Arcadia University is one of 40 colleges and universities in the nation to be named to the Phi Theta Kappa’s inaugural Excellence in Community College Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities for creating dynamic pathways to support community college transfer.
The schools selected to the Transfer Honor Roll were cited for their exemplary programs, initiatives, and benefits for community college transfers. Judging was based on engagement, collaboration, impact, and achievements related to the transfer of community college students as well as partnerships, support, admissions outreach, scholarships/financial aid, student engagement opportunities, and institutional priorities.
“When I was first transferring into Arcadia, I was most concerned about making friends and fitting in,” said Calli Umipig ’18. “When I went to community college, I didn’t go full time, so I was scared that I wasn’t going to make the transition well. But to come here and find a home, and feel like I have another family, it’s been really reassuring that I made the right decision.”
Arcadia University offers unique opportunities for all transfer students, including participation in the Preview program, which takes first-year and new transfer students around the world during spring break. In 2016, 390 students traveled to 13 countries to explore cultural topics such as food, literature, education, and politics.
Transfer students in good academic standing can be rewarded for academic excellence through the Distinguished Scholarship program, including guaranteed amounts for qualifying members of Phi Theta Kappa. Other awards and scholarships are also available exclusively for transfer students to help meet educational costs.
“Arcadia University facilitates a seamless transition by awarding scholarships and financial aid, accepting most college credits, and helping each transfer build his or her academic plan,” said Mark Lapreziosa, vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Arcadia. “Our resources allow incoming students to pursue a degree that’s tailored to their interests, take advantage of study abroad opportunities, and ease into the Arcadia community.”
Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious honor society recognizing students pursuing two-year degrees. Phi Theta Kappa is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.