By Candace Birkelbach
Killeen Daily Herald
Central Texas College students wanting to advance their futures at other schools had the chance Tuesday to gather information to make their dreams a reality.
Students seeking to transfer from CTC to a four-year university had the opportunity on Transfer Day to gather information from college booths representing dozens of in-state and out-of-state colleges.
Recruiters from popular Texas schools and out-of-state schools were there to answer students' questions.
"We know most students want to transfer to a four-year university," said Ana Scruggs, CTC transfer counselor. "This is a good opportunity to get a host of information in one place."
Some of the in-state universities represented at the event included the University of Texas, UT-Arlington, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas State, Sam Houston State and Texas State.
Out-of-state schools who sent representatives included the University of Hawaii, Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico.
Representatives from technical colleges such as ITT Technical Institute and military academies also were present.
Dawn Freeman, admissions counselor for the University of Hawaii, said Transfer Day offers students a broad perspective on the different choices available to them.
"It's an easy way to compare other schools without having to travel to each state," Freeman said.
Looking at out-of-state schools provides students with opportunities they may not be aware of, Freeman added.
"If a student never leaves Texas, how do they know it's the best place to get an education?" Freeman asked.
CTC sophomore Micah Ables said he came to Transfer Day to see what options he had in the United States Naval and Air Force academies. Ables said it's important to check with schools regarding transfer credits, application deadlines and scholarship opportunities.
Scruggs said Transfer Day helps students make important decisions about their education. She said there are large differences in universities, including costs, that students need to be aware of.
Sophomore Michael Call said he found out what he needed to do to transfer to Sam Houston State University.
"I wanted to talk to recruiters about information on different schools of interest to me and different majors," Call said.
He said it would be difficult and expensive to travel to each school he was interested in to get all the information he needed to make an educated decision.
"Transfer Day gives students the information they will need to make a transfer," said Mike Spies, transfer coordinator at Texas A&M. "Each school is different and they aren't all looking for the same things for admissions."
Spies said Tuesday's event gave CTC students the chance to make sure they are taking the right courses to gain acceptance into the university of their choice.
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