Belonging through transition : understanding the role of transfer students’ sense of belonging in their transition experience.


Research on transfer students is growing, but studies have not looked into the phenomenon of transfer students' sense of belonging. The following study explores this phenomenon in the lives of recent transfer students participating in a transfer-specific living-learning center, the intentions of which include facilitating the development of sense of belonging. This study provides insight into the necessity of developing a sense of belonging for transfer students, its correlation with a positive transition, and how effectively the living-learning center facilitates belonging among its residents.



Transfer students. Sense of belonging. Living-learning. Schlossberg's transition theory.