Transfer process designed to ease transition

Jan 30, 2020
Newman University

Transferring to Newman University is a fairly easy process thanks to articulation agreements with smaller community colleges and a number of generous scholarships offered to the transfer student demographic.

Articulation agreements are documents created between two colleges that state the requirements and policies for transfer. As the agreement is being written, curriculum is discussed and certain courses are deemed transferrable from one university to the next.

This process allows students to transition to their new college with ease and minimal juggling.

The most popular fields students transfer into are within the Nursing and Allied Health programs, but Newman sees transfers into a large number of its programs.

Newman’s strong partnerships with community colleges in the surrounding area aid the efficiency of transferring for students.

Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions Angel Moore said they focus on staying in close communication with academic advisors at community colleges.

“Those relationships are pretty great because we’re able to get information to them quickly,” said Moore. “And we’re in the know, too, with things that are happening at those schools.”

The transfer admissions office works closely with those academic advisors to make sure future Newman students are getting the correct prerequisite classes they need for their program of choice.

Moore added, “We are also able to get those students connected with our faculty so they can get information directly from the experts on all the classes they need.”

In addition to the articulation agreements and advisor communication, Newman offers a variety of scholarship options specifically designated for transfer students.

“The Phi Theta Kappa scholarship (PTK) — it is extraordinary that we have that scholarship and that we are able to offer the highest amount at $4,500,” Moore said. “There are certain criteria they have to have such as a 3.5 GPA and they need to be (a PTK) club member. And as long as they’re a first-time transfer student coming from a two-year (college) and they are a member of PTK, they get that scholarship.”

Other scholarships available are focused on academics, dual advising, incentives and degree-specific. Most transfer scholarships are also renewable for up to four semesters and some can be stacked with others.

Moore said it’s also important for transfer students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well to find out if they are eligible for other benefits.

“I always encourage students to file the FAFSA because we have need-based grants for students that qualify. So even if they’re not going to utilize student loans, I highly recommend they complete the FAFSA.”

The university’s admissions office has a positive record of helping students make the transition to Newman, providing students with a one on one, personalized experience.

Moore said that is something she is proud of and knows students appreciate it, too.

“Because we are a smaller university, we have the luxury of being able to follow up with our students all the time. So they have someone designated to help support them and assist them through the entire process.”