UC Discussing Possible Increase in Opportunity for Community College Transfers

The University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano announced on March 7 that the UC system is working on increasing guaranteed admission to all qualified community college students. 

According to the uniRank 2018 California University Ranking, UC Berkeley is ranked second, UCLA third and Irvine fifth, while the other six UC campuses are ranked within the top 12. Because the UC has one of the top quality systems in the country, this may affect many community college students who are considering applying to UC campuses.

Matsutaka Okumoto, a sophomore at Santa Monica College majoring in business, said that he had never thought about transferring to UC until he heard the news. 

Since the UC sets their transfer requirement at a GPA of at least 2.4 for residents and 2.8 for non-resident students, while California State Universities (CSU) accept students with a GPA of at least 2.0 for all transfers, many students tend to give up on going to UC schools.

“I might get into UC, but I’m not sure I can keep work on a bunch of research papers,” Okumoto said. 

It seems many students are also afraid of not being able to graduate within two years after their transfer while others are graduating at other schools. The UCLA graduation rate statistic shows that only 67.6-percent of students who transferred in 2015 graduated within two years.

However, according to the L.A. Times, Napolitano also said that she's asked campus chancellors to work on increasing the rate of students graduating in four years to 70 percent by the year 2030, so there is room for new students to enroll in classes. The University of California official website indicates that the number of undergraduate students enrolled in Fall terms has been increasing every year since 2004. Last fall, the UC system saw 216,747 students enrolled in undergraduate programs.

SMC's official website shows that the school had the highest rate of transfers to UC campuses in 2016-17 with 1,194 students transferred. This statistic has held true for the last 26 years, and SMC preaches this in their advertisements for the school. 

Specifically to UCLA, 1,932 SMC students applied for the 2017 fall semester, and 35 percent of them were admitted. With the UC raising their guaranteed admission rate, many students at SMC may begin to increase their interests toward transferring to UC campuses.

SMC offers workshops during the semester for help in transferring to UC schools by providing detailed information on financial aid, preparation, admission, application, tips, and steps to take after admission. They even have a workshop for those who are denied admission to teach students how to appeal to the UC to reconsider such decisions.

For more information, go to http://www.smc.edu/StudentServices/TransferServices/Workshops/Pages/UC-System.aspx