Graduates of Connecticut’s community colleges who earn an associate’s degree with at least a B average will be guaranteed admission to UConn through a new program announced Nov. 14.
The Guaranteed Admissions Program will provide Connecticut’s community college students with admission to any UConn campus – Storrs, Avery Point, Greater Hartford, Torrington, Waterbury, or Stamford – provided they complete an associate’s degree and have at least a 3.0 (B) grade point average in a liberal arts or other approved major.
Approved majors include horticulture, veterinary technician, and environmental engineering technology.
Students must sign up before they have earned 16 community college credits. They then receive counseling from UConn advisors.
The agreement was signed during a press conference at Manchester Community College by UConn President Michael J. Hogan, and Marc S. Herzog, chancellor of the community college system.
“Connecticut’s investments in all of its systems of higher learning are paying dividends by helping to create our highly skilled workforce,” Gov. M. Jodi Rell said.
“Community colleges provide unique, affordable college opportunities to thousands of students throughout our state.
“The Guaranteed Admission Program rewards student achievement by offering an opportunity for students to complete a degree at the University of Connecticut,” Rell added.
“These students will have the chance to attain a bachelor’s degree at UConn, and enter the professional workforce as a major contributor to the state’s economy.”
Students admitted to the University can select from more than 50 majors offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
“This agreement will prove very beneficial to Connecticut students, the community colleges and the University of Connecticut, and the state of Connecticut,” said Hogan.
“It’s a win-win-win situation. I’m looking forward to working with Marc Herzog and our community colleges as we open opportunities for four-year degrees to more of our young people.”
| Chancellor Marc Herzog, seated left, and President Michael J. Hogan sign an articulation agreement between the community colleges and UConn, as state legislators and representatives of the community college system look on.
|Photo by Peter Morenus
The program follows a successful pilot program that enabled students from three community colleges – Three Rivers, Manchester, and Quinebaug Valley – to enroll in liberal arts programs at UConn’s Storrs campus.
Since the start of the pilot program in 2004, the Guaranteed Admissions Program has grown to 140 students enrolled at community colleges and 18 students enrolled at UConn.
The new agreement extends the program to all 12 community colleges and all six UConn campuses.
“This agreement represents a major expansion of opportunity for community college students,” said Herzog.
“Each year, the open doors of community colleges offer thousands of students access to the many opportunities provided by higher education – academic success, personal development, improved earning potential and career advancement, and a better life for themselves, their families, and the communities in which they live.
“We’re very grateful to the University, its leaders, the leaders of our ‘pioneer’ colleges, and all those who developed, implemented, fine tuned, and expanded the agreement beyond its beginnings in 2004,” Herzog added.
“Now the door to opportunity has been opened for the benefit of all Connecticut’s students, who can enjoy a streamlined transfer process and extensive support services.”
Students who do not participate in the Guaranteed Admissions Program may still be eligible to transfer to UConn through a
competitive transfer process.