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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: October 21, 2004

College Also Leader in Transferring Underrepresented Students

Santa Monica College continued to maintain its No. 1 position in transfer of students to the prestigious University of California system in 2003-04, far outpacing the community college with the second highest transfer numbers.

It was also the leader in transfers to the UC-California State University systems combined, as well as the No. 1 transfer school for underrepresented minorities to the UC system.

SMC sent 900 students to UC campuses in 2003-04, up slightly from the previous school year’s 895. The No. 2 feeder school was Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area with 579.

“Last year’s accomplishment is truly amazing when you realize UCs and CSUs severely curtailed transfer admission in Winter and Spring 2004 because of state budget problems,” said Dan Nannini, SMC Transfer Center coordinator.

In addition, SMC’s:

• Transfers of Latinos to UC totaled 108, compared to the next highest, 76, by East Los Angeles College. Transfers of African American students totaled 31, compared to second-ranked West Los Angeles and Riverside colleges with 20 each.

• Transfers to the Cal State system increased from 1,011 to 1,121, moving the college from the No. 10 transfer institution to No. 4.

• Combined UC-CSU transfers totaled 2,121, marking the first time SMC topped 2,000 and moving SMC into the No. 1 spot.

• Transfer figures to the University of Southern California jumped a significant 18 percent, from 149 in Fall 2003 to 177 in Fall 2004. SMC has long been the leader in transfers to the highly regarded private university.

• Transfer to schools throughout the United States continues to be strong, with SMC students going to such campuses as Cal Tech, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania.

UCLA, UC Irvine and UC Berkeley continue to be the most popular destinations for SMC students. SMC transfers to UCLA in 2003-04 jumped to 529 from 447 in 2002-03, an 18 percent increase.

“I attribute our success to a wide range of people on campus – those who keep SMC’s transfer reputation in the spotlight, the counselors who recruit students, the counselors who advise our students to make them attractive to admissions offices and, of course, our outstanding professors,” Nannini said.

In addition, Nannini pointed out that the college has a strong transfer counseling record. SMC’s Transfer Center conducts workshops, hosts one of the largest college fairs in the state, 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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