By Emily Rodriguez
For students considering their options among four-year universities, the time to act is now.
“The role of the transfer center is to help students whose goal is to go to a four-year institution,” David Rodriguez, coordinator of counseling and advising services, said.
During each spring and fall semester, a Transfer Fair brings together representatives from local, regional and out-of-state colleges to talk to prospective students and answer questions.
The fair will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 2 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center.
“The transfer fair is an opportunity for the student to meet one-on-one with a representative from universities. If they have any specific questions about the university, there’s your chance to meet with them,” Rodriguez said.
No official list of universities attending has not been compiled yet.
Transfer center Coordinator Rosa Maria Gonzalez said local universities likely to send representatives are University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Texas Health Science Center, University of the Incarnate Word, St. Mary’s University and Our Lady of the Lake University. The transfer center’s page on the college website states more than 30 universities are expected to attend.
Rodriguez also said it is important for students to meet with university representatives to discuss what that school can do for them.
Students need to find out if the culture of the university is a good match for their personality and lifestyle. He encourages students to visit prospective college campuses.
Each week representatives from area universities visit the campus to answer questions about transferring, scholarship opportunities, housing, financial aid and answering questions about the campus.
At Alamo.edu/sac/transfer, students can find links to Transfer 101 and the steps for preparing to transfer. Click on Events Calendar on the transfer center page for a listing of campus visits from university representatives.
Counselors offer services to students such as assistance with degree plans, guidance for transferring for specific majors, admission applications, scholarship information, degree audits as well as applications to graduate.
Gonzalez recommends that students who visit the transfer center know their major as well as universities that they are interested in.
Students who have not declared a major can visit the center to go over degree plans as well as classes that must be taken regardless of major.
Students are encouraged to visit with counselors during non-registration periods to prepare for focused one-on-one meetings.
The transfer center, as well as counseling and advising, are on the first floor of Moody Learning Center. Staff will be able to assist students 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
For more information, call the transfer center at 210-486-0864.