Carroll College #1 for Supporting Transfer Students

Friday, May 25, 2018

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Seal graphicHELENA – Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has named Carroll College to its 2018 Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities creating dynamic pathways to support transfer students. Carroll was one of 112 colleges and universities awarded this distinction nationwide and the only institution from Montana.

Open to all regionally accredited baccalaureate degree-granting institutions, Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll recognizes excellence and success in community college transfer pathway development. To be considered, participating institutions complete an application detailing their community college transfer programs. Applications are evaluated in the areas of scholarship and financial aid, admissions outreach, student support services, and student engagement opportunities.

“Carroll has worked hard this past year to become a very transfer-friendly institution. Part of this commitment is due to our new policy whereby students who have earned a transferable AA or AS degree from a two-year college in the U.S. have fulfilled our core requirements except for Introduction to Theology and a philosophy course,” said Transfer Student Coordinator and Director of International Admission Michelle Lewis.

In addition to having transfer-friendly policies, Carroll has transfer agreements in place with the Montana two-year college system, the Colorado Community College system, the Spokane Community College system and Spokane Falls Community College. As part of Carroll’s service, they provide pre-transfer academic advising and degree completion planning. They also provide transfer pathway guides for nursing and anthrozoology majors, which are two of Carroll’s most popular majors for prospective transfer students.

Transfer students are also eligible for a variety of scholarships. Carroll’s financial aid team meets with prospective transfer students to review their financial aid and scholarship options both during the inquiry stage through the application process. Subsequently, before students submit their enrollment deposit to Carroll, they have a clear understanding of their financial aid package and any loans or outside scholarships they might qualify for in addition to their Carroll merit and institutional aid. Carroll also provides housing for transfer students with both furnished, suite-style apartments and unfurnished apartments with year-long leases. The apartments are for families or students who want a more independent-style of living with the convenience of being on campus.

“At Carroll, we value the perspectives and educational experiences our transfer students bring to our campus,” said Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Cathy Day. “We are excited that they have chosen to continue their education at Carroll College and we work diligently with them to create a dynamic pathway to a four-year degree.”

As part of Carroll's efforts to assist transfer students, the Admissions Office will be hosting five "Transfer Tuesdays" on campus this summer (June 5, 19, July 10, 24 and August 7) from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Counselors will review financial aid, scholarships, and the admission process. Find more information.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.