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Looking for Students with CCC to UC Transfer Success Stories or Transfer Specialists

mb1721mb1721 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
Hi all,
I'm a college freshman (c/o 2021) I'm currently in the process of trying to transfer from a CCC to a UC, specifically UCSB.
I'm not really in touch with anyone who's very knowledgeable on the CCC to UC transfer process so I'm researching everything on my own, but it would really help to get to talk to some of you who may have gone through the CCC path and gotten into the UC you wanted! If that is you, please comment in this thread on what you did to get to where you wanted or message me as it would be very helpful :)

If you are not a student but someone who knows the transfer process very well, please also message me or comment in the thread. I need guidance on courses to take and what to do to be a competitive transfer applicant.

P.S. The more detailed the better!

Replies to: Looking for Students with CCC to UC Transfer Success Stories or Transfer Specialists

  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 62,859 Senior Member
    edited August 28
    For course planning, see http://www.assist.org .

    For an idea of how selective various UCs are for transfer admissions, see https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/infocenter/transfers-major .

    Some UC campuses have TAG programs. See http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/transfer/guarantee/index.html .
  • stardustmomstardustmom Registered User Posts: 160 Junior Member
    Santa Barbara Community College is considered a "feeder school" for UCSB. Many students going there intend to transfer. If you can afford to move to SB and attend that school, I'm sure their advisers will help guide you through the process.

    Admit rates from CCCs to UCs are significantly higher than from high schools. If you maintain over a 3.2 from any CCC, you should be fine for UCSB.

    Good Luck!
  • HapworthHapworth Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
    I cannot comment specifically on CA community colleges, but you should be able to find out if your school as automatic admit to certain 4-year colleges and universities. Often, these will be the less competitive public schools, and there's nothing wrong with that. Stardustmom is correct that admission to a competitive school is much easier if you've done solid work for two years at a CC.

    I started at a CC and applied to my in-state flagship, the U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Believe it or not, this Big Ten school is pretty difficult to gain admission to as a high school senior, and because I was an apathetic student in HS, I was not accepted. However, after maintaining a 3.7 GPA the CC, I was accepted easily. In fact, I'm sure that I could have been accepted with a 3.3 or maybe even a 3.0. The proof that one can handle college-level work and successfully complete two years is a strong persuader. I didn't need to submit standardized test scores either. The process was quite simple. I didn't end up attending UIUC (I attended an in-state CTCL LAC instead), but my CC success made the application process to schools a breeze.

    Again, this probably doesn't help you, as I don't have specific experience with CA schools, but I am guessing that some basics are universal (easier to get accepted as a CC transfer than as a HS senior). UCBalumnus has provided a link to transfer percentage rates, with UCSB showing an admit rate of 52% and a GPA range for admitted students between 3.1 and 3.6. Of course, this includes all transfer students, not just CC students. I wonder if a large percentage of that percentage of admitted students is from CCs (probably?). I also wonder if the CC students have a slightly better admit rate if they fall into that GPA range.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 62,859 Senior Member
    In California, most transfer students to UCs and CSUs come from California community colleges.

    For UCSB for fall 2016, 94% of admitted transfer students came from California community colleges, according to http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/campuses/santa-barbara/transfer-profile/index.html .
  • mb1721mb1721 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    I'm looking for Transfer Specialists to be able to regularly contact!
    I would specifically love to get in touch with a specialist particularly for CCC to UC, but anyone who's very knowledgeable in transferring to a UC would be great.
    My transfer advisors at my community college and my counselors are all booked all the time so it's difficult to get my questions answered or even talk to them and I need the guidance on top of doing my own research.
    Please comment or message me!
  • mikemacmikemac Registered User Posts: 9,549 Senior Member
    What CCC do you go to where there are not drop in hours for counseling or a way to make appointments to see a transfer counselor?
  • NCalRentNCalRent Registered User Posts: 4,830 Senior Member
    I am sure there are peoply you can pay to perform that task but, that is the role of your transfer advisor at your CC. They should be able to help you navigate the TAG process. I'd also connect with someone in transfer admissions and ask them to bless your plan.
  • creamofthecropcreamofthecrop Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Transfered from ccc from the Bay Area to uc Davis after 3 years. I didn't do the TAG program or igetc (missing foreign language req). I was accepted with a 3.2 gpa, ended up with exactly 90 units, I even got a D in one of transfer classes by the end of the spring quarter. I'm a sociology major, which I think helped since it's not much of an impacted major. I got in to all the UCs except Berkeley and LA. To be honest I didn't really think I was going to get into majority of the schools because I kind of did "just enough", I didn't join any clubs or do anything that would make me stand out. I didn't even know there was a TAG program until the month I sent in my apps LOL. I think you'll be A okay with getting into ucsb. Good luck!
  • SculptorDadSculptorDad Registered User Posts: 1,780 Senior Member
    You can google "uc transfer consultants" and find them. Year round regular contacts would cost you thousands dollars.
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