FCCs Transfer Fair inspires students to go to a four year college

Transfer Fair helps students beyond FCC

Many Frederick Community College students who attend Frederick Community College already have plans to earn an undergraduate degree.

To help them with finding what college or university could be the right fit, FCC Transfer Day last week.

The event, which was held Oct. 6 in the FCC Athletics Center, served to provide FCC students with intentions of transferring to four-year schools important information regarding the rigorous transfer process.

The occasion boasted over 50 transfer institutions and programs with admission teams from across the Eastern shore. While the fair has been hosted at FCC for many years previous, this year’s event happens to be the first official in-person transfer fair since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The universities were set up into several long lines across the gym, each with their own handouts and setups for students to visit and receive. Many of the programs reiterated important upcoming open house dates and other online events that are very important for helping transfer students get a better feel for the school.

They also had pamphlets and sets of info for visitors to take with them in order to ultimately become more familiar with the program.]

FCC has articulation agreements with a handful of big university programs in Maryland including University of Maryland, University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Global Campus, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Towson University, Frostburg State University, Salisbury University, Mount St. Mary’s University-Maryland, Hood College, McDaniel College, Stevenson University, Penn State University, Shepherd University, and Virginia Tech University.

Articulation agreements mean that many degree programs transfer most or all credits very easily.

Several students expressed positive feedback after the event. Exercise science major Justin Lynch, 19, expressed “It was nice to be able to see different options for my future.’

“It can be stressful going through the transfer process alone, so receiving lots of help and advice from (the universities and programs present) gives me a lot more confidence in my future possibilities,” he said.

Luke Nelson, 20, a general studies major, liked that the event was in person.

“Being able to talk with a lot of local universities face-to-face is really important because you can begin to put together faces and contacts with actual transfer programs that you wouldn’t normally be able to online,” he said.

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