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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

How City College students can best prepare their transfer applications

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This is a stressful time for many City College students: They feel pressured to decide which four-year college suits them best, and some need as much help as possible.

The California State University fall 2022 application period opened Oct. 1 and runs through Nov. 30 or Dec. 15, depending on the particular campus. Four campuses have even later deadlines. CSU representatives are hosting several virtual workshops for City College students that cover the application process, financial aid and other necessary steps to transfer. 

The application process for fall 2022 is now open for CSU and University of California colleges.

Paula Gonzalez, a student support specialist at City College’s Transfer Center, says that each college system is handling the COVID-19 situation differently in terms of their application requirements. 

Some four-year colleges started accepting pass or no pass grades from transfer students, instead of the traditional letter grades, due to the pandemic and colleges transitioning to remote learning.

Some CSUs have also extended their application deadline from the original Nov. 30 date to Dec. 15, including Sacramento State, Sonoma State, Chico State and several others. 

Even if a student is accepted to a CSU in fall 2022, “they still need to maintain good progress this semester and meet with a counselor to make sure they have planned for their spring 2022 classes,” Gonzalez said. “They just need to have all the correct classes planned, so they can be inputted into the CSU application this fall.”

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Gonzalez also said that taking summer courses could be valuable for transfer students. 

“There are some universities that could allow for summer classes to be in progress to be considered for fall 2022,” she said. “The rule of thumb, though, that I’ve heard counselors say is that students are able to still take some classes regardless of their transfer; we always encourage students to continue their academics in the summer.”

Gonzalez explained the difference between a CSU and UC, and what students should expect when applying to either one.

“There’s a difference between a student who’s applying to a CSU versus a UC or both. For the CSU application, they do not require PIQs, which are personal insight questions that the UC application has,” Gonzalez said. “And so that means that for CSUs, there’s not an extra personal statement that they have to fill out or prepare for. However, the general preparation is really that they’re having their transcripts ready for all of the universities that they have attended or colleges that they’ve attended.”

Gonzalez knows firsthand the value of applying to a four-year college as a transfer student.

“When I was a student, as a transfer student myself, I had no idea where to start or how to start it,” Gonzalez said. “And it was a lot of feelings, especially because it’s such a big application and so important for transfer. So I like to really empathize with students.”

For more information about transferring to a CSU, visit the CSU website. For further guidance on transferring from a community college, visit their Community College Guidance webpage and the Cal State Apply Applicant Help Center

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