College hosts spring UW transfer fair

On Tuesday May 12, representatives from the University of Washington (UW) came to Bellevue College campus to inform students about transferring and to talk about the many different programs and degrees that the UW has to offer.

The representatives from UW’s Seattle, Evening Degree, Bothell, and Tacoma campuses were stationed at booths in the College’s cafeteria. In D126, students participated in workshops and found more detailed information pertaining to the major of their choice.

In the college’s cafeteria, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., UW had several tables spread out that allowed potential transferees to grab pamphlets and to talk to representatives about different divisions and specific parts of UW.

For example, UW’s School of Drama had a representative on hand to answer any questions students might have.

“The faculty of the School of Drama considers the optimum preparation for the theatre artist to be comprised of a liberal arts undergraduate major in drama and a graduate conservatory program,” read a small portion of the School of Drama’s mission statement.

Becky Sanders, a student of the college as well as a drama enthusiast, said, “I think it’s really helpful to have schools like the UW to come here, because it allows students like me to know what the college is specifically looking for and what you can do to better prepare yourself so that you might be accepted.”

Right next to the School of Drama’s booth was UW’s French and Italian Studies (FIS), in the College of Arts & Sciences. This program boasts the largest number of French majors of any University on the West coast, as well as being one of the fastest growing Italian majors in the United States.

The program also allows up to 50 students to travel to different places such as Paris, Nates, Rome, and to study at the University of Geneva, the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and the University of Bologna.

For those favoring a more technological experience, UW  had other booths for their Computer Science and Engineering divisions. UW, which is a top ten school in the field of Computer Science and Engineering, features animation, robotics, education, communication, and even the newer science of neurobotics, which specializes in combining the sciences of neurology and robotics in their program.

Other booths stationed within the cafeteria included those for UW’s Human Centered Design and Engineering Department, which designs technology for items used and operated by human beings.

Although this may seem vague, the department specializes in products with important applications, such as aiding blind individuals and paraplegics.

In addition to the event in the cafeteria, the College hosted representatives from the UW in rooms D126, C120, and C130. These rooms and their representatives were involved in having workshops for BC students and potential UW transfer students.

These workshops included: “Transfer & Admissions,” which provided students with most of the basic information on transferring; “Roadmap to Choosing a Major,” which informed students of the 140 different majors that UW has to offer; and another workshop included “BSN Nursing,” which supplied information about transferring into the UW nursing program.

Though the prospect of going to a major state college is overwhelming for some, the harsh reality of tuition and the cost of an education is very real for most.  UW in-state tuition per quarter for a family earning less than $52,000 a year is $6,250, but there will be a 14 percent increase in the tuition.

This means an additional $875.

However, thanks to potential federal educational tax credits, these tuition increases should not be felt by anyone whose family makes less than $160,000 a year.