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Sac State among top universities for transfer students


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Orientation leaders assist new students with their transition to Sac State

Sacramento State’s reputation as a welcoming campus for transfer students has gone national. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University eighth among 1,200 campuses surveyed in the number of transfer students accepted.

The University accepted 3,556 transfer students for the Fall 2011 Semester, the period considered in the survey. Sac State ranks second in the California State University system for transfer student acceptance; CSU Northridge accepted 4,962. Full list

Ed Mills, associate vice president for Student Affairs, Enrollment and Student Support, cites Sacramento State’s strong partnerships with the Los Rios Community College District – one of the state’s largest community college districts – and several other Northern California community colleges. “We are proud to be able to serve so many transfer students,” Mills says.

The energetic and welcoming presence of Mills and his staff at new-student orientation sessions emphasizes the personal touch that is a Sacramento State hallmark.

Shawn Ryan, who heads the orientation team, says his group of 40 student leaders undergoes considerable training and excels at making new students feel at home. The new students, in turn, “have wonderful things to say” about Sac State’s welcoming atmosphere.

Mills maintains that personal connection with students as he helps them successfully transition to university life. Vice President for Planning, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Lori Varlotta lauds him for “working tirelessly to maintain access to Sacramento State to as many students as possible, even in financially challenging times.”

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– Alan Miller