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Santa Monica College a Transfer Leader

By Jonathan Friedman
Lookout Staff

November 11, 2009 -- Santa Monica College topped the list of transfer institutions sending students to the University of California system for the 2008-09 school year. This marked the 19th consecutive year SMC was first in that category.

SMC was also the leader on several other transfer lists, including to the UC and California State systems combined, to the University of Southern California and African-American students to the UC system.

"In these difficult times, it's great to see the transfer option is viable and supported by SMC's class offerings and student support services," said Dan Nannini, SMC Transfer Center coordinator, in a press release issued by the college.

Combined UC-CSU transfers from SMC totaled 1,930. This put the school slightly ahead of the next biggest feeder, which sent 1,858.

Those going to UC schools from SMC totaled 919, with the most (516) moving on to UCLA. San Diego, Berkley and Irvine were the next most popular UC destinations. SMC’s transfer amount to UC schools put it far above the competitors, with the closest feeder schools sending 675 and 634 students, respectively.

Thirty-two of the SMC transfers to UC campuses are African-American. SMC also transferred one student this fall to CalTech, which accepts only about six community college students per year. In addition, the college sends about 15 students each year to the Ivy League’s Columbia University in New York.

Nannini said in the SMC press release that the school’s strong transfer record is due to SMC’s ability to keep its transfer reputation in the spotlight. Also, the college recruits good students and giving strong academic counseling to students that helps make them attractive to admissions offices. SMC also has outstanding professors, Nannini said.

Nannini notedthe SMC Transfer Center’s college fair, which he said is one of the largest in the state. This fall, representatives from 110 colleges and universities throughout the nation came to the SMC Transfer Fair to recruit students.

The 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.

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