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  1. This session will cover: • UC’s commitment to transfer: our successes • How transfer works • “Best advice” for prospective transfer students • Information resources • Counselor feedback

  2. Who should consider transfer? Any student can benefit from starting his or her path to a UC degree at a California Community College Students choosethe transfer path for many reasons: • Haven’t decided on academic or career goals • Haven’t met requirements for freshman admissions • Aren’t ready or able to leave home • Want the affordability of community college • Want additional academic preparation or exploration in specific academic areas

  3. Transfer and the California Master Plan for Higher Education • CA Master Plan for Higher Education specifies: • UC offers priority admission to all UC-eligible California Community Colleges’ (CCC) students • To ensure spaces for CCC transfers, the University of California will achieve an enrollment ratio of 60% upper-division to 40% lower-division students • The best path to transfer to UC is via the CCC

  4. UC Welcomes Transfer Students • 90% of all admitted transfer students are from a CCC • 1/3 of UC bachelor’s degrees go to transfer students • UC offers a space to every UC-eligible CCC student • Seven campuses offer transfer admission guarantees – UCLA and Berkeley do not • The University increased its new transfer enrollment target by 500 two years in a row • Long-term plan is slow growth of new transfer students

  5. Most Transfer Students Satisfied With Their UC Experience 2008 Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES)

  6. UC Student Retention & Graduation Rates

  7. Admission to UC as a Transfer Student • Minimum eligibility requirements for transfer • 60 transferable units • 2.4 college GPA • 7-course pattern with a grade of C or better • In addition, transfer applicants should complete: • Lower-division general education requirements • Lower-division major preparation courses

  8. The Importance of Major Preparation • Unlike freshmen, transfers enter halfway into a college degree • Therefore, UC is looking not only for general education classes, but also for significant work within the major • In many cases, the completion of lower division major preparation should be a higher priority than General Education (GE) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) • Advise students thinking about the CCC transfer route to begin focusing on their choice of major

  9. ‘Best Advice’ for High School Students While in High School: • Improve college readiness: take rigorous courses • Research your options • Enroll in community college on time • Attend full time, work part time • Decide on a major and campus by sophomore year • Use academic advisers, Transfer Center Directors, and UC representatives to develop a transfer plan early While in Community College:

  10. Tips for Transfer Success in CCC #1 Improve college readiness: take rigorous college prep courses throughout high school • Take math all four years in high school • Take advantage of early assessments • CSU’s Early Academic Assessment exams in English and mathematics • Community college assessment/placement exams • Concurrent enrollment opportunities enable students to experience college while in high school • Take advantage of community college summer sessions following high school graduation

  11. Tips for Transfer Success in CCC #2 Research your options • Not all CCCs offer the same programs or opportunities • Some CCCs offer more transferable courses in a major(s) #3 Enroll in community college on time! • Competition for CCC courses is increasing • The CCC matriculation process has several steps that should be completed during the spring semester of 12th grade in order to register for classes when summer/fall registration opens

  12. Tips for Transfer Success in CCC #4 Attend full time, work part time • Three strong predictors for success: (1) full-time enrollment (2) continuous enrollment (3) work no more than 15 hours per week • Helps to utilize financial aid efficiently

  13. Tips for Transfer Success in CCC #5 Decide on a major and campus no later than the start of sophomore year at CCC • Know which UC campus(es) and major(s) you want to target and which have transfer guarantee programs • Follow recommended curriculum for major (including competitive GPA) • Be sure General Education pattern you follow is appropriate for intended major, campus

  14. Tips for Transfer Success in CCC #6 Work closely with academic advisers, Transfer Center Directors, and UC representatives to develop a transfer plan early • Develop, then follow a plan and update it regularly • ASSIST (www.assist.org) and UC’s Transfer Preparation Paths (http://uctransfer.universityofcalifornia.edu) are helpful but no substitute for personal academic advisement • Review the information on the website of the UC campuses you are interested in transferring to

  15. Steps for Enrolling in CCC * Mandatory matriculation steps 15 • Complete and submit a CCC application* • Or more than one! • Take the assessment exam* • New student orientation* • Register for classes* • Meet with a CCC counselor* • Pay registration fees • Student support services • Apply for financial aid • Visit CCC to process aid • Monitor Cal Grant B utilization to save for 4-yr • Go full time, if possible, to efficiently use aid • AB540 Affidavit (as needed)

  16. Information Resources • www.CCCApply.org • http://uctransfer.universityofcalifornia.edu/ • Counselors’ Resource Website: www.universityofcalifornia.edu/educators/counselors • UC Systemwide Admissions Website:www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions • ASSIST: www.assist.org

  17. Campus Selection Criteria • Berkeley: http://students.berkeley.edu/admissions/transfer.asp • Davis: http://admissions.ucdavis.edu/admissions/tr_selection_process.cfm • Irvine: www.admissions.uci.edu/resources/transfer_selection.html • Los Angeles: www.admissions.ucla.edu/transfer • Merced: http://transfers.ucmerced.edu/ • Riverside: http://my.ucr.edu/admissions/Pages/pathsAdmission.aspx#transfer • San Diego: www.ucsd.edu/prospective-students/transfers/ • Santa Barbara: www.admissions.ucsb.edu • Santa Cruz: https://admissions.sa.ucsc.edu/apply/transfer_guide.cfm