“Is it hard to make friends?”
This is one of the most common questions we get from incoming transfer students. Age, life experiences, and living off-campus can all play a role in wondering if you’ll meet classmates you can relate to.
At CSU we work hard to ensure that there are plenty of opportunities to find a community that fits you. From the moment you’re admitted to the first day of classes, you’ll have chances to meet others and make friends.
Here are five steps you can take to find some friendly faces on campus.
#1: Join SchoolsApp
Once you’re admitted to CSU, you’ll receive an email invite to join our online student community, SchoolsApp.
SchoolsApp is open to admitted students only and over 6,000 future Rams join each year. It provides you with a simple and low-pressure way to strike up a conversation with future classmates. You can search for classmates by interest, major, or student type — so if you’re looking for transfer students only, they’ll be easy to find.
#2: Attend Transfer Orientation
Although Transfer Orientation consists of a full schedule, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get to know fellow transfer students in your group.
During Orientation, make it a goal to introduce yourself to at least three people from your group. If you feel comfortable, exchange contact info with one another or follow them on social. This will give you an easy way to reach out to them after Orientation. You can then contact them and plan a meet-up at the start of the school year.
#3: Get involved on campus
As a transfer student, you may not be on campus as much as freshmen due to living arrangements or an off-campus job. That’s why getting involved on campus outside of your classes is an important tip to follow.
CSU has hundreds of ways to get involved in whatever interests you.
Join a student club
We have 100s of active clubs that cover a wide range of interests. Browse the options online via RamLink.
Become part of the Greek community
Fraternity and Sorority Life offers a tight-knit community that focuses on service and leadership. Even if you don’t join, you’ll meet a lot of people by rushing/pledging. Also, be sure to check out the Multicultural Greek Council, which focuses on leadership, community, and culture.
Stay active with classmates
Ensuring that our students having ample opportunity to be active and enjoy the outdoors is a priority at CSU. It’s also a great way to meet like-minded classmates. Sign up for an Outdoor Program trip, join an intramural team, sign up for a group fitness class, or join a competitive sport club.
If you have a less flexible schedule, dropping into the volleyball or basketball courts at the Rec Center can be your ticket to making friends. Teams often need an extra player.
#4: Visit our Adult Learner and Veteran Services Center
If you’re a veteran or consider yourself a non-traditional student, we’ve got a place on campus to help you make friends and get support.
The Adult Learner and Veteran Services (ALVS) Center offers groups and activities which allow you to meet like-minded classmates. Attend a weekly group, take part in peer mentoring, attend a football game tailgate, compete in the Veterans Day 5k, or come to the Military Ball. Student parents can also meet others at the Ram Kidz Village — an on-campus activity center for kids.
#5: Make it a point to meet your classmates
On the first day of class, introduce yourself or start a conversation with the person sitting next to you. Set a goal to do this in each one of your classes. You can also move seats and meet a few of your classmates throughout the semester.
Forming or participating in study groups is also a simple way to meet others without feeling awkward or losing your academic focus.
Want in-person advice?
Talking to someone who’s been there can make all the difference. Call or stop into our Transfer Student Center. Each one of our student staff members are current transfer students and would be happy to share their experiences.