17 and Counting: Hancock Students Achieve State's Highest Transfer Acceptance Rate to Cal Poly for 17th Straight Year

Hancock is one of eight community colleges from five counties included in Cal Poly's Region 6

MAY 8, 2018--For the seventeenth year in a row, transfer students from Allan Hancock College had the highest transfer acceptance rate in the state to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo among community colleges that transfer a significant number of students to the respected university. Hancock’s transfer acceptance rate of 50.6 percent was more than triple the state average of 15.6 percent.

Cal Poly’s Region 6 Spring Community College Update shows that 342 Hancock students applied to the university for fall 2018 and 173, or 50.6 percent, were accepted. The transfer acceptance rate is determined by looking at the number of students accepted versus the number who applied. The accepted students from Hancock had an average grade point average of 3.28.

Hancock is one of eight community colleges from five counties included in Cal Poly’s Region 6. Hancock’s transfer acceptance rate was 14 points higher than the college with the second highest rate in the region of 36.4 percent.

This year, Cal Poly received a record 10,971 transfer applications and accepted 1,709 students or 15.6 percent. Despite receiving 2,568 more transfer applications this year, Cal Poly accepted 77 fewer students than in 2017, accounting for a 5.6 percent drop in the overall transfer acceptance rate.

Ashley Brackett, transfer counselor in Hancock’s University Transfer Center, believes that Hancock’s high transfer acceptance rate to Cal Poly is due, in part, to its university transfer counseling process, coupled with the quality of instruction that students receive as they prepare to transfer.

“Our acceptance rate is so high because the college has a high-achieving, transfer-minded student population,” said Brackett. “The college’s counseling and instructional faculty are truly dedicated to student success. Counselors are well trained and aware of what is needed to transfer to four-year universities.”

Brackett stressed the importance of one-on-one counselor meetings, remaining focused on the exact requirements of each university and making sure students are taking the right courses in the right sequence to transfer.

“Our sole purpose in the University Transfer Center is to ensure our students’ transfer success,” Brackett added. “The UTC offers support services for students wanting to transfer to any university, such as application workshops, application review, and personalized counseling appointments.”

Over the last seven years, Hancock has posted an average transfer acceptance rate to Cal Poly of 54 percent. The state average during that period is 18.6 percent.

Each year, nearly 500 students transfer from Hancock to four-year universities. To further help students transition to four-year institutions, Allan Hancock College has forged a number of transfer guarantees to various institutions, including 20 associate degrees for transfer with guaranteed admission into the California State University system.

For more information about the transfer opportunities at Allan Hancock College, call the UTC at 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3363.                      

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Caption: For the 17th year in a row, Allan Hancock College students had the highest transfer acceptance rate in the state to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Fifty percent of Hancock students who applied to transfer into Cal Poly in fall 2018 were accepted, more than triple the state average of 15.6 percent. A group of accepted students from Hancock gathered during Hancock’s annual College Signing Day event earlier this month.

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Last Modified Oct 23, 2018