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Minnesota State University, Mankato benefits enormously from the talents of the students who transfer here from other institutions. It is important to understand their stories, their needs, and the resources that the institution can provide to best facilitate their success here. To that end, this document will discuss the research about transfer student achievement generally, and then move to our own processes and statistical description of these students and their experiences here as is seen through the Noel Levitz and NSSE data on transfer students as it relates to advising. Advising is critical to student success in general and particularly as it assists transfer students. The bulk of this document is in the result of three surveys: of students, of Mankato’s Student Relations Coordinators and Department Chairs, and a survey of advisors at sending institutions.



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