Colleges and universities provide information at transfer workshops

Saddleback students Shawn Mowlai, 22, film and Sanan Saghafi, 17, English, learn about film programs at the University of Southern California. (Sean Lara)

Lauren Echols and Andre Mahmoudian

Last Wednesday representatives from five California State University schools visited Saddleback College to share information with students curious about transferring. The represented colleges included Cal State Fullerton, Cal State San Marcos, CSU Monterey Bay, Cal Poly Pomona and Humboldt State University.

Cal State Fullerton has 105 different degree programs and the average class size is 30.2. CSUF accepts upper division transfers only and is an impacted school, which means all majors will be impacted and require additional admissions requirements such as a higher GPA. Upper Division students must have 60 transferable units, at least 30 units of general education with grade C or better, a minimum 2.0 GPA. They must also have completed the “golden four” requirements in oral and written communication, critical thinking and math.

Cal State San Marcos requires transfer students to have a completion of at least 60 semester and 90 quarter college units, completion of the four California State University basic skills course and cumulative grade point average in college-level course work. CSU San Marcos does not consider applications for admission from lower-division (freshmen or sophomore) transfer applicants at this time. Full time enrollments total cost is $21,562. Scholarship application opportunities are available. Campus tours are Monday thru Friday 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. The admissions and recruitments website is

CSU Monterey Bay is a small school, with its own private beach and ocean views from classrooms. There are 4,600 students who attend the university. The university offers financial aid in the forms of grants, scholarships, work-study programs and loans. Approximately 70 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid. Approximately 10 percent of students work on campus through student assistant employment, a CSUMB-funded program.  Must have 60 transferable units and 30 units of general education.

Cal State Poly Pomona is a hands-on university with 1,438 acres. When visiting the university you will see horses, cows, and pigs. The university is one of six polytechnic universities nationwide. The school has 56 majors and 32 minors; average class size is 37 students. The school offers over 250 clubs and organizations. To transfer, students need 60 units and 30 units in general education a 2.0 GPA and students need to have taken speech, critical thinking, college level math and English composition. Further information is available on their website at

Humboldt State University accepts lower division and upper division applicants. Lower division applicants must have a minimum 2.0 GPA, whereas upper division applications must have completed 60 transferable units.

The application mailing process opens October 1 and is open through November 30.

— Lauren Echols

Four college transfer workshops were held last Wednesday. A variety of in-state private and out-of-state colleges and universities offered general information to future transfer students about application dates, housing, tuition and many other things.

The first workshop was presented by the out-of-state schools. Representatives from American International College, American University, Arizona State University, Cornell University, Maryville University, Sam Houston State University and others attended the event.

The colleges showed prospective students PowerPoint presentations and their school websites, answered questions, and handed out brochures and contact cards.

The next session included representatives from the University of California system. Representatives from University of California, Irvine, University of California, Santa Cruz, University of California, San Diego, and University of California, Santa Barbara shared their information.

The event reflected much of the out-of-state college workshop, since many of the University of California schools have similar tuition costs and housing costs many questions were asked throughout the afternoon.

Specific questions students were interested in knowing included the quality of living accommodations and whether certain majors are easier to get into than other majors.

— Andre Mahmoudian