Oglethorpe recognized for transfer student success

Oglethorpe University is among only 122 colleges and universities in the U.S. named to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s 2020 Transfer Honor Roll.

The premier honor society for two-year college students, Phi Theta Kappa annually recognizes four-year colleges and universities for excellence and success in community college transfer pathway development.

At Oglethorpe this year, transfer students made up approximately 14.4% of the 2019-20 incoming class, and 11.6% of the total traditional undergraduate student population.

This honor was awarded to the colleges that earned the highest “Transfer Friendliness Rating,” generated from their profiles in PTK Connect, Phi Theta Kappa’s online tool to help these high-achieving students find their best-fit four-year colleges.

The rating considers a college’s admissions practices, cost of attendance, campus life, recruitment practices, and peer reviews. It is meant to reflect the transfer student experience at the college, as well as its strategies to support and enroll these students. The top 25 percent highest-rated colleges were named to the Transfer Honor Roll.

Students can use the ratings to gauge how the college supports transfer students, the number of transfer students enrolled at that college, and whether the school could be a good fit.

“The Transfer Honor Roll reflects the growing importance of recognizing and responding to the needs of transfer students,” Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner said.

“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.”

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