Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Reynolds Hosts Successful Transfer Information Night

As many eager-eyed prospective students filled the Gallery at Georgiadis Hall, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College was ready to kick off their Transfer Information Night on Wednesday, December 3rd. As each student and parent entered, they were handed a packet of information on Reynolds’ guaranteed transfer agreements with the many colleges in attendance.

Proceeding to the exhibit presentation area, the perimeter of the room was filled with college representatives from around the state. Those in attendance included Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, Old Dominion University, University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, and James Madison University.

With the students and parents settled into their seats, the presentation began with a short introduction from Tracy Green, Director of Outreach and Recruitment at Reynolds. Christine Joseph, Recruitment Coordinator, spoke about Reynolds transfer options and played a short video of an alumnus who utilized the transfer program and is now in a successful career.

Robin Beale, Transfer Counselor, came up to speak about the requirements when applying and everything that Reynolds has to offer. She then greeted all eleven admission representatives from each college to come up to the stage to briefly introduce themselves. Each representative stood up and introduced the crowd with their name, the college they were representing, and what their particular college was looking for from a transfer student at Reynolds.

As each representative stood up, many spoke about specific grade point averages to attain, while both the VCU and UVA representatives said preparedness is a huge entity that each college looks for in a student. They said they want to see that the classes the student took here at Reynolds were all in preparation for a certain path that the student would like take at either UVA or VCU.

Jane Todd, Assistant Director for Virginia Tech’s undergraduate admissions office, spoke about logistics for applying as a transfer student. She also expanded her introduction by saying that “over 65% of our transfer students come from community college, so it shows that you can get those courses right here at Reynolds and it is a very viable way to transfer.”

As the presentation began to wrap up, the students and parents were advised to make their way around the room to visit the different college representative’s booths and gather as much information as needed.

Christine Joseph said, “This was the greatest amount in attendance with about 100 participants” based on any other year that Reynolds has hosted this event. She also said that “based on the evaluations, students and parents would like to see more transfer college representatives in the future which is a great sign.”