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Transfer Student Center


UCI's Transfer Student Center provides programs and services for transfer students that affirms their value to the UCI community and increases their visibility on our campus. Our programs and services are designed to:

  • GUIDE students as they transition into UCI, throughout their time here, and beyond
  • INFORM students of resources, programs, opportunities, etc.
  • SUPPORT students through one-on-one meetings, advocating for student needs and concerns, etc., and
  • CONNECT students to each other by providing a central meeting place (our office) for studying and socializing, as well as through our various programs and events that bring transfers together.

For details about our Spring 2014 efforts review the Programs, Services and Initiatives tab or read our newsletter.

Are you a newly admitted transfer student? Once you have confirmed that you will be coming to UCI by submitting your SIR (Statement of Intent to Register), log onto the Transfer Pre-Orientation website at orientation.uci.edu/tpow – there will be loads of information here to help you plan for summer advising and your first year as a UCI undergraduate student.



Student Achievements

Highlighting the achievements of transfer students at UCI.

Dean Sharon Salinger
Click here for the
Dean of Undergraduate Education Message to
Transfer Students



 Current Transfers

 Prospective Transfers


Our Staff


Click on the image below to
hear why recent transfers decided to come to UC Irvine.


Connect with us:



What is new on our website (updated 6/2/14):

  • Are you a student in need of food? View the Resources tab for details about the CalFresh program.
  • Check out the Resources tab for new financial resources information provided by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
  • View the Resources page for financial information provided by the U.S. Department of Education.








Dr. Natalie Schonfeld


Natalie has worked at UC Irvine for nearly 15 years, including three years in the Division of Undergraduate Education doing assessment and research on undergraduate engagement and success at UCI. She received her B.A. from Pomona College, where she double majored in Government and French Literature, and her Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in Educational Studies. Her dissertation addressed the relationship between race, ethnicity, & immigration status and student success in higher education. Natalie is committed to issues of access and student success in higher education and works to help students develop the confidence and discipline to complete their undergraduate education.

Melissa Martinez


Melissa joined the UC Irvine family in 2010 and has worked in higher education since 2007. She earned her B.A. from California State University, Fullerton where she majored in Liberal Studies. She also earned her Master's Degree in Higher Education from the same campus. Melissa's student development interest areas include student transition, academic and social self-confidence, and feelings of marginality, mattering, and validation.

Arlene Vargas


Arlene transferred from her local community college to California State University, Long Beach (GO BEACH!!) where she earned a B.A. in Psychology. She holds a Masters of Science in College Counseling & Student Services from California State University, Northridge (CSUN).  Her experience in paraprofessional advising, mentoring, student development, and her sincere interest in connecting and supporting students in their endeavors is what fuels her to make a positive impact in the realm of higher education.

Peer Educators

To connect with a Peer Educator, e-mail them at tscpeer@uci.edu

Linh Le

Major/minor: Political Science and Anthropology.

Transferred from: Orange Coast College.

Involvement: Member of Pi Sigma Alpha; Secretary of UCI's Global Zero; Anthropology and Political Science honor programs participant.

Margarita Ramirez

Major/minor: Psychology and Social Behavior with a minor in Education.

Transferred from: Santa Ana College.

Involvement: Summer research project with Prof. Sengupta; National Society of Leadership & Success member; Social Ecology ACCESS Program mentor; Administrative Assistant for the UCI American Indian Resource Center.

Julee Yoo

Major/minor: Political Science.

Transferred from: Irvine Valley College.

Involvement: Serves as a mentor and commissioner for the Antleader Mentorship Program;  Anteater's Habitat for Humanity board member; Retention Coordinator at Student Outreach and Retention (SOAR) Center; ASUCI SOAR liaison; Tau Sigma member and Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences.

Nayanjot Kaur

Major/minor: Business Administration specializing in Accounting.

Transferred from: Ohlone College.

Involvement: Director of Alumni Relations and Undergraduate Business Association Treasurer; Member of the following: Tau Sigma

Honor Society, Accounting Association, Sikh Student Association, Community and Leadership Program.

LaShonda Carter

Major/minor: English with African American Studies minor.

Transferred from: Cerritos College.

Involvement: Current writing tutor at UCI's Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication.

Jessica Alvarado

Major/minor: Psychology and Social Behavior.

Transferred from: Chaffey Community College.

Involvement: Corps member of Jumpstart; Psychology Student Association Community Service Chair; Research with Dr. Kimberly Lakes on the relationship between infant babies and parents.


Transfer Student Center

Open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

2200 Student Services II
(Building 105 on the Campus Map)
Irvine, CA 92697-1850
Phone (949) 824-1142

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