Representatives from more than 40 different four-year colleges descended upon the Merced College campus on August 31 to give students valuable information about possible transfer destinations.

The annual Transfer Day was a rousing success with students flooding the Quad throughout the morning to speak with colleges like Fresno State, Cal State Stanislaus and UC Merced.

While the Merced College staff that facilitated Transfer Day were pleased with the showing, the group was blown away by the participation in College Night later that evening. Hundreds of high school students from Merced County and abroad filled Don Reid Court to the brim for a chance to speak with universities from all over the country.

“Transfer Day is something that’s been going on for years,” Director of Office of Relations with Schools Dr. Anne DiCarlo said. “It’s run by the state, so all the representatives are on a circuit. They were in Modesto the day before and Fresno the day after.”

“I think it went well. The turnout was pretty much the same as last year. It’s always nice to see students really excited about some of the programs. I heard them talking about everything from digital art to archeology to graphic design, so there’s a little something for everyone.”

While Transfer Day followed the status quo, the subsequent College Night far exceeded everyone’s expectations.

“We were not prepared for that,” DiCarlo said. “There were probably 100 to 150 more kids than we were expecting. Students were bused in from Dos Palos, Livingston, Hilmar, Gustine and Denair.

“It was a really nice atmosphere. It’s very satisfying to see so many kids excited about going to college and realizing what their options are.”