Scholars Program

Workshops

 

Information Workshops

This workshop is for new and continuing SMC students who are interested in finding out about the Scholars Program and the various priority admissions contracts housed within the program. UCLA's TAP contract will be covered extensively as will the requirements for applying to the program. (Note that this workshop is not for students who are already in the Scholars Program)

UC Application Workshops

Students will be guided on how to correctly fill out and complete the University of California transfer admissions application. Particular attention will be given to specific areas on the application that are crucial to the Scholars Program (TAP) student. Instructions for completing the TAP certification form and process will be covered in this workshop.

UC Personal Insight Questions

UC Personal Insight Questions presents an important opportunity for students to distinguish themselves from other applicants. In this workshop, students will learn what schools are looking for and appropriate topics to address. This workshop is designed to assist students in creating an essay that will have a lasting and positive impression.

These workshops are optional.

Discussion on topics of the personal insight questions will be given, as well as suggestions on how to prepare a solid essay.

These workshops are conducted by the General Counseling and Transfer Services Center Counselors.  The following workshops will be conducted by a Scholars Counselor:

Fall 2024 PIQ Workshops will be posted here in July 2024

TAG Workshops

Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) is a program that offers students from a community college guaranteed admission to several colleges and universities. The writing of a TAG contract enables qualified students to be guaranteed admissions one year prior to transfer.

SMC students can secure guaranteed admission to a variety of UC, CSU, and private colleges. However, you must meet certain requirements and deadlines, and in some case, fill out a contract.

These workshops are conducted by the General Counseling and Transfer Services Center Counselors.  The following workshop will be conducted by a Scholars Counselor:

Fall 2024 TAG Workshops will be posted here in July 2024

CSU Application Workshops

An SMC counselor will explain how to complete the CSU application. The entire application will be covered line by line and questions will be addressed (Click on CSU Application Workshops above for link). 

  • CSU applications for fall admission must be submitted October 1 - November 30 (unless deadline is extended)

These workshops are conducted by the General Counseling and Transfer Services Center Counselors.  However, the following Workshops will be co-conducted by a Scholars Counselor:

Fall 2024 CSU Workshops will be posted here in July 2024

Common Application Workshops

The Common Application is a web based application that is used by over 500 local and out of state colleges and universities.

USC, Pepperdine, and LMU all use the Common Application.

This lab time will allow you to work on your Common Application(s), UC & CSU application(s) and bring specific questions to a counselor. Please bring copies of transcripts from all colleges attended. Personal statements/essays will not be read during this time, however, you are encouraged to see an SMC counselor to have him/her read your essay and provide feedback.

Limited computers will be available, therefore if you have a laptop we strongly encourage you to bring it.

For more information on applying to private colleges using the Common Application, please refer to the workshops offered through the Transfer Center.

These workshops are presented by the General Counseling and Transfer Services Center Counselors.  However, the following workshop will be conducted by a Scholars Counselor:

Fall 2024 Common App Workshops will be posted here in July 2024

Special Topic Workshops

Here you you will find special topic workshops that are offered throughout the academic year.  

How To Strategize Choosing Your Major

This workshop will cover the various factors that go into choosing your college major and how to utilize the benefit of an alternate major choice with TAP at UCLA

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 (Virtual)
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Listen to the recording

Career Services presentation for scholarS program students

Join us at the Career Services Center Workshop, uncover the connection between your major and potential careers, and learn how to leverage your resources to research salaries, job prospects, and the skills needed for your future career.

Tuesday, March 15, 2024 (Virtual)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

UC TAG workshop for scholarS program students

UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Santa Barbara offer guaranteed admissions for transfer students. This workshop will help students decide if one of these schools' Transfer Admissions Guarantees (TAG) is right for you and how to best strategize Summer and Fall 2024 courses for a Fall 2025 admission offer. Although this workshop will focus on Fall 25 applicants, all students are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 (Virtual)
5 - 6 p.m.
Registration Link(opens in new window)
Upon registering for this workshop, please add the event to your calendar when prompted

Student Services Workshops

General Transfer Counseling Workshops are offered year-round.  These are amazing workshops scheduled by many departments to support students. 

Visit SMC's Calendar of Events for a list of campus-wide workshops.