Transfer center smooths process

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By Kathya Anguiano

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Most universities require 30 hours to transfer. Otherwise, students must apply as incoming freshmen.

In the college’s transfer center on the first floor of Moody Learning Center, students can stay on track.

Counselor Rosa Maria Gonzalez said a lot of students start with developmental classes, so, “it is important to talk to an adviser because it is easy to get off track.”

For most two-year degrees here, students must complete 60 credit hours. However, the transfer universities are important because the desired major may require a certain GPA. “I believe that students should start their transfer planning from the minute they step on campus,” Gonzalez said.

Dr. David Wood, dean of performance excellence, said the transfer rates from 2009-2011 have increased from 19.7 percent to 21.5 percent. The top transfer institutions are the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Texas State University.

“Ms. Gonzalez made it very easy to transfer out,” Gilbert Rodriguez, former student and mechanical engineering major, said. He started school in fall 2006 and transferred in spring 2011. The district ran out and could not produce a transcript on watermarked paper, but UTSA agreed to accept an unofficial copy for the first semester and he was accepted within two weeks.

Gonzalez said. “I believe students should make a plan to take classes just to transfer out or to graduate and then transfer. However, they should talk to an adviser to make sure they are on the right track and are taking all their basic classes to just study their major when they go to a university.”

For more information, call 210-486-0342.

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