UC schools ad­mit record num­ber of trans­fer stu­dents

Manteca Bulletin - - State -

SAN FRAN­CISCO (AP) — The Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia has ad­mit­ted a record num­ber of in-state trans­fer stu­dents for the up­com­ing aca­demic year, as part of UC’s plan to ex­pand ac­cess to the univer­sity sys­tem for Cal­i­for­nia com­mu­nity col­lege stu­dents, of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day.

UC sys­tem of­fi­cials said its nine un­der­grad­u­ate cam­puses had of­fered ad­mis­sion to nearly 137,000 stu­dents over­all, 70 per­cent of them from within the state, as an­nual en­roll­ment con­tin­ues to in­crease.

“We have more Cal­i­for­nia un­der­grad­u­ates en­rolled at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia than at any point in our his­tory,” Robin Holmes-Sul­li­van, vice pres­i­dent of stu­dent af­fairs told re­porters Wed­nes­day. “We want to make sure that UC is ac­ces­si­ble to as many stu­dents as pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing trans­fers.”

Among those ad­mit­ted were 28,750 trans­fer ap­pli­cants, nearly 85 per­cent of them from in-state. The trans­fer of res­i­dents from com­mu­nity col­lege grew by 8 per­cent, the UC said in a state­ment.

One of them is Luis Ramierz Martinez, a 27-year-old who is trans­fer­ring from San Jose Com­mu­nity Col­lege and plans to study me­dia and film at UC Berke­ley.

“I never thought I’d be able to go to a place like Berke­ley,” said Martinez, who spent six months be­hind bars for sell­ing co­caine at age 24, a mis­step that made him re­al­ize the im­por­tance of an ed­u­ca­tion. An in­com­ing ju­nior, Martinez says the higher cost of a de­gree at Berke­ley is will be chal­leng- ing but worth the ex­pense. Tu­ition and fees at Berke­ley will be over $14,000 com­pared to about $6,000 at San Jose.

“I know I am a smart in­di­vid­ual and I know I have a bril­liant mind,” said Martinez, who says fi­nan­cial aid will cover about half his costs and free­lance work in photography and video will cover the rest, as he looks for schol­ar­ships. “The fact that there is a sys­tem that al­lows stu­dents like my­self to travel to a place like Berke­ley is amaz­ing.”

Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Leg­is­la­ture have pres­sured UC schools to ex­pand ac­cess to Cal­i­for­nia com­mu­nity col­lege stu­dents, thereby of­fer­ing a cheaper way to com­plete a four-year de­gree at the state’s top pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties.

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