Transfer Day brings attention to strategies


Cody Casares / The Advocate

Engineering major Robert Garcia speaks with Cal State-San Bernardino representative Adra Bowman during the College Day event in the Campus Center Plaza on Tuesday.

By Karla Juarez, Advocate Staff

Students received information about transfer from representatives from UCs, CSUs and private colleges during Transfer Day on Oct. 4 in the Campus Center Plaza.

Students interested in transferring had the chance to ask representatives questions about requirements, programs and other opportunities available at the university of their choice. More than 30 college representatives had booths set up with information about their colleges to offer Contra Costa College students help with their transfer process and to draw interest to their individual colleges.

“I think it (Transfer Day) is important for students to see that there are a lot of different options and to find out about what kind of financial aid is offered (at the university of their choice),” ESL department Chairperson Elisabeth Xiezopolski said.

She said students should ask a lot of questions to find a college that is most fitting for them and “not (consider) just the colleges that everyone says, ‘That’s the famous university, so you have to go there.’ Because it may not be the right school for (the student).”

“It’s really important to ask a lot of questions, do a lot of research and find the right match for (the student). And that’s why Transfer Day gives (students) all these different choices all in one day,” Xiezopolski said.

Business and sociology major Isabel Ramos said, “This is the first time I’ve participated in (Transfer Day) and I already went to two tables. It is been very helpful — especially Cal State-East Bay. They gave me a lot of information regarding my majors.”

“Today I learned the requirements I need in order to double major,” Ramos said. “I think Transfer Day is important because it gives us more resources and information about the requirements we need (to fulfill) in order to transfer.”

Nikia Moore, enrollment counselor from Holy Names University, said the requirements to be admitted to her college are a minimum 2.2 GPA and 22 transferable units completed.

“We have a lot of support programs, like tutoring and disability services. We also offer carrier services, so if students are looking to find internships, we have someone who can help them with that,” Moore said.

UC Davis Transfer Opportunity Program Coordinator Renelle Green said Transfer Day is important for students because it gives them the opportunity to see the differences between schools and finding the one most fitting for them to attend.

Green said, “(UC Davis) has a lot of clubs that support underrepresented students.” UC Merced representative Carolina Valero said applications to her college are open now, and students can submit them up until Nov. 1.

She said UC Merced supports all of its students, and even has a center for AB 540 (qualifying nonresident students exempt from paying out-of-state tuition through Assembly Bill 540) students.

Valero said if students are interested in doing research or an internship, UC Merced is partnered up with UC Berkeley and UC Davis.

She said, “Transfer Day (at CCC) is important for community college students because they can meet the person that might review his/her application.”