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Liberal arts sophomore Angela Polendo talks to Cheryl Hollenshead, associate director of transfer admissions at St. Mary’s University.  Photo by Monica Correa

Liberal arts sophomore Angela Polendo talks to Cheryl Hollenshead, associate director of transfer admissions at St. Mary’s University. Photo by Monica Correa

By CRISTINA CARREON

sac-ranger@alamo.edu 

Some universities that were once easier for students to get into are now getting more competitive.

This was one vital bit of information students who asked learned at the college’s transfer fair Oct. 29 that brought representatives of 38 colleges and universities to Loftin Student Center.

For instance, the University of Texas at San Antonio required a grade-point average of 2.0 for 2012-2013, but requires a 2.25 GPA for transfers for 2013-2014. Our Lady of the Lake University requires a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Texas A&M International University at Laredo requires different GPAs for different programs.

Also universities allow their schools and colleges to determine the minimum GPA they will accept.

Participants at the transfer fair included major universities such as the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University and Texas State University-San Marcos; local institutions such as UTSA, OLLU, the University of the Incarnate Word and St. Mary’s University.

Smaller colleges, such as Cottey College for Women, also participated. Cottey College is a liberal arts and sciences institution in Nevada, Mo., with about 350 students.

College enrollment representatives at the fair encouraged students to be aware of which universities offer the most extensive programs in their field and what requirements are necessary for transfer.

University representatives pointed out pitfalls for transfer students to avoid.

“Some mistakes students make are not taking enough prerequisites before applying or sending an incomplete application,” Dora Turner, recruitment coordinator and preadmission adviser for the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, said. “Also, students need to meet the minimum GPA requirement when applying to transfer.”

Universities such as St. Mary’s University and UT-Austin have a flat tuition rate with extra costs depending on the major.

“If your major requires more labs, it will cost more in tuition,” Belinda Celis, regional director for UT-Austin, said.

Other universities’ tuition is based on semester hours.

Class sizes vary at UT-Austin, which has 50,000 enrolled students but a ratio of 18 students to one professor. Some colleges don’t have admissions deadlines.

Schreiner University in Kerrville  offers a “rolling admissions” policy, which does not have a set deadline for transfer applicants.

This college’s transfer center on the first floor of Moody Learning Center offers degree plans, transfer guides, catalogs and admissions and scholarship information.

For more information, visit the transfer center’s website at alamo.edu./main.aspx?id=5671 or call 210-486-0864.

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