Dr. James Linksz, left, MCCC interim president, and Ursinus President S. Brock Blomberg smile following the parternship agreement signing
COLLEGEVILLE PA – A new agreement between Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) and Ursinus College allows the community college’s graduates to easily transfer their two years of credits to Ursinus and complete their four-year bachelor’s degrees, the institutions announced Thursday (Dec. 3, 2015).
The student transfers apply to MCCC students who graduate with Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate in Fine Arts, Associate in Applied Science, or Associate in General Studies degrees, and who have a 3.0-or-higher grade-point average. They can enroll in Ursinus as juniors, given they meet its admissions requirements and complete a transfer admissions intent form before applying.
While MCCC’s graduates have successfully transferred to institutions across the country and world, building formal relationships with select colleges and universities streamlines the transfer process, the colleges said. Partnerships also introduce students to transfer destinations they may not have considered.
The transfer agreement is not the first time the two institutions have collaborated. During the summer, two MCCC science, technology, engineering and math students – Sean Heron of Royersford, and Rachel Simon of Bensalem – participated in an Ursinus’ pilot program for community college research. They worked on original research projects alongside teams of Ursinus students and faculty mentors.
“This was a great experience,” said Heron. “I was able to use the techniques I learned at MCCC and adapt them for what was needed in the lab. It helped me to grow as a student, and it also verified the career path I want to pursue.”
The latest agreement is the latest between MCCC and other institutions. Its partners include Bucknell University, Bryn Mawr College, Dickinson College and Lehigh University. In total, MCCC has transfer agreements with nearly 60 colleges and universities. MCCC is Ursinus’ first formal community college partner.
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