Posted on June 9th in Press Room

Phi Theta Kappa Recognizes 208 Colleges for Exemplary Transfer Pathways

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Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) has named 208 colleges and universities to its 2023 Transfer Honor Roll in recognition of the dynamic pathways they have created to support community college transfer students.

The Transfer Honor Roll is determined by 40 key metrics related to the support and success of transfer students, including college cost and financial aid, campus life for transfer, admission practices, and bachelor’s degree completion. The Transfer Honor Roll was based on analysis from the National Student Clearinghouse, and on data submitted through the four-year institution’s profile on PTK Connect, Phi Theta Kappa’s online tool designed to help students find their best-fit colleges and career pathways.

Colleges completing the PTK Connect profile are given a Transfer Friendliness Rating. The Honor Roll is chosen from among the top 25 percent highest-rated colleges.

Spotlighted at the 2022 American Council on Education (ACE) conference, the Transfer Honor Roll recognizes the importance of creating strong transfer pathways that lead to excellence and success among community college transfer students, and this year’s winners had exceptional outcomes, and several of these included:

  • Average percent of transfer in undergraduate population – 43%
  • Average bachelor’s degree completion rate among transfers – 66%
  • Average credit transferred toward a degree major and/or plan – 85%
  • Average percent of transfer students receiving merit-based financial aid – 73%

“The goal of most students attending community college is a bachelor’s degree, but few do because of financial barriers and the complexities of the transfer process,” says Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “We are proud to recognize the exceptional colleges and universities that go above and beyond to create accessible pathways to bachelor’s degree completion for community college transfer students.”

Members of the 2023 Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll are:

Adelphi UniversityAlbion CollegeAlma College
Anna Maria CollegeAntioch University – Santa BarbaraAntioch University – Seattle
Appalachian State UniversityArcadia UniversityArizona State University
Athens State UniversityAugsburg UniversityBaldwin Wallace University
Barton CollegeBay Path UniversityBelhaven University
Bellevue UniversityBeloit CollegeBentley University
Binghamton UniversityBlackburn CollegeBlue Mountain Christian University
Bluffton UniversityBradley UniversityBryant University
Buena Vista UniversityCarroll CollegeCarson-Newman University
Carthage CollegeChatham UniversityClarke University
College for Creative StudiesColumbia College (SC)Concordia University St. Paul
Cornell CollegeCumberland UniversityDallas Baptist University
Delaware Valley UniversityDePaul UniversityDrake University
Duquesne UniversityEast Texas Baptist UniversityEastern Illinois University
Eastern Kentucky UniversityEastern Oregon UniversityEckerd College
Elizabethtown CollegeElmhurst UniversityElmira College
Florida International UniversityFlorida Southern CollegeFreed-Hardeman University
Friends UniversityGeorgetown University School of Continuing StudiesGeorgian Court University
Gonzaga UniversityGrand View UniversityGreenville University
Hamline UniversityHiram CollegeHoly Family University
Hood CollegeIllinois CollegeIllinois Institute of Technology
Illinois State UniversityImmaculata UniversityIowa State University
Kansas State UniversityKean UniversityKing’s College
Kutztown UniversityLa Salle UniversityLake Forest College
Lawrence UniversityLebanon Valley CollegeLees-McRae College
LIM CollegeLindenwood UniversityLipscomb University
Long Island University PostLoyola Marymount UniversityLoyola University Chicago
Loyola University MarylandLoyola University New OrleansMarian University
Marquette UniversityMaryville CollegeMcMurry University
Merrimack CollegeMillikin UniversityMillsaps College
Mississippi State UniversityMonmouth CollegeMount Mercy University
Mount St. Joseph UniversityMount St. Mary’s UniversityNebraska Wesleyan University
Neumann UniversityNew College of FloridaNew York Institute of Technology
Newberry CollegeNewman UniversityNiagara University
North Carolina Wesleyan UniversityNorth Central CollegeNortheastern State University
Northern Arizona UniversityNorthern Michigan UniversityNorthland College
Notre Dame of Maryland UniversityOakland UniversityOglethorpe University
Ohio Dominican UniversityOhio UniversityOhio University – OHIO Online
Pacific UniversityPalo Alto UniversityPeru State College
Prescott CollegeRadford UniversityRandolph-Macon College
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteRider UniversityRoanoke College
Robert Morris UniversityRockhurst UniversityRoger Williams University
Rollins CollegeRowan UniversityRussell Sage College
Rutgers University NewarkSaint Joseph’s UniversitySaint Peter’s University
Saint Xavier UniversitySchool of the Art Institute of ChicagoSeattle University
Shepherd UniversitySimmons UniversitySimpson College
Southern Illinois University CarbondaleSouthern Wesleyan UniversitySpring Hill College Mobile
Springfield CollegeSt. Cloud State UniversitySt. Edward’s University
St. John Fisher UniversitySt. Mary’s College of CaliforniaStephens College
Stevenson UniversityStockton UniversitySuffolk University
SUNY CortlandSUNY GeneseoSUNY Polytechnic Institute
Tabor CollegeTexas A&M University-Corpus ChristiTexas Lutheran University
Texas Tech UniversityTexas Wesleyan UniversityThe College of Saint Rose
The University of Texas at ArlingtonThiel CollegeTrevecca Nazarene University
Trinity Christian CollegeTrocaire CollegeTulane University School of Professional Advancement
Union Institute & UniversityUniversity of Arizona Global CampusUniversity of Baltimore
University of Colorado BoulderUniversity of Colorado DenverUniversity of Evansville
University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignUniversity of IowaUniversity of Kansas
University of LouisvilleUniversity of Maine In OronoUniversity of Massachusetts Lowell
University of MississippiUniversity of Missouri-ColumbiaUniversity of Mount Union
University of New HavenUniversity of North TexasUniversity of Northern Iowa
University of Pittsburgh at BradfordUniversity of San FranciscoUniversity of Southern Mississippi
University of TampaUniversity of the Incarnate Word University of Tulsa
Ursinus CollegeUrsuline CollegeUtica University
Valparaiso UniversityWagner CollegeWalsh College
Washington State University Global CampusWayne State UniversityWebster University
Wells CollegeWestern Governors UniversityWestern Kentucky University
Whitworth UniversityWichita State UniversityWilkes University
Wilmington CollegeWilmington University Wisconsin Lutheran College
York College of Pennsylvania

About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at

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