The final data from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, confirms that for the thirteenth year in a row, transfer students from Allan Hancock College enjoyed the highest transfer acceptance rate in the state among all community colleges that transfer a significant number of students to the respected university.
Cal Poly’s Region 6 Fall Community College Update shows that 53.75 percent of Hancock students who applied to the university for fall 2014 were accepted, as compared to 40.99 percent from Cuesta College, and 16.59 percent from Santa Barbara City College, the two closest community colleges.
The transfer acceptance rate is determined by looking at the number of students accepted versus the number who applied. Other community colleges in Region 6 include Moorpark (13.49), Ventura (17.60), College of the Canyons (16.67), Antelope Valley (13.73) and Oxnard (22.22).
Overall, Cal Poly received 7,948 applications for fall 2014 and accepted 1,422 students or 17.9 percent. Hancock’s acceptance rate of 53.75 percent was nearly triple the overall average rate. For fall 2014, 253 Hancock students applied to Cal Poly and 136 were selected. They had an average grade point average of 3.369.
Julie Vasques, the transfer counselor in the college’s University Transfer Center, believes that Hancock’s high transfer acceptance rate to Cal Poly is due, in part, to its university transfer counseling process, coupled with the quality of instruction that students receive as they prepare to transfer.
“I feel our acceptance rate is so high because the college has a high-achieving, transfer-minded student population,” said Vasques. “The college’s counselors are also experts when it comes to what students need to transfer to a four-year university.”
Vasques stressed the importance of one-on-one counselor meetings, remaining focused on the exact requirements of each university and making sure students are taking the right courses in the right sequence to transfer.
“Our sole purpose in the University Transfer Center is to ensure our students’ transfer success,” Vasques added. “The UTC offers support services for students wanting to transfer to any university, such as application workshops, application review, and personalized counseling appointments.”
To further help students transition to four-year universities, Allan Hancock College has forged a number of transfer guarantees to various institutions, including 13 associate degrees for transfer with guaranteed admission into the California State University system.
For more information about the transfer opportunities at Allan Hancock College, call the UTC at (805) 922-6966 ext. 3363.