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Merced College Can Help Students Transfer To Four-Year Colleges

September 25, 2006

Representatives from many of California’s four-year colleges and universities will visit Merced College on Thursday, Oct. 19 to talk to students about the next step in their college education.

That next step will take them from their community college or high school to a four-year educational institution.

Merced College has scheduled two events, Transfer Day and College Night, to give local students an opportunity to meet with representatives from the state’s University of California and California State University systems, as well as independent and private colleges and universities.

“Transfer Day is geared toward our college students,” said Greg Soto, Merced College’s Transfer Center counselor. “Students should come so that they can expand their knowledge of their academic choices. It’s not everyday that a local student can meet someone from as far away as San Diego State or CSU Monterey Bay.”

College Night takes a similar route but is geared more toward local high school students, Soto said.

“We want to give our local students every opportunity to explore their options, to have the questions answered and to be encouraged by the range of universities available to them,” he said.

Transfer Day is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and takes place in the College’s main quad. College Night will be held in the gymnasium from 5:30 to 8 p.m. In each event, representatives from the various colleges and universities will have informational brochures and will provide first-hand information on admission requirements.

Representing the UC system is UC Berkeley, UC Merced, UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, and UC Santa Cruz. From the CSU system are CSU Chico, CSU Fresno, CSU Sacramento, Humboldt State, Sonoma State, CSU Hayward, CSU Monterey Bay, CSU Stanislaus and San Jose State.

Independent colleges include Chapman College, Devry University, Fresno Pacific University, Menlo College, National University, University of the Pacific, University of Phoenix, University of Redlands, Cogswell College, Loma Linda University, Mills College, Notre Dame de Naumes, St. Mary’s College, University of San Francisco, and Westmont College.

Soto said he expects about 2,000 students will take part in Transfer Day and College Night.

“It’s really an important event,” he said. “Students can find out information about their major area of study, financial aid, students housing, campus activities and clubs, the local community and anything else they want to know. So, I would encourage everyone who is thinking about attending a four-year college or university to attend.”

For more information, call the Merced College Transfer Center at 384-6239.


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