Volume 47, Number 7 - November 16, 2009

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Timing, another factor in transfer process

By Sergio Candido

Dayana Gonzalez, a Miami Dade College alumna and current Florida International University student credits her transferring success to timing.

“I submitted my application in the spring, my last semester [at MDC],” Dayana Gonzalez, 20, said.

Dayana Gonzalez applied last January to be admitted into FIU this fall semester. Not only was she admitted, she was also accepted into FIU’s Honors College and received the Eduardo Padrón Scholarship from the university, which covers the full cost of her in-state tuition.

Many MDC students in their second year say they encounter a dilemma: is now the right time to send transfer applications?

Sherry Rix, the North Campus transfer coordinator, said the myth that “sending paperwork with a 10-month anticipation is better” should be broken.

“[Apply] always in the early part of the semester that you’re graduating in,” Rix said.

Rix believes it’s better to apply at that time because if students apply now, their grades for this semester will not appear on their transcript and they are going to be sending to universities an official transcript without two whole semesters of grades.

“Better for you to wait until your December grades are in, [then] it will also show on your transcript the classes that you are registered for [in] the spring,” Rix said. “They will ask you again for a final transcript after your graduation has been posted.”

Still, Emanuel Suarez, a 19-year-old business major, thinks that now is the time to start sending his applications.

“I don’t want to wait until the last moment, I want to send them now and be done with it,” Suarez said.

Rix said that despite what most students believe, she recommends that the best time to send all the paperwork is in February.

“I would wait until February because a lot of things are coming in at the very beginning of January; January is the beginning of the spring cycle for universities just like it is for us,” she said.

Jaclyn Gonzalez, FIU admissions counselor, also believes that the best time to send transfer applications is during the students last semester at MDC.

“You could start [applying] now but it is still too early; it doesn’t guarantee you a spot,” Jaclyn Gonzalez said. “As long as you apply before priority deadline, which is May 1, you are fine.”

Jaclyn Gonzalez added that even though MDC has an “articulation agreement” with FIU, which grants MDC students automatic acceptance, other factors like grade point average are taken into consideration for admission.

Some private institutions of higher education like St. Thomas University, located in Miami Gardens, do not have a deadline to submit applications.

Mercedes Tavarez, an undergraduate admissions officer at STU, said that transfer students may apply at any time prior to the start of the semester for which they are seeking admission.

“You have the same chances of being accepted now, than right before the term starts,” Tavarez said.

Rix said that while it’s not crucial to start applying now, MDC students should visit the Web sites of the universities they are considering transferring to for deadlines.

“Check all things, scholarships, applications, deadlines, what’s required for your particular major,” Rix said. “You should be proactive to check.”

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