by Alana J. Mauger
Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) and Widener University (Widener) entered into a Dual Admissions Transfer Agreement on April 29 during an official signing event at the College’s Central Campus in Blue Bell, Pa.
Under the agreement, MCCC students who graduate with Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.), Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) or Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.) degrees are eligible to transfer to Widener’s day/full-time division, as long as they also meet specific program criteria. Widener will also waive students’ application fees and will award merit-based scholarships ranging from $8,000-$16,000 based on their grade point average (GPA).
The dual admissions transfer agreement builds on nine long-standing program-to-program agreements between the two institutions. Some of these are now included under the new agreement, such as Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Management, and Engineering Science. Others, such as Allied Health and Professional Studies, will continue to exist as program-to-program agreements. These agreements demonstrate the long history of partnership between the institutions.
“Widener University has been growing in popularity as a transfer destination for Montgomery County Community College’s students, especially over the past five years among graduates of our Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Radiography and Surgical Technology programs,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, MCCC president. “In addition Widener’s EAC-accredited Engineering curriculum is very attractive to students enrolled in the College’s recently-redesigned Engineering Science program. We are pleased to continue growing our partnership with such an excellent institution.”
“Montgomery County Community College graduates who transfer to Widener will have access to a wealth of leadership and experiential learning opportunities at one of the nation’s leading metropolitan universities,” said Widener President James T. Harris III. “The commitment of Montgomery County Community College to innovation, academic excellence and the use of technology is second to none, and we are proud to forge this partnership with such a quality institution.”
With the signing of the agreement, MCCC now has 25 dual admissions transfer agreements with four-year institutions. To learn more about transfer opportunities at MCCC, visit mc3.edu/campusLife/student-resources/transfer.