NECC Observer

The student news website of Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill and Lawrence, Mass.

Transfer Fair draws a crowd

On Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., over 30 admissions representatives from multiple four-year public and private institutions visited Haverhill’s Northern Essex Community College’s campus.

There, the admissions counselors supplied information to interested students on what programs are available to them as well as transfer requirements and more.

It had been two years since this event took place on both Haverhill and Lawrence campuses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now arrangements for the next Transfer Fair are being considered.

At the Hartleb Technology Center (Building TC) in Haverhill, NECC students were greeted with pizza and given the opportunity to enter a raffle when they signed up at the front entrance.

A transfer checklist was handed out and on it were guidelines as to how students can prepare to transfer to a four-year school after graduating as well as questions that they can ask representatives.

NECC’s Director of Transfer, Articulation, and Academic Center Advising, Michelle Sunday, says, “The Transfer Fairs give students an opportunity to talk to transfer counselors at the college they were thinking about transferring to after graduation as well as some colleges they maybe haven’t considered.” She explains that the best time for students to connect with transfer counselors is in the Fall, before graduation in May.

Sunday continues, “Connecting with a transfer counselor is important because they are the experts on the admissions process, criteria to get into certain majors that might be more competitive than others, deadlines, and scholarships … It is important to begin those conversations early so there are no surprises once graduation rolls around and they’re ready to transfer.” The privileges of completing an associate degree at Northern Essex Community College are that individuals can save over thirteen hundred dollars when transferring to a state or private university, and most four-year institutions have better scholarships when transferring with an associate degree.

NECC’s Deb LaValley, says, “NECC has many Joint Admissions Agreements four-year Institutions that make transferring easier.”

Not only is Northern Essex Community College partnered with colleges and universities in Massachusetts but also in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. For anyone who was not able to attend this event, current students can reach out to their academic advisor, academic center, program coordinator of their major, or even Director, Michelle Sunday and Deb LaValley.
They can answer questions about the transfer process, connect students to transfer counselors at the transfer college/university, and connect them to resources like transfer scholarship opportunity. It is vital that students check NECC’s Event Calendar for College Tabling Visits. https://www.necc.mass.edu/succeed/academic-support-services/starting-necc-transferring/campus-visits-transfer-events/.