Kutztown University Named Transfer Honor Roll Recipient for Third Consecutive Year
KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Kutztown University has once again been named to Phi Theta Kappa's 2020 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes the excellence and success of the top 25% of four-year colleges and universities in creating dynamic pathways to support transfer students. This year's honor roll includes 122 schools from across the nation. Kutztown is one of eight Pennsylvania schools honored and the only member of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.
Established in 2016, KU’s inclusion on this year’s list has moved the institution into a majority-awarded recipient, receiving the honor three out of the five years the honor has existed. The consecutive honor marks KU’s consistent dedication to transfer students.
Transfer students looking to KU will find a host of opportunities and support from staff specifically assigned to assist with the needs of transfer students, transfer admission days, on-campus transfer special interest group housing, transfer-only orientations and special Welcome Week and weekend programs. KU has multiple scholarships for transfer students including merit scholarships for any transfer students, the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) scholarship as well as scholarships for housing, textbooks and students who complete an associate degree before attending KU.
"I came to Kutztown after pushing through community college as a single, teen mother and one crushing semester at a private college. They looked down on me and really crushed my self-confidence," said KU transfer student, Taryn Bullivant. "Kutztown immediately lifted me up and has continued to do so every day. I'm not able to live on campus, but I've never felt like I don't belong here. The kindness, understanding, encouragement and opportunity comes from every person you meet here from peers to staff, faculty, administration and the community."
Bullivant transferred as an undergraduate, receiving a Bachelor of Science in education in 2014. She is graduating from Kutztown University again this spring with her Master of Arts in English.
Tau Sigma National Honor Society for transfer students also has an on-campus branch, led by Tau Sigma scholarship award winner, Xena Karalis, as president. The newly formed social group, Alliance of Transfer Students, created by a KU transfer student and advised by Student Orientation Programs and College Readiness Programs coordinator, Lisa Grabowski, is dedicated to assisting transfer students in finding connections with one another by means of involvement through on and off campus involvement. Transfer students are also able to easily find other transfers to connect with as possible future roommates while searching housing room selection online.
"The Transfer Honor Roll reflects the growing importance of recognizing and responding to the needs of transfer students," said Phi Theta Kappa president and CEO, Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “This award is given to four-year colleges and universities with proven outcomes for transfer success. They are the best at providing a supportive and smooth transition from community college - equating to increased rates of bachelor’s degree attainment for transfer students."
PTK selects colleges based on a Transfer Friendliness Rating given to them based on the transfer profile schools create during the application process. PTK’s transfer profile asks colleges questions about admissions, attendance costs, campus life, recruitment and peer reviews.
"The PTK scholarship I received my first year at KU recognized the hard work I am putting into myself and my education. The primary reason I chose KU is the size of, not only the school, but the class size. As a long-term traumatic brain injury patient, the size, individualized attention and support services offered here at KU is imperative to my learning as well as achieving my goals and helping me succeed. Also, KU’s established relationships with Pennsylvania sports franchises surpasses other institutions I considered," said Cameron Lynch, a KU transfer student, sport management major, communication studies minor and PTK member.
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 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges.
Visit http://www.ptk.org for more information on PTK or the full list of Transfer Honor Roll institutions.