The Skyline College Transfer Center hosted a campus tour to UC Davis for their annual Discover UC Davis event on February 23, 2018. Discover UC Davis is an excellent transfer preparation event that helps students understand the requirements to transfer to the UC System, including UC Davis.

The event is exclusive for community colleges who are part of the Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP) with UC Davis. The TOP program collaboration between UC Davis and Skyline College allows for a UCD transfer admission advisor, Mayra Escobar, to meet with students biweekly in the Transfer Center.

The TOP program continues to be a significant and effective program for our students. Since 2010, there has been a 91% increase in admitted students to UC Davis (UC Info Center, 2018). As of now, UC Davis remains the most popular campus for our students who transfer into the UC System. Similarly, since 2010, there has been 59.4% increase in the number of applications to UC Davis due in part to the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) workshops and pre-admission advising and transcript evaluation through TAP provided by UCD.

At Discover UC Davis, our students had the opportunity to learn about the hundreds of undergraduate majors and programs offered across the UC system. Shortly after these informational sessions, students were able to connect with a UC Davis student panel.

In the second part of the event, students were able to enjoy a free lunch and participated in the resource fair. Students engaged with representatives from programs at UCD and also had the opportunity to meet with outreach professionals from UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Los Angeles, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz, who also were present for the resource fair.

Soon after the resource fair concluded, students participated in an array of informational sessions. Many students attended the Financing Your Education session as well as both the Pathway to Law School and Pre-Health Career informational sessions. The majority of the students attended the undergraduate research seminar and the engineering and stem careers presentation. Most importantly, all of the students had the opportunity to take a student ambassador-led campus tour across the vast UC Davis Campus. In fact, the UC Davis campus is a 5300-acre campus, and one of the largest within the UC system!

The Transfer Center is grateful to our staff and faculty who helped recruit students for this event. We are also appreciative for all of the efforts of faculty to allow students to participate in the event. Our students were also thankful as they wrote in their evaluations, “I loved this trip, it was a wonderful experience,” and “The whole process was so organized, informative and fun. I wasn’t thinking that UC Davis was going to be a top choice for me, but after today it’s been my favorite campus so far.”

Article by Lucy Jovel

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