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Universities flock to quad for summit

Transfer Day draws crowd, shows options

By Lamar James, associate editor
On November 2, 2011

  • Students Imanie Keeling (left) and Caitlin Cadwalla obtain information from Marcella Anthony, Stanford University community outreach program manager, at Transfer Day held in the CCC quad on Oct. 11. George Morin / The Advocate

Jessica Jaime was confused about her college transfer plans. She said she wanted to go to a college close by because that's all she knew.

"I had my mind set to go (to a college) near here, because I never had a chance to communicate with any other colleges," Jaime said.

But when more than 25 college and university representatives lined the quad offering transfer information to students during Transfer Day on Oct. 11, her choices expanded.

She said the variety of universities on campus for the event gave her a broader choice, and after seeing the choices she has she will not only apply to colleges in the Bay Area, but to ones out of the area as well.

"This is a really good turnout," counselor Andrea Phillips said. "We have more than 25 colleges (represented) so that we can give students variety."

Information was readily available to students as representatives set up tables and spread out fliers and pamphlets about the colleges and universities they were representing. Some of the universities there included UC Berkeley, San Francisco State, Humboldt State, Stanford University and various private colleges.

Phillips, one of the Transfer Day organizers, said there were a lot of colleges that signed on and wanted to be a part of the event.

She said she was pleased with the number and variety of colleges represented and hoped the event would spark student interest.

Phillips said Transfer Day went well and the constant flow of students going to tables showed the necessity of the event so students can find alternatives to the colleges they may already be considering.

"They are here answering students' questions about transferring and giving them information so they can know what that college has to offer," Phillips said.

Maria Josue, outreach specialist for National University, a private institution, said the students were inquisitive about the school and getting information that pertains to getting into a university of their choice.

"We want to open up a new channel so that students can know they have a choice to either go to a public university or go to a privatized college, such as this one," Josue said.

She said many students often overlook private colleges because they think they are more expensive. She said National University is non-profit; all money made via tuition or fees is generated back into the college for student services.

Student Jennifer Duncil said the information from the representatives helped in her quest to find the college of her dreams.

"I have talked with a few representatives from numerous colleges and they all have something different to offer," Duncil said. "I just have to find the best one that suits my interests and that will offer me the best program for my major."

She said she thinks the college should have the event once a semester instead of once a year so that students will know what's out there and start preparing for transfer earlier.

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