you and your academic adviser will discuss several topics:

  • Your transfer credit: How can you make the credits you already have work for you at OU?
  • Your major: How do you know you’re in a major that is the right fit for you?
  • Your graduation plan: Are you taking the classes that will help you profess toward graduation?
  • Academic performance: Are you living up to your own expectations in the classroom?
  • Engagement opportunities: Are you aware of all the things you can do on campus related to your major? Are you aware of all of the opportunities to get involved on campus?
  • Investment: Are you enjoying your college experience?  What other things can you do to have a better college experience?

As a bonus, you’ll also get an OU t-shirt for coming in to see your academic adviser (while supplies last, so don’t put off seeing your Academic Adviser)!


As part of your Transfer Year Experience, we have outlined five areas of engagement that ensure you make your time at OU meaningful and useful.

Campus Engagement: College is also about making memories, meeting new people, and having great stories to tell.  Campus engagement is the fun part of the college experience.  Sample campus engagement opportunities include:

  • Social student organization
  • Campus leadership
  • Sporting events
  • Performance events

Community Engagement: Off-campus engagement is a crucial part of the college experience. Sample community engagement opportunities include:

  • Study abroad/study away
  • Alternative Spring Break
  • Global Brigades
  • Leadership & volunteer work

In your Winter semester academic advising appointment, you and your Academic Adviser will review your Fall semester successes and struggles, discuss future semester planning and answer any other questions you may have.

Your Academic Adviser’s primary goals are to ensure you are on the right path for your major, and to continue to brainstorm ideas on how you can take part of activities that will give you practical skills for graduation.

In addition to these things, your Academic Adviser will help you plan next year’s course schedule.

To be prepared for full-year registration, you will want to meet with your Academic Adviser before mid-March.


Full year registration happens every year in late March and/or early April. Ideally, you can discuss your registration plan with your Academic Adviser at your Winter appointment before that time.

Make sure you get into the classes you need by registering the first day registration opens for you. Upper level classes tend to be smaller and fill up quicker, so register as soon as possible to avoid you not getting into a class you really need!

Next Year
Academic Advising

Your final stop in the Transfer Year Experience is your exit from the program into your next year at OU. This is when you check back in with your Academic Adviser in order to discuss opportunities geared toward your career and the final years of your degree. We want to ensure you seize every opportunity to be prepared to get that great job after college or that you are accepted into the graduate school of your choice.