By Matthew Scheidel – The Collegiate Staff
The Grand Rapids Community College Academic Advising and Transfer Center will be holding it’s annual Transfer Fair on Oct. 25.
The event will start at 12:30 p.m. and will conclude at 3:30 p.m.
“We’ve been getting schools in fast and furious,” said Lynnae Selberg, Assistant Professor, and Program Director. “Last year, we had over 40 schools that came to the Transfer Fair.”
A list of schools that have RSVP’d so far can be found here. Some highlights include Western Michigan University, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.
“Michigan State is the big one because it’s the only time of the year that we can get them to come to campus,” said Selberg. “So if you are somebody who wants to go to State, you’ll want to come to the Transfer Fair.”
Selberg said that the Transfer Fair is important because it gives students the opportunity to talk to a number of different schools all at one time.
“I usually encourage students to come with a list of questions,” said Selberg. “That way you can make sure that you ask the things that you are wondering about.”
According to Selberg, approximately 3,000 students or more per year transfer from GRCC to another school, on average.
“Last year we had about 1,200 go to Grand Valley, 1,200 go to Ferris, and 1,200 go everywhere else,” said Selberg.
For students having trouble figuring out when you should transfer or need some guidance, the Counseling and Career Center offers a transfer checklist that gives them everything they should complete before transferring.
“Everything is going to be different at every school you look at,” said Selberg. “That is another reason why the Transfer Fair is so important. You can ask them directly and get all the information for that specific school.”
Selberg said that planning is critical when deciding when and where to transfer.
“Sooner rather than later,” Selberg said. “The sooner you come talk to an adviser, the sooner you know exactly what you want to do, the better we can help you.”
The Transfer Fair will be held in the Student Community Center on the third floor in the Student Lounge.