Transfer season has begun

It’s November, and that means transfer season has begun.

Transfer Center Director Sunday Salter announced at the Academic Senate meeting that students can now apply for UCs and Cal States until Nov 30. for fall 2018 admission.

“Make sure that if you talk to your students, you ask the question, ‘Hey, are you thinking about transferring next year? Fall 2018? Well, now is the time to apply,’” Salter said.

Salter said that students can come into the Transfer Center for one-on-one support, Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We have a variety of people,” Salter said. “We have our transfer army, and those are either counselors or counselors in training.”

According to Salter, the California State application is new this year and is causing glitches and technical difficulties for students.

“Students are upset, as they should be, but they can come in. We have troubleshot everything you can imagine, so we can help,” Salter said.

Salter said that the Transfer Center offers peer mentors from UCLA and CSUN.

“From UCLA, they are there everyday, just sitting in the lobby, ready to help students,” Salter said.

Counseling Department Chair Alyce Miller said that in addition to the Transfer Center, counselors can also help with applications.

“All counselors are trained to help students with their personal statements or to review to see if they have all their units and everything,” Miller said.

Miller said that sometimes students think that they are ready to transfer, but that is not always the case.

“Because besides applying, it’s also making sure you are ready to transfer. Some students think they are ready to transfer, but they haven’t met their Golden Four, or they are missing some general requirements or they don’t have the 60 units or their major prep by the end of spring. That’s a big piece of it too, which all the counselors can help with,” Miller said.

Director of the Center for Academic Success Crystal Kiekel said that though there are students in the tutoring center who can look over college application essays, that should not replace what the Transfer Center offers.

“That should absolutely not distract from the wonderful services that are going on in the Transfer Center, where you can meet with someone who can go over your essay and look at it really from the perspective of what are the UCs looking for,” Kiekel said.

The next Academic Senate meeting will be on Nov. 20.