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North Texas universities partake in transfer fair

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North Texas Transfer Fair – Tarrant County College
North Texas Transfer Fair – Tarrant County College

Kristal Blankinship
web coordinator

Students had a chance to speak virtually with university representatives at the North Texas Transfer Fair Nov. 5.

“There were a total number of 25 students who attended the transfer fair,” said Laura Escamilla, who is coordinator of the TR Campus transfer center.

“If the fair was held in person, there would have been about 100 students who would have attended.” The fair allows students to learn about admissions requirements, scholarships and degrees offered at a university, Escamilla said.

“We had about 15 schools attend including the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of North Texas, Texas Christian University and Midwestern State University,” she said.

Each university representative gave an individual presentation about transfer requirements and scholarships. They also talked about applying early, so students would not have to worry about application deadlines.

A concern for some TCC students transferring to four-year institutions is something commonly referred to as “transfer shock” in higher education circles.

Transfer shock refers to the tendency of students who transfer from one school to another to experience a temporary GPA dip in their first or second semester at the new school.

“Your success is important to us, and we will do everything we can to support you as you navigate these uncertain times,” said UNT transfer adviser Lupita Montoya.

A good way to get to know a new school is to attend its transfer student orientation.

“By attending transfer student orientation, you will learn about the infrastructure of the college as well as meet key people who can help you,” TCC academic adviser Sharinlya Everly said.

Some students may not have a high enough GPA at graduation to move directly into the university. Students will take the first year or two of classes at community college until their GPA is high enough for a successful transfer.

“When students apply to transfer to UNT, you must have a minimum GPA of 2.25 out of 4.0,” Montoya said. Anyone transferring with more than 30 credits is automatically considered for the UNT Excellence Transfer Scholarship.

“The amount you are rewarded varies, so it is important to apply early,” Montoya said.

After attending a transfer fair, Students can sort through and organize the information they gathered and any notes you took at the fair. After going through all of the notes, that’s the best time for students to choose their new school.

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