Oxnard College’s First Year Experience Program paired up with OC’s Associated Student Government for an inspirational and informative visit to top transfer destination: UCLA – the University of California, Los Angeles.
UCLA is a great four-year option for OC students. Currently, the university accepts upwards of a quarter of all California community college (CCC) applicants to the campus. In total, CCC transfers account for more than 35 percent of UCLA’s undergraduate enrollment. This figure is expected to increase in coming years as the University of California continues to streamline its transfer pathways. As of 2015, thirty percent of all incoming UC undergraduates were transfer students, and 90 percent of them came from a California community college. More than half of CCC UC transfers are first-generation or low-income college students.
This group has clearly demonstrated their value to the UCs. Once enrolled, they do just as well as those who started as first-years. Of all UC graduates, over thirty percent come from a California community college, and nearly half those graduating with a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are CCC transfers. (Stats via the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, Key Facts).
So how to move from OC to UCLA? Some advice from the University’s admissions reps:
- Fill out your application to a tee – don’t miss deadlines, signatures or follow-up paperwork.
- Review UCLA’s most popular undergraduate majors. These are the most impacted and tend to be the most difficult to transfer into. If you really want to go to UCLA, consider opting for a less sought-after area of study. For example, you could choose English Literature instead of English. This will help your chances of admission.
- While your personal statement is important, it doesn’t necessarily impact your application. At UCLA, it’s all about your GPA, major, how you’ve done academically in your prerequisite courses, and whether you’ve completed all transfer requirements.
- Aim for at least a 3.0 GPA (the higher the better, of course).
For opportunities to join upcoming transfer tours, please contact Gabriella Rodriguez, Associated Student Government Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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