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It’s easy to see that Auburn University welcomes its incoming freshmen with open arms. What you might not realize however is that the university rolls out the red carpet for transfer students as well.

Successfully Orienting Students (SOS) and the Auburn University Veterans and Transfer Students Resource Center are programs that are geared towards helping transfer students have a successful Auburn experience.

SOS is the transfer students’ equivalent to Camp War Eagle.  Its aim is to welcome to campus students who have previous college experience. At SOS the students become familiar with the campus and register for classes all in the course of a day.

Cara Benefield a senior majoring in communications attended SOS as a junior. When asked to describe the experience she said, “SOS was very informative and definitely made me feel more confident about transitioning to a much larger academic environment.”

Another resource available to students transferring to Auburn is the Veterans and Transfer Students Resource Center. This facility provides a central location where transfer students can go to have their questions answered. The center can help with matters regarding academics, financial aid and career development.  

A unique thing about the Resource Center is that they keep up with the progress of all transfer students throughout their Auburn career. Even though Benefield is a senior she says that the center still keeps her up to date on help that is available to her. When asked about fellow transfer students’ use of the center she replied, “fellow transfer students have told me that they have really depended on the center and are happy with their experience.” 

Providing a welcoming environment to new students is something that Auburn University prides itself on. Programs like SOS and the Auburn University Veterans and Transfer Students Resource Center show just how much the university values making even the often-unnoticed transfer students feel like a part of the Auburn Family.

The testimonies of the University’s transfer students speak for themselves. Benefield says, “Auburn University is truly a family and I felt welcome from admissions to SOS to my current senior year. I love Auburn and feel that transferring was a great decision for my education.”

The pride and love for Auburn that transfer students have is the same as any other student. Programs specifically for transfer students are responsible for fostering this love of the Auburn Family.

If you are interested in becoming an SOS Orientation Leader or a Camp War Eagle Counselor click here for your application. Applications are due Friday, September 28 at noon in 189 Foy Hall. Sign up today to play a part in welcoming Auburn’s newest family members.


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