Hartnell College is a State Leader in Transfer of Under-represented Minorities to the University of California System

Publish Date: 
May 1, 2017

Hartnell College is a State Leader in Transfer of

Under-represented Minorities to the University of California System

SALINAS, Calif. – Hartnell Community College District is happy to share exciting news.  The University of California (UC) recently released its data regarding the number of community college transfers to UC campuses for fall 2016. Hartnell College is proud to report that it experienced the largest number of transfers (80) in its history to the University of California.

The transfer of 80 students represents a 35.6% increase over the previous year (59). This includes a record 11 transfers to UC Berkeley, 10 of whom are Hispanic/Latino students. Prior to fall 2016, the highest number of transfers any year since 1994-95 to UC Berkeley was six (6).

"Our relentless focus on student success and completion has resulted in unprecedented outcomes for Hartnell students,” expressed Superintendent/President, Dr. Willard Lewallen. “Our students have demonstrated tremendous grit and tenacity supported by a faculty, staff, administration and Governing Board that is committed to students achieving their education and career dreams."

Additionally, of the 80 total transfers, 75% were Hispanic/Latino students placing Hartnell College as the community college with second highest rate of transfer for underrepresented minorities for the entire California Community College's system of 113 colleges. The only other community college with a higher rate of minority student transfer was Imperial Valley College, which is similar to Hartnell College in student enrollment and transferred 28 students to the UC system.

By comparison, several community colleges with significantly higher enrollment than Hartnell did not transfer as many students to the University of California.

Photo caption – Lumi Barba at Hartnell College Commencement in May 2016. She transferred to UCLA that same year.

Hartnell Community College District – established in 1920

The Hartnell CCD serves over 17,000 students annually through its main campus in Salinas, the Alisal Campus in East Salinas, the King City Education Center, and various outreach learning centers throughout the Salinas Valley. Hartnell College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, provides workforce training, basic skills courses, and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Hartnell College is recognized for its innovative public and private partnerships that support world class STEM education, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities, and athletics. We are proud to be the winners of the Innovation Award for CSin3 – a Computer Science degree in three years.  We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit www.hartnell.edu.