SMC Number One in Transfers to UC for 27th Straight Year

Santa Monica College students stop to talk to a university representative at the SMC College Fair, the largest in the state. SMC maintained its position as California’s No. 1 transfer institution to the University of California for the 27th straight year, and also held the top spot for transfers to USC and Loyola Marymount University. (Image Credit: Charles Mark-Walker)

A Santa Monica College student talks to a university representative at the SMC College Fair, the largest in the state. SMC maintained its position as California’s No. 1 transfer institution to the University of California for the 27th straight year, and also held the top spot for transfers to USC and Loyola Marymount University. (Image Credit: Jim Serikawa)

​December 13, 2017

College Also Maintains #1 Ranking for Transfers to USC and Loyola Marymount University

Santa Monica, CA—Santa Monica College (SMC) maintains its position as California’s No. 1 community college in transferring students to the prestigious University of California (UC) system, for the 27th consecutive year. The finding came from recent 2016-2017 transfer data released by the University of California Information Center.

SMC also topped in transfers for the number of African-American and Chicano/Latino students who headed to UC campuses: 58 African-American students, and 183 who identified as Chicano/Latino.

In 2016-2017, SMC transferred a total of 1,194 students to the UC—an all-time record high—outranking the No. 2 and No. 3 UC feeder schools which transferred 940 and 890 students, respectively.

Other statistics for 2016-2017 reaffirmed Santa Monica College’s standing as California’s foremost transfer college:

  • SMC continued to hold the top spot for transfers to the University of Southern California (USC). 148 SMC students transferred to USC in fall 2017 (USC reports transfers only for the fall). The next highest feeder to USC sent 55 students.

  • The college—once again—transferred more students to Loyola Marymount University (LMU) than any other institution. SMC also continued to be the top feeder west of the Mississippi to the Ivy League Columbia University, and is the second-ranking feeder nationwide.

  • SMC ranked a close second in total combined transfers to the California State University (CSU) and UC campuses with 2,275 transfers to both of California’s public four-year institutions (The top-ranking college had 2,388 transfers).

“Santa Monica College is tremendously proud to retain our longtime reputation as California’s leader in transfers to the UC, as well as to the University of Southern California and Loyola Marymount University,” said Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, SMC Superintendent/President. “The success of our students is SMC’s top priority: this most recent data is proof of how this institution invests heavily towards that end, through world-class professors, dedicated counselors, and a wide array of student support services.”

Janet Robinson, who heads SMC’s Transfer Center—a one-stop shop and support center for students looking to transfer—said that she is “excited for what awaits the students who are transferring on to these awesome institutions.”

“SMC’s continued transfer success is a testament to our hardworking students, first of all, and also our highly skilled faculty and staff,” said Robinson. “Plus, it highlights the beauty of the partnership between SMC and California’s two public institutions and premier private universities.”

SMC’s Transfer Center organizes the largest college fair in the state, conducts workshops, holds weekly visits from four-year institutions, and also has a close working relationship with the UC and CSU systems to make sure SMC students get credit for their classes.

Santa Monica College also offers Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAGs)—which guarantees admission to students who meet specific requirements—to several institutions such as Loyola Marymount University, Arizona State University, Santa Clara University, and several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), to name just a few.

UC data showed that UCLA continues to be by far the most popular destination for SMC students, with 40 percent of the UC transfers – 482 – going to the Westwood campus. UC Berkeley came in second with 136 transfers, followed by UC San Diego (175 students) and UC Irvine (161 students).

Santa Monica College is a two-year community college accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). For more information about SMC’s Transfer Center and its services, please visit the Transfer Counseling and Services website, or email Robinson_Janet@smc.edu.

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