TRANSFERRINGWITH A PLANRebecca Joseph, PhDrjoseph@firstname.lastname@example.org: getmetocollege freeadvice
Meet Four Amazing StudentsAlma went to a local high school.Had no papers.Didn’t have funds to go to four yearcollege.Went to local community college.Began taking classes right away in herinterest-political science.Began volunteering for an outreachorganization on her campus andjoined the ASI which got herpriority enrollment.Interned in a local non-profit officewith immigrants like her and herparents.Completed all of her requirements andreceived a Jack Kent CookeScholarship that covers two years of4 year college.Now a full time student at USC.
Dan Dan was a dad by the end of highschool. He worked at Target, whiletaking classes at two communitycolleges at night. He discovered his passion forengineering and got aninternship for a privateengineering company. He transferred to UC San Diegothrough EOP.
Arlene Arlene went to a local highschool. She began to work as ateacher’s assistant out of highschool. Had four kids. At age 32, began going tocommunity college. Took part in ROPES, a programfor moms It took her seven years but sheis now a senior at Cal State LA.
Mark Mark went to a local highschool. Had a 2.8 GPA. Started in one remedial Englishclass but took a full load ofclasses at three communitycolleges his first year.Completed his GE classes firstand then his major. Startedinterning in a law office andthen protesting on campus. Gota summer job in a dental office. Now a junior at UCLA.
1. What Do Four Year CollegesWant From CC StudentsAcademics-Grades GE Major PrerequisitesEssaysRecommendations-Professor, Community MembersActivities-Consistency, Development, Leadership,InitiativeSpecial talents, race, culture, obstacles overcome,passions
What Do I Do?Keep a master chart of all requirements.Each college has different prerequisites, and youneed to track the following info.Visit colleges and meet with transferspecialists. Some have transfer days. Attendtransfer workshops at community colleges.
DeadlinesKnow the application and requirement deadlines for eachschool.Some have fall and spring deadlines.Some only have fall. Some take freshmen spring transfers,some take sophomores and juniors, while other take onlyjuniors.The CSUs and UCs are due November 30. You apply the fallof your second year.USC is due February 1 but earlier for some selected majors.
Academics GE and Major requirements Take the assessment test seriously. They affect yourentire CC experience. Only take classes that count. Make sure you confirm drops and withdraws so you don’tget unexpected fails. Make sure you repeat exact classesif you get a grade below a C-.
ASSESSMENT READINESS Review free sample test questions (Provided by the College Board) Review Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra andCollege Level Math sections. If English is not your first language or if you have difficulty communicating or reading inEnglish review Reading Skills and Sentence Meaning sections. iPhone Users may purchase the new ACCUPLACER APP at iTunes Store for$1.99. (Provided by the College Board) Take free Math Diagnostic Exam (ALEKS) - Your ALEKS trial will allow you toexplore the ALEKS Student Module for three hours anytime during the next 48hours. Follow the instructions below for ALEKS Exam Access. (Provided by ALEKSCorporation) Install ALEKS Plug-In Under Student Module Option Click on Try ALEKS Now Button (User Agreement willneed to be accepted to take exam) 1) Enter Name, Email, etc. 2) Select Im a Student, 3) Select Higher Education Math 4)Select Beginning and Intermediate Combined Option
SCHOOL/MAJOR SPECIFIC Check with each school to see their major requirements. Each UC and CalState has its own requirements along with private colleges. www.assist.orgworks for CA public colleges. This provides some major requirements forUCs.http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/transfer/preparation-paths/major/index.html. Privates follow their own rules. Make sure you complete general educationpathways and check with major prerequisites. Unit counts. The UCS and Cal States requires 60 semester (90 quarter) units.Other colleges have different requirements. Count on 15 semester units persemester and 15 quarter units per quarter. You will need to take winter andsummer classes and consider enrolling at multiple schools. Make sure youdon’t go over new UC caps on units. Decided if you want to do a TAG program and its requirements for the oneUC and multiple Cal States. You choose a TAG, after you complete 30 units,have a minimum GPA set by the university, and certain core classescompleted. https://uctag.universityofcalifornia.edu/index.cfm.
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PLANTAKE A MIX OF GE AND MAJOR CLASSESNEVER TAKE TOO MANY HARD CLASSES AT ATIMECHECK OUT PROFESSORSDON’T SUFFER IN CLASSES THAT YOU WON’TDO WELL IN
Get FREE HelpGo to office hours of professorsGo to writing and math centersJoin EOPS or other programs for first gen kids,PUENTE, CARE. CHECK WITH EACH COLLEGEBe part of study groupsJOIN THE SCHOLARS/HONORS PROGRAMS
GET INVOLVEDGet involved on campus—Athletics, Student Government, Work, ServiceVolunteer/Intern in your community or with acertain profession. Go to Career Services office.Work. Be active with work. But don’t let it interferewith your grades.
PAYING FOR CCCC CAL GRANTS ARE DUE SEPTEMBER 2COMPLETE FAFSAGO TO FINANCIAL AID OFFICE AND ASK FORBOG FEE WAIVERS. UNDOCUMENTEDSTUDENTS CAN GET THESE TOO NOWBUDGET FOR BOOKS—OFTEN $150 TO $200 PERCLASS—GO TO LIBRARY, RENT, OR BUY USED.BUDGET AROUND $2000 PER YEAR WITHTUITION AND BOOKS IF NO AID.
Community College StudentsIt is not too late.You get a fresh start.But get into only the classes you need.Get actively involved on and off campus.Attend as many transfer meetings as possible.Top, top kids talk to me about the Jack Kent CookeFoundation.Again, research colleges that take lots of transferstudents.
PREPARE TO TRANSFERWHEN YOU ARE GETTING NEAR 30 UNITS,BEGIN TO PLAN TO TRANSFERATTEND TRANSFER WORKSHOP. UCLA HAS APROGRAM TO HELP TRANSFERS STUDENTSDECIDE IF YOU WANT TO TAG-MATCH UP WITHA PARTICULAR COLLEGEPREPARE POWERFUL ESSAYS ANDAPPLICATIONSGATHER ALL MATERIALS—TRANSCRIPTS,LETTERS OF REC AND MORE
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