Psychological Counseling Center

Transfer Students

Dear Transfer Students,

Welcome to SUNY New Paltz! Adjusting to living and learning in a new place can definitely be hard, even as it’s exciting at the same time. It’s very common for transfer students to feel something called “transfer shock”, which can include a feeling of social disorientation as you navigate a different school culture and different support services, and a possible temporary dip in grades as you adjust to a different academic landscape. While some students navigate the change just fine, you are not alone if you are struggling!

The PCC offers specialized services to transfer students, and our staff is knowledgeable about the common difficulties that can arise when changing schools. We are here to help, whether to just talk about your process of adjusting, or to assist in finding resources to help make the transition easier. We see you trying and we are here to support you in your success!

For a compilation of wisdom on how to navigate the adjustment, check out the tips listed in our Thriving vs. Surviving document.


Here at SUNY New Paltz there are many programs here to help you and ways to get involved on campus.

Group Counseling: This is a great way to meet with other peers at SUNY New Paltz that feel the same way and have similar concerns that you do. Groups sessions can help you grow, can remind you that you’re not alone in how you feel, and remind you that it's ok to talk to other students about it.

Living Learning Community: This program is designed to help transfer students engage community, network with peers and faculty, and it provides in-depth, valuable academic and co-curricular experiences. This can be a great way to branch out and help you make connections to the campus. More information can be found by clicking the link above.

The Center for Student Engagement: This is an inclusive way to get involved in campus activities and groups, as well as to find leadership positions and new student programs. More information is in the link.

Group Exercise: This can be a great way to be active with a group and make connections in a less formal and more recreational environment.