The University of California admitted a record number transfer students in the fall of 2018, most from California, bringing its California undergraduate numbers higher than at any point in its history.
According to data published online on the University of California office of the president website, From 2017-2018 UC systems saw an 8.14 percent increase in California transfer student admissions. Of those 28,755 total transfer students, over 26,000 came from California community colleges.
In an effort to expand access for California residents, the UC System anticipates it will surpass its goal of admitting an additional 10,000 Californians by end of the 2018-2019 school year, according to University of California office of the president website.
Research shows that for the fall 2018 semester UC systems admitted a total of 24,568 California community college transfer students. UC’s current transfer student enrollment is at an all-time high and will continue to grow, according to UCOP.
California community college students who are considering applying to a UC campus should begin a UC Transfer Admission Planner account their first semester in college, said Maristella Bacod, City College’s transfer coordinator, or as soon as they choose to pursue transfer admission into a UC.
According to the University of California’s admissions page, there are two different programs designed to assist students in the transfer process. The Transfer Admission Planner (TAP) and the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG).
The TAP is an online tool used to assist students in tracking their progress toward meeting UC admission requirements. Students log their coursework and grades every semester, and the TAP tool will calculate the GPA required to transfer and provides a summary of courses that satisfies minimum UC requirements.
The UC TAP tool is important because it’s also the application to submit a UC Transfer Admission Guarantee, according to Bacod. When the time comes for a student to apply to a UC, all coursework and grades from the TAP can be uploaded into the UC application, saving the student the time and trouble of re-entering their coursework and grades.
There are six UC campuses that accept the TAG: Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz, according to Bacod.
“Each UC campus determines their TAG criteria — such as GPA,” Bacod said in an email. “For example, UC Irvine requires a 3.4 UC GPA while UC Santa Cruz requires a 3.2 UC GPA.”
City College student Juan Alvarez Mendoza is currently studying two majors, communications and sociology, as well as a minor in Spanish and plans to transfer to UC Davis spring 2019. Mendoza has participated in the TAG program to gain admittance to UC Davis and is completing his final classes this semester. While there are a variety of different colleges as transfer options, Mendoza sees the UC route as a welcomed challenge.
“I learn best when I’m challenged, and I personally feel that I will have more opportunities upon graduating from a UC system,” Mendoza said.
There are many resources at City College for students wishing to transfer, according to Bacod, many student outreach programs aim to increase transfer outcomes such as MESA, Puente Project, Umoja-SBA, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, and the Respect, Integrity, Self-determination & Education.
In addition to these programs, City College’s Transfer Center offers services for students wishing to transfer, including visits with UC representatives, various workshops and campus tours. In the fall, the Transfer Center coordinates “Transfer Day” where over 60 university representatives visit City College to provide information to students about transfer requirements and information about programs at their university.
The staff in the Transfer Center work together as a team to provide students with the information and support needed to understand the transfer process, according to Bacod, and welcomes all students whose goal is to transfer.
“The goal of the Transfer Center remains the same, to provide current transfer information to help students know their options and opportunities when transferring to a university,” Bacod said.
Knowledge is power, according to Mendoza, and he said he wants to use that power for the greater good. “I strive to change the world—that’s what I want to do,” Mendoza said.
“I want to empower my community, educate my community and unify my community. In order for me to be able to do so I need to be in a place which is diverse and a place that can help me get to where I want to be.”
Originally published at http://saccityexpress.com/uc-transfer-numbers-reach-record-high/