Santa Monica College is number one in transferring
its students to the University of California, according to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office which
recently released the 2012-13 data for community college students
transferring to the University of California and to
the California State University systems. This the the 23rd year in a row that SMC has held this feat.
The numbers also show that Santa Monica College is tops for the third
consecutive year in transferring African American and Latino students to the University of California.
In 2012-13, SMC sent a total of 1,057 students to UC campuses, far
outpacing the next three feeder schools.
transfers to the UC system included 31 African American students
and 141 Latino students. This is the third year that SMC has increased
its number of UC-transferring Latino students, up from 129 in 2011-12,
and 117 in 2010-11.
Other statistics for 2012-13 demonstrate why Santa Monica College
is considered the premier transfer institution in California:
Santa Monica College continues to hold one of the top
spots in combined transfers to the UC and California State University
systems, despite the decision by CSU Northridge – the top CSU transfer
choice for SMC students
– to reduce its acceptance of transfers this year. SMC sent 1,911
students to UC and CSU, significantly more than the 1,700 from the third
largest feeder school.
SMC is in first place yet again in transfers to the
University of Southern California (USC). In fall 2013, 160 SMC students
transferred to USC, nearly three times as many students as the number
two feeder school.
SMC is also holding its position as the top source for transfers to Loyola Marymount University (LMU).
SMC President Dr. Chui L. Tsang said the college was very excited about the latest transfer data.
“These numbers reflect our year-after-year commitment to preparing
students for transfer to four-year universities, and our continuing
effort to help even more students advance their education to the next
level,” Dr. Tsang said.
Transfer Center Faculty Leader
Dan Nannini, who also serves as President of the Western
Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC), mentioned several
reasons for SMC’s strong transfer record.
“The support of great
counseling faculty and
staff, outstanding teaching faculty and college administrators, and the
greater Santa Monica community all combine to help keep our institution
in the forefront of the transfer mission,” said Nannini. “SMC also
hosts the largest college fair in the state as
part of our effort to make SMC students attractive to admissions
added that SMC’s Transfer/Counseling Center is participating
in the redesign of a statewide website that provides transfer
information to students and counselors.
SMC’s Transfer Center also
conducts workshops, holds weekly visits from four-year institutions, and
has a close working relationship with UC and CSU to make
sure SMC students get credit for their classes.
students can be found enrolled at every single UC campus this
year. UCLA continues to be the most popular destination by far for SMC
students, with more than 46 percent of the UC transfers – 490 – going to
the Westwood campus. UC Berkeley came in second with 173 transfers,
followed by the UC Irvine and UC Santa Cruz
SMC also transfers students to public and private universities around
the world, including Stanford, Columbia, and Cornell.
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