SANTA MONICA—Santa Monica College has proven for a 27th consecutive year to be the first-ranked community college in the state of California in terms of the number of students that transfer to the University of California.

The report comes from data issued by the University of California Information Center. The Information Center revealed that SMC transferred a total of 1,194 students to the UC system. The report also indicates that UCLA is the most popular destination for transfers (totaling 40 percent of transfers or 482 students), with UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and UC Irvine, falling in second, third, and fourth respectively.

Santa Monica College was ranked the number one junior college by the number of transfers to the University of Southern California, as well as Loyola Marymount University. SMC additionally topped the ratings in the number of transfers by African-American and Chicano/Latino students.

“Santa Monica College is tremendously proud to retain our longtime reputation as California’s leader in transfers to the UC, as well as to the University of Southern California and Loyola Marymount University,” said SMC Superintendent and President, Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery in a statement.

The high number of student transfers from SMC can be attributed to the size of its transfer department.

“SMC’s Transfer Center organizes the largest college fair in the state, conducts workshops, holds weekly visits from four-year institutions, and also has a close working relationship with the UC and CSU systems to make sure SMC students get credit for their classes,” states the SMC website.