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U of I schedules Transfer Information Day for southern Illinois
New event seeks to boost community college enrollment, transfers

Contact: Marilyn Marshall
Office: (217) 333-3079

March 17, 2016  Tweet this | Share on Facebook

URBANA — The University of Illinois will host a new event for southern Illinois students and academic leaders this month to increase community college enrollment and transfer opportunities for students from the region.

The university’s Transfer Information Day is scheduled for March 22 at the Illinois Marketplace and Maker Literacy Center in the Illinois Star Centre Mall in Marion.                          

The day-long event was organized in response to declining community college enrollment in southern Illinois and low numbers of transfers to U of I campuses from the region’s two-year colleges.

Over the last five years, community college enrollment in the southern part of the state has declined nearly 20 percent while high school graduation rates in the region held fairly steady. Meanwhile, the U of I’s three campuses welcomed about 2,225 transfer students from the state’s community colleges last fall, but only a small fraction of those students are transfers from southern Illinois.

The event will offer three separate informational programs that encourage students to enroll in the area’s community colleges and then transfer to an Illinois public university, including the U of I campuses in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign.

University representatives will be available to provide information about each campus and answer questions regarding the admissions process. Throughout the day, there also will be 3-D printing demonstrations at the event site, the new home of University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois Marketplace and Maker Literacy Center.

Sessions will provide information that help high school and community college students plan for the next step in their education. High school and community college counselors, teachers, administrators and admissions staff also are encouraged to attend. No registration is required.

The event begins with a transfer opportunities breakfast from 9 to 10:30 a.m. that will focus on planning a seamless transfer from community college to a four-year university. The opening event is particularly geared for high school students, though they are welcome at any of the sessions.

A U of I transfer fair is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., providing opportunities to meet with staff from the university’s campuses. The event concludes with a U of I community night from 5 to 6:30 p.m. that will explore transfer options.

For more information about the event, contact Dena Lawrence at 217-244-0931; email


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