NORTHEAST GLENDALE — When Hayk Rostomyan applied to UCLA after graduating from Glendale High School last year, the response put him on a different track.
A letter informed him that admissions staff recommended he further his education elsewhere and reapply. They didn't mention that there'd presumably be fewer admissions due to fewer dollars spent on higher education.
Rostomyan was among the hundreds of Glendale Community College students who took home fliers and information from more than 50 colleges and universities from across the country Tuesday during the college's Transfer Fair.
Rostomyan, 18, said he's keeping a good attitude despite the most competitive higher education atmosphere many college officials can remember.
"I've got all my classes I need for my major," he said. "It should be easy to transfer. They may admit fewer students, but it's always been competitive. That hasn't changed."
But in some ways it has, according to Glendale Community College officials and representatives of visiting colleges and universities. Public school college admissions are far more rigid and unforgiving than in years past, said Kevin Meza, who runs the transfer center at Glendale Community College.