Transfer Experience

The year-long Transfer Experience begins with Bear Beginnings: Transfer & Exchange Welcome in the fall. Transfer students are offered a variety of on-and off-campus experiences to help them transition to WashU and feel at home in St. Louis!

Transfer Experience Excursions and Programs

Transfer Excursions are designed to connect transfer students to the city of St. Louis, to one another, and help them feel at home at WashU! Previous excursions have included trips to the St. Louis Aquarium, an outdoor ice skating rink, and private bus and walking tours of St. Louis neighborhoods. Additional opportunities will be advertised in the Transfer Bear Bulletin.

Blues Game: Thursday, February 15

Transfer Capstone Dinner with Dr. Anna Gonzalez: Thursday, February 22

Trip to the Missouri Botanical Gardens: Saturday, March 23

Halfway to Graduation Celebration: Wednesday, April 17

TXSM Program

Transfer & Exchange Student Mentors (TXSMs) are upper-division student leaders who assist new transfer and exchange students with their academic, social, and personal transition to Washington University.

TXSMs serve as orientation leaders during Fall Welcome and Winter Welcome, then they serve as peer mentors for the student’s entire first year or study abroad program. Their primary duties are to remind residents about academic deadlines, policies, and resources and to help build community among transfer and exchange student groups.

Student Executive Board Member: Kate Yeo


Sania Ali

Rohan Chintalapudi

Grace Malley

Eva Yakushev

TXSM Hours

TXSM Hours are a university tradition that occur every other week throughout the fall semester, except for breaks, and the spring semester, until spring break. They are time to socialize with your TXSMs and fellow transfer students. They typically involve games, chatting, and community-building events. The timing and location of TXSM Hours will be added soon.

Spring TXSM Hours Schedule:

February 1, 7:00–8:30 p.m. in Ursa’s Fireside

February 15, 7:00–8:30 p.m. in Ursa’s Fireside

February 28, 7:00–8:30 p.m. in Ursa’s Fireside

Transfer Bear Bulletin

The Transfer Bear Bulletin is an e-Newsletter transfer students receive throughout their first year at WashU.  Newsletters will focus on important dates, deadlines, events on-and off-campus, and notices from Student Transitions & Family Programs.