Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Transferring to a University

Posted: January 3, 2014

You’ve invested an academic term or maybe several terms at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) and want to transfer to a university to complete your degree.

But, do you really want to travel to all seven of Oregon’s public universities and to a number of in-state and out-of-state private institutions to meet with school representatives? Do you have the time to visit each campus to learn about course offerings, admissions requirements, tips for choosing courses wisely, navigating college costs and financial aid, and tools to make the transition as seamless as possible?

There’s an easier way, called Oregon Transfer Days. Just think of it as one-stop shopping and it’s happening Jan. 30, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., in the Vista Dining center at MHCC’s Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. Parking on all MHCC campuses is free, no permit required.

Calvin Walker, MHCC’s academic adviser and transfer adviser liaison, describes Oregon Transfer Day:  “Oregon’s community colleges and four-year universities collaborate each year on a state-wide tour to all 17 of the state’s community colleges. The event assists Oregon community college students to successfully transition to a four-year college or university.”

Walker adds that community college students from across the state are welcomed and encouraged to join in these fun, informative events, whether they are actively planning to transfer, or just starting to consider their four-year degree opportunities.

Ease the Transition to a Four-year School
First launched by a coalition of admissions professionals in 2007, the annual Oregon Transfer Days tour brings admissions and recruitment professionals from Oregon’s public and private colleges to community college campuses, including MHCC, to help students understand and prepare for the next step in their college careers. This initiative gives students the opportunity to meet with college and university representatives, and get all their questions answered about transferring credits, registering for classes and many other topics.

More University Students Begin their Academic Careers at Community Colleges
At Oregon’s public universities alone, the numbers of community college students transferring increased 70 percent in the last 10 years, from 4,159 in 2001-02 to 7,065 in 2011-12. The increase can be attributed to numerous factors and new partnerships, including co-enrollment and articulation agreements between community colleges and universities; new options such as the Oregon Transfer Module, which enables students to ensure that their credits will apply at a four-year institution; and a greater recognition that having a four-year degree provides additional opportunities in the job market.

The Oregon Transfer Days tour is scheduled to run Jan. 13 - Feb. 20 on all 17 Oregon community college campuses. The tour is administered by a task force of Oregon Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (ORACRO). More information and a complete schedule is available at http://oracrao.org/oregon-transfer-days.

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923. Please call at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability.

For more information about Oregon Transfer Days at MHCC, please contact Walker at 503-491-7173 or walkerc@mhcc.edu.

For more information, media professionals may contact the Office of Community Engagement 503-491-7204 or news@mhcc.edu.

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