Family ties

Mizzou is home to more than 5,000 transfer students including Connor Kyle, a general studies major focusing on business marketing. Learn how Kyle is using his experience as a transfer student to help ease the transition for others new to MU.

Oct. 16, 2023
Contact: Deidra Ashley,

When senior Connor Kyle transferred to the University of Missouri in fall 2022 from Moberly Area Community College (MACC), he was eager to finally begin taking classes geared toward his career aspirations and have access to new campus resources.

Little did he know, he’d one day end up working in a building that his grandfather, former MU Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Charles Schroeder, helped create.

“I got a job at Mizzou’s Transfer Center because I wanted to use my experiences to help others through the transfer process,” Kyle said. “I just recently learned that my grandpa had a hand in creating the Student Success Center, so it’s really cool to be able to work in a building that carries his legacy.”

As National Transfer Student Week begins, read on for a Q&A with Kyle about his Mizzou transfer experience.

Why did you choose Mizzou?

I’m from Columbia and have a lot of family ties to Mizzou, but my main reason for choosing Mizzou is because there are a lot of different programs and student resources that I knew would be available to me that I didn’t have at my community college. As a general studies major, Mizzou has really helped me build a major designed to specifically help me pursue fashion marketing and take all the classes I need to be prepared for my career.

Tell us about your role at the Transfer Center.

The Transfer Center is part of the Student Success Center. Our overarching goal is to help students succeed at Mizzou. At the Transfer Center, I work with students who are transferring, in the process of transferring or have recently transferred. In addition to general assistance, we help them transfer their transcripts, understand how credits work connect with advisors, explore majors and more.

It’s really cool to be able to use my own experience to help people through a similar process I went through.

What is it like having a family connection to the place you work?

It’s honestly a full circle moment for me. My grandfather laid the groundwork for the building, and for me to end up working there is incredible. Obviously, without some of his help, I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today. Overall, I think that being able to help others in a building my grandfather assisted with is amazing and just helps strengthen my ties to Mizzou.

What advice would you give someone considering transferring to Mizzou?

In addition to coming in with an open mind, my biggest piece of advice is to use the resources that we have on campus. The Transfer Center is one of the most important resources available to transfer students because it’s specifically built for them.

National Transfer Student Week events

Oct. 16: Doughnuts at Speakers Circle from noon to 2 p.m.
Oct. 17: TEAM transfer spotlight in Stewart Hall from 6 to 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: Free T-shirts for transfer students at Speakers Circle from noon to 2 p.m.
Oct. 19: TEAM and Tau Sigma Decorate the District at Tiger Barber Shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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