Students explore opportunities with local universities at the 2015 winter transfer fair

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The quarterly transfer fair was hosted in the Bellevue College cafeteria Tuesday, Feb 17.

Representatives from universities both in and out of state were present, each at their own booth with brochures, magazines, business cards and other introductory materials. Some of the booths had free buttons, pennants and stickers with the college or university logo or mascot on it to promote students to join their school.

The fair was hosted to inform students about the various schools open to them, and to answer any questions about the different transferring processes.

University of Washington representative Carson Creecy explained that Running Start students who will be applying for fall quarter after their high school graduation should apply as freshmen. The UW booth gave out brochures with information and links to help students transfer, including the university’s academic planning worksheets.

The brochure says, start by selecting your major of interest at the Academic Planning Worksheet homepage.

UW also has “transfer Thursday” weekly at the Seattle campus, where students are invited to come and speak with advisers in preparation for transfer.

Central Washington University was also present. Although the main campus is located in Ellensburg, there are also locations in Tacoma, Everett, Des Moines, Wenatchee and others.
CWU encourages students that are interested in applying to visit the Ellensburg campus. Daily tours are offered weekdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and on Saturday at 11 a.m. by appointment. Materials required for admission to CWU include official college transcripts for all institutions previously attended, a CWU undergraduate application  form and $50 application fee. The admission criteria for transfer students with more than 40 college-level credits is a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Transfer applicants must meet high school GPA.
Seattle University was also present at the transfer fair. Noelle Rollins, the senior transfer admissions counselor for SU gave out different guides. The Transfer SU Student Guide said. “The best way to know if Seattle University is right for you is to visit our beautiful campus. We would love to show you around. Come see for yourself.”

Seattle University’s average class size is 19, and the faculty to student ratio is 1:13. Owla Mohamed, a student who is interested in going to Seattle U said, “I like how Seattle U is a small school, I think that by having a small school you can get more attention from the professors.”

Mohamed, who was browsing through the tables during the fair, said that “the transfer fair was extremely helpful.” It has helped him determine what courses he will enroll in for next quarter, and he said that anyone who is planning on transferring should visit “the next transfer fair because they give out helpful information.”