Students prepare for fall 2020 applications as deadlines approach


Poliana Fernandes, a 25 year-old film major, works at the counseling desk, scheduling appointments for students on Tuesday, Oct. 15 in Fountain Hall. After the addition of a few new counselors and a new scheduling process, the counseling department has plenty of open appointment times. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

By Cailey Monroe

Students at Moorpark College are getting their transcripts and essays ready to go for fall transfer applications. California State University applications open on October 1st and close November 30th. The University of California applications are open from November 1st until November 30th for students to be considered for fall 2020 applications. The pressure is on for students to research and decide where to send their transfer applications.

There are so many options of schools to apply to that it can be very overwhelming,” expressed sophomore Thomas Mendez. “It’s important to be aware of what classes transfer to what schools and to meet with a counselor to be sure you have what you need.”

To assist students with the application process, Moorpark College offers an application review where staff members look over student applications before submitting them. Submitting applications can be an intimidating process and having a professional assist with questions can be extremely helpful. To sign up for application assistance, RSVP in the Career Transfer Center at Fountain Hall.

“Within the next couple of weeks, I plan to make my decision on what schools I’ll be sending applications to,” said sophomore Kelly Windel. “I’ll be sending applications to both CSU’s and UC’s so I’ll need the helpful resources that the transfer center offers to review my applications before I submit them.”

Meeting with a counselor is another resource that assists students with the transfer process. Because of all the coursework required by students, it’s important to be sure all the materials needed are completed by the application deadlines.

A great service to use on the Moorpark College website is the Transfer Admissions Planner. This tool is to assist students by making sure they have the general admission requirements, major preparation courses, minimum required transfer units and minimum required GPA.

“Students should meet with a counselor to review their application or stop by the Career Transfer Center during drop in hours Monday through Thursday 12-2 p.m. to review their applications,” said Giselle Ramirez, Career Transfer Center coordinator. “I highly recommend students go to an application workshop hosted by the Career Transfer Center to make sure their best work is presented to the universities.”

Moorpark College offers transfer admission guarantee programs to six major UC schools as long as students meet the requirements. Schools included are UC Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. By participating in the transfer admission guarantee program, students receive an early review of their academic records, early admission notification and specific guidance about major preparation and general education coursework.

“For students who are planning to transfer to a UC, they should all have an account on the TAP website which is the Transfer Admission Planner, which turns into the UC application when the student applies to transfer,” said Ramirez. “Ideally, any student who has an interest in applying to a UC should have a TAP account as soon as they begin Moorpark which allows for the UC’s that the student is interested in to communicate directly with the student.”

In addition to on campus resources, there are also online resources to help students with the transfer process. Assist is a website where students can see what classes are transferrable from the Community College System to UC’s and CSU’s, and how those courses will be applied towards meeting major preparation goals. With all the information needed to transfer, it’s important to be educated on the transfer process to give students the best chance at getting accepted into schools.

For more information about transfer applications and online resources, visit the Career Transfer Center located in Fountain Hall.