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These Universities Make Transferring Easy

These Universities Make Transferring Easy

These colleges are among 65 recognized as members of Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll for transfer excellence.

Eastern Michigan University

Like many others contemplating transfer, Washtenaw Community College student Connor Rivera was perplexed as he tried to figure out the next steps in his academic journey and career path.

“Advisors from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) were extremely friendly and helped me understand the MACRAO agreement, which allowed me to save money and transfer my classes to a four-year university,” he said. “Transferring to EMU was the greatest decision of my life.”

The Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (MACRAO) partners with all 28 Michigan community colleges to ensure transfer agreement and resources.

EMU also offers transfer services such as peer to peer mentoring, a transfer club, transfer positions in student government and drop-in office hours. In addition, the essay requirement is waived for PTK members seeking entry into EMU’s honors program.

"Transfer students are very successful at Eastern Michigan University with degree completion, grade point average, and involvement on campus,” said Colleen Kibin, Assistant Director of Community College Relations. “Phi Theta Kappa members have an opportunity to be involved in the Honors College and are eligible to apply for our Phi Theta Kappa scholarships."

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC), launched its Passport Program in 2010 to assist transfer students.

Candidates offered admission to this bridge program were identified from the UNC freshman applicant pool as students who would benefit from transitional services prior to enrollment. Selection is based on high school grade point averages that fall slightly below UNC freshmen class average but are in alignment with North Carolina community colleges’ measurements for success and placement.

NCCC Pathways provides specific guidance to transfers at North Carolina’s 59 community colleges. Pathways are tailored to each major at UNC and provide community college course equivalencies.

McKenna Jane Smith recently transferred from Piedmont Community College to UNC utilizing the Passport Program.

“My first year I focused more on my classes than anything else,” she said. “It was an adjustment from CPC, but by the spring semester I had all A’s and B’s in my classes.”

Ohio University

Ohio University’s (OU) STEP plan allows students enrolled at any of Ohio’s 20 community colleges to develop a personalized pathway that aids in the seamless completion of an associate and bachelor’s degree, including in-person academic coaching.

“OU and Clark State Community College work together to develop detailed transfer guides, said Clark State Provost Dr. Amit Singh. “Students, parents and academic advisors utilize these transfer guides to make solid decisions about course and major selection.”

Through the OU Transfer Ambassador program, current transfer students write notes and participate in social media communications with prospective students in addition to serving speakers on community college visits.

Terra State Community College graduate Katie Harmon is now a senior at OU.

“My transfer process was a very pleasant one, and I found ease with every part of the process,” she said, adding that she was able to get an up close look at OU during a transfer student visit day.

“My experience was also made easier by having the option of living in a residence hall with a floor of all transfer students,” Katie added. “I made friends with other transfer students and felt at home with the support I received from Ohio University.”

Loyola Marymount University

A transfer from Moorpark College, Jamie Meugniot is now a marketing major at Loyola Marymount University (LMU).

“Transfer was intimidating at first, but LMU hosted transfer-specific events that were a key resource in my transition,” he said. “From faculty and staff, to my peers, I experienced an outpouring of support and genuine care.’

Now Jamie helps other transfer student as an orientation coordinator and president of the Transfer Friends organization on campus

LMU also offers a transfer living community and peer mentoring program to ease the transition.

“At LMU, where transfer students make up 20 percent of our undergraduate population, we have made a decision to invest our resources in recruiting and enrolling the best transfer students in the world,” said Thomas A. Gutto, Director of Transfer Enrollment. “What better partner than PTK?”


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