TCC and FAMU create transfer student convergence plan


Transferring from a community college to a university can be difficult for many students, but Tallahassee Community College and Florida A&M are pursuing a way to make the process easier.

The Rattler Room, an on-campus site at TCC, allows students to discover the areas of study FAMU offers, as well as learning the steps needed to declare a major.

Carla Mathis, a second-year general studies student from Daytona, said the convergence is helpful.

“The Rattler Room is helping me to pick a major and transfer with a scholarship,” said Mathis. “I’m glad it’s here because it’s helping me find a direction to my next steps academically.”

FAMU uses the room to highlight scholarships that students may not be aware of when they transfer from a community college, like five scholarship amounts for transfer students.

The two-year scholarships are awarded to students with an Associate of Arts or Sciences and a minimum 2.5 GPA. They range from $1,500-5,000.

The Rattler Room has representatives available to meet with students interested in transferring to FAMU to advise them on available options.

Alicia Harrison Bailey, FAMU’s enrollment coordinator, said the goal is to provide students with postsecondary advising and scholarships.

Trina Paul, a third-year social work student and recent transfer from TCC, said she wishes she had known about the Rattler Room.

“The room is a great way to help students,” Paul said. “When I transferred to FAMU, I was lost and wish I had received some help.”

The Rattler Room is located in Room 221 at TCC’s student union and is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.