Santa Monica College continued to be the number-one transfer campus to the prestigious University of California system, UC-Cal State systems combined and the University of Southern California in 2011-12.
This past year, SMC transferred a total of 1,076 students to UC schools. This is the 22nd consecutive year that SMC has been the No. 1 transfer institution to the UC campuses, according to an SMC spokesman.
The community college outpaced the No. 2 and No. 3 feeder schools, Northern California’s De Anza College, which had 804 transfers, and Diablo Valley with 682. UCLA continues to be by far the most popular destination for SMC students, with 44 percent of the UC transfers.
SMC also was the leader in transferring African-American and Latino students to UC, with a particularly significant increase for African-American students compared to the previous year.
“Santa Monica College shows year after year its commitment to transfer but is always striving to get even more students into four-year universities,” said SMC President Dr. Chui L. Tsang.
Transfer Center Faculty Leader Dan Nannini says there are several reasons for SMC’s strong transfer record: keeping SMC’s transfer reputation in the spotlight, recruiting good students, giving strong academic counseling to students that helps make them attractive to admissions offices, and outstanding professors.
In addition, Nannini pointed out that the college’s Transfer Center hosts the largest college fair in the state. This fall, representatives from 140 colleges and universities throughout the world came to the SMC Transfer Fair to recruit students.
The college also maintained its hold on first place in transfers to USC, from 168 students in fall 2011 to 221 in fall 2012. (USC reports transfers only for the fall). That was close to triple the number of the next highest-ranking transfer institution to USC, which had 82.
SMC also transfers students to public and private universities throughout the world, including Stanford, Columbia and Cornell.