UC President Janet Napolitano made transfer students a Presidential Priority in 2013 to ensure that the university is doing everything it can to make the transfer process even easier to follow for the state’s community college students.
UC is simplifying the information it gives students about how to transfer; increasing its outreach to community colleges around the state; and offering more support to transfer students once they arrive on campus.
It has also created a series of Transfer Pathways. These are roadmaps that outline which set of courses students should take to be eligible to transfer to UC in 21 of the university’s most popular majors.
Following a Transfer Pathway doesn't guarantee admission to UC, but it does gives students clear guidance for how to prepare for their intended major and positions them to graduate on time from any UC campus.
Napolitano, in speaking of the importance of UC’s work to serve transfer students, said it is a core part of how UC creates educational opportunity for all Californians.
Half of UC transfers are among the first in their families to attend college, and most come from low-income families. Once they earn a UC diploma, however, data from the state labor rolls show they quickly go on to climb the economic ladder.
Within five years of receiving a UC diploma, graduates from low-income families are earning an average income that is higher than what their parents were earning at the time those students attended UC, Napolitano said. More than 70 percent of those former low-income students are working in California.
"These students are contributing to the workforce, they are contributing to the economy, and they are contributing to the sense of forward momentum that is the hallmark of California."