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December 12, 2014 -- For the 24th year in a row, Santa Monica College ranked first statewide in transfers to University of California campuses, with a marked increase in the number of minority students making the jump, officials said Thursday.

 It also ranked at the top for transfers to the University of Southern California and Loyola Marymount University, said Grace Smith, a Santa Monica College spokesperson.

The findings are based on transfer data from the 2013-14 year from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.

Santa Monica College also came in second in the state in transfers to the UC and California State University systems combined, the data showed.

Based on the data, more African American and Chicano/Latino students also transferred from the college to the UC system than from any other community college in California, Smith said.

 In addition, Santa Monica College was No. 1 in the number of African-American and Latino students who transferred to the UC system.  Smith said 51 African-American students in the 2013-2014 year transferred to the UC system, up from 31 the previous year.

Meanwhile, Santa Monica College Latino student transfers to UC campuses increased to 150 from 141 the previous year.

A large percentage of the college’s approximately 33,000 full-time and part-time students do not elect to go on to four-year colleges or universities.

In the 2013-14 year, the college transferred 1,061 students to UC campuses, far outranking other top feeder schools,  Smith said.

In addition, Santa Monica College kept its hold on first place in transfers to the University of Southern California, from 160 students in the fall of 2013 to 191 in the fall of 2014. It was also the top transfer school to Loyola Marymount University, Smith said.

The number of transfer students has steadily increased over the last two decades, although totals did dip in recent years during the Great Recession, said Dan Nannini, faculty leader from the college’s Transfer Center.

He said the long record of top rankings is the result of the high priority put on the issue.  He also cited the Black Collegians program, which provides counseling and support services to students of African descent.

“The Black Collegians program in the African-American Collegiate Center supports their students with excellent counseling, tutoring and a variety of academic and social program to help students meet their goals, one of which is attending the University of California,” Nannini said.

UCLA continues to be the most popular destination for Santa Monica College students, with nearly 42 percent of the UC transfers -- 444 -- going to the Westwood campus. San Diego came in second with 156 transfers, followed by Berkeley and Irvine.


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