Commuter/Out of Area Transfer Program

The Commuter/Out of Area (COOA)Transfer program aims to support the successful academic transition of transfer students who are commuting to the University of California, Irvine and or are coming from outside the Southern California area.  Housed under UCI’s Transfer Student Hub, this program was formed to aid COOA students engage, enhance, and maximize their academic transition to university life and completion of their bachelor’s degree.



COOA at the University of California, Irvine strives to provide support to students commuting to campus and who may be further affected by the culture shock of coming from outside of the Southern California region.  This program aims to create a network that enhances the academic success and student engagement of commuters and out of area students at UCI.  Students in this program are given an opportunity and support to advocate for their needs as well as a transfer counselor, which they meet with every quarter.


To enhance the academic success for commuters and out of area students at UCI




As a COOA transfer student, we understand that there are varying needs that can affect the academic success of a student who must spend extensive amount of time commuting while balancing the new demands of a four year university.  Therefore, COOA transfer program participants are assigned a transfer counselor that supports their academic success and successful transition into the university.



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Rocio Zamudio

Transfer Student Hub Coordinator

PH: (949)824-7052


Rocio transferred from Santa Ana College to California State University, Fullerton where she earned a B.A. in Sociology. Additionally, she was awarded an M.S. in Counseling from California State University, Long Beach (Go Beach!) where she completed a thesis on Latinas in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) who have persisted through community college and 4-year universities.  Her research and experience working with transfer students at Santa Ana College has ignited her passion for working with first-generation, low-income, and non-traditionally aged students who have overcome a variety of obstacles to reach their academic goals.  Her commitment to student success has inspired her to pursue a doctorate in the near future in order to change the institutional barriers faced by these students.