Selective colleges and universities are pursuing community college achievers who can provide racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Sichen Hernandez-Martinez is the type of undergraduate who is increasingly in demand at four-year colleges: She had been a community college honors student, a member of campus government and was active in school clubs.
After three years at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, she was admitted to USC, UC Riverside and Cal State San Bernardino. She accepted a scholarship to Pomona College, a selective, private school in Claremont, which she entered as a junior this year.
. . . “Our college is always interested in enrolling a diverse population of students that includes race and ethnicity but also socioeconomic background,” said Joel Hart, Pomona’s senior assistant dean of admissions. “Some students don’t have the same advantages as that of a significant portion of our campus, but they have overcome that and those experiences make them compelling applicants.”
Whittier College, a private, liberal arts campus near Los Angeles recruits about 15 percent of its students from such two-year schools as Pasadena City College, Mount San Antonio College in Walnut and Whittier’s Rio Hondo College. Starting in 2015, Whittier will help prepare about 300 two-year graduates annually to transfer to elite universities across the country.