ELAC transfer fair to help students

By Rogelio Alvarez

East Los Angeles College Transfer Center will have a University Transfer Fair on Wednesday Sept. 23rd from 10:00 am-1:00 pm on the walkway between Parking Structure 3 and the Swim Stadium.

Representatives from the University of California (UC) system, California State Universities (CSU), private and out-of-state universities will be available to inform students on transfer requirements.

The Transfer Fair has offered ELAC students the opportunity to talk to admission representatives about any questions concerning transfer requirements.

Students hoping to transfer to a UC school, can take advantage of the UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Program.

ELAC Transfer Center provides assistence with creating and using the UC TAG account which can be accessed at https://uctag.universityofcalifornia.edu/. The Transfer Center also has information regarding UC TAG assistance on ELAC’s website.

“The UC TAG Program is offered at 6 out of the 9 UC campuses. The six schools participating in the program are UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside and UC Merced. These six universities offer a special agreement with transferring community college students that meet eligibility requirements who are then guaranteed admission,” said Carmen Soto an adjunct faculty member in counseling.

Each university had different transfer eligibility requirements for different majors. Students who are undecided majors have the opportunity of seeing different majors and discipline programs offered at various universities.

The University Transfer Fair is a chance for students to network with representatives and ask questions about the campus student life and housing, tuition fees and application filing periods.

College representatives will be giving out flyers about their respective campuses, business cards, pens and even keychains.

The application filing period for CSU’s will begin on October 1st and ends on November 30th. Students attending the the transfer fair benefit from receiving helpful advice on their applications. Networking with admission officers can become influential references for entry application.

The UC application filing period opens on November 1st and the deadline is on November 30th. Students participating in the transfer fair have a headstart on their UC applications.

College representatives provide guidance on what to include and avoid on college application submissions.

“Some students aren’t as aware of these transfer workshops and fairs in advance as they should be. Some students come fresh out of high school and might not be thinking about transferring yet, it will be helpful for them to know about this offerings so that they can plan towards their transfer requirements,” said Soto.

Students who have questions regarding transferring should visit the the Transfer center located in Student Services building right next to the financial aid office.

“We’re open from 8 a.m. to 7:00 monday to thursday and on fridays from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Students can come in anytime. All of our staff is trained to help students fill out applications and answer any of their questions,” Soto said.

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