For the 16th consecutive year, Santa Monica College (SMC) held on to its number one position in the transfer of students to the University of California (UC) system in 2005-06.

SMC was also the leader in transfers to the University of California and California State University systems combined, as well as transfers by Latinos to the UC system.

The college sent 903 students to UC campuses in 2005-06. The number-two feeder, De Anza College in the San Francisco Bay area, sent 656 students to UC campuses and Santa Barbara City College sent 581.

“We attract students who work hard and focus on transfer and we provide the instruction and counsel necessary to get our students into top-notch colleges and universities,” said Dan Nannini, SMC Transfer Center coordinator.

In addition:

n Transfers of Latinos to UC systems totaled 109, compared to the next highest, 98, by Riverside College. Transfers of African American students to UC systems totaled 20, one fewer than the number one campus, De Anza College.

n Transfers to the California State University (CSU) system increased from 1,256 to 1,266, a historically high number that pushed SMC into third place from sixth place the previous year.

n Combined UC-CSU transfers totaled 2,169, keeping SMC in the number one spot, ahead of De Anza College’s 1,936 total.

n The transfer figure to the University of Southern California (USC) for Fall 2006 was 180, up from last year’s 163. The number-two feeder, Pasadena City College, sent 74 students to USC. SMC has long been the leader in transfers to the private USC.

n Transfer to schools throughout the United States continues to be strong, with SMC students going to such campuses as Columbia, Stanford, Juilliard, and Howard University, a historically black school.

UCLA continues to be the most popular destination for SMC students, with more than half of the UC transfers — 515 — going to the Westwood campus. Berkeley, Irvine, and San Diego are the next most popular destinations, in that order.

Nannini attributed Santa Monica College’s strong transfer record to a range of factors — 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 has a strong transfer counseling record. SMC’s Transfer Center conducts workshops, hosts one of the largest college fairs in the state, holds weekly visits from four-year institutions, and has a close working relationship with UC and CSU to make sure SMC students get credit for their classes.