MESA hosts transfer event for stem students

By Adonia Burciaga

East Los Angeles College’s Mathematics, Engineering, Science and Achievement Program advises students on what to consider when selecting a transfer school.
Elizabeth Reyna MESA’s STEM Coach said there are many wonderful universities in California students could choose from, like the University of Southern California, University California Davis, Pepperdine University, University California of Los Angeles and Stanford University.
“The factors that should be considered are academic environment, career opportunities, resources and financial aid. There are different four years to choose from such as CSUs, UCs and private universities,” said Reyna.
Academics are essentially the majors, graduation rate, class size and quality.
“Campuses like USC have fairly smaller classes in which students can build connections with professors for things and ask for letters of recommendations,” Reyna said.
Students should also consider if a campus offers job prospects, networking, career services, graduate and professional school.
“Career opportunities should be highly considered because that will determine if students will get hired after graduation, help students get internships, work experience and provide support for graduate school applications”
Campus environments are things like housing, student organizations, location, extracurriculars, how safe the campus is, demographic and work-study.

CSU’s Academic requirements are:
-Completing 60 transferable units
-Completing the golden four which are English language, oral communication, critical thinking and mathematics/quantitive reasonings.
-Completing the rest of the general education courses and major prerequisite courses are required:
UC Academic Requirements
-Complete 60 semesters(90 quarter) units of transferable college credit with a GPA of at least 2.4 (2.8 for nonresidents)
-Complete the following course pattern requirements: Two transferable college courses (3 semesters or 4-5 quarter units each) in English composition,
one transferable college course (3 semester or 4-5 quarter units) in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning.
Our transferable college courses (3 semesters or 4-5 quarter units each) are chosen from at least two of the following subject areas: the arts and humanities, the social and behavioral sciences the physical and biological sciences, plus major prerequisite
“Acceptance rates for private universities and public universities should be highly considered. Meeting the required grade point average is great but performing higher would increase your chances of being accepted to a prestigious campus” Reyna said.
Students can book an appointment with a counselor or with Elizabeth Reyna for Academic Advising at

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