Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society notes Alma creates ‘strong transfer pathways that lead to excellence’ and ‘success among community college transfer students.’
ALMA — Alma College has been recognized as one of the top transfer-friendly schools in the nation, having been named to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) 2022 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes the development and support of pathways created for the success of community college transfer students.
“It is an honor to be recognized by Phi Theta Kappa as one of the nation’s leading transfer-ready schools,” said Ebony Dixon, associate vice president for enrollment. “Alma College is committed to providing the resources and support for transfer students to receive a high-quality Alma education, including personalized attention and consideration for generous scholarships. We will continue to work diligently at anticipating the needs of transfer students and welcoming them to Alma.”
Institutions are selected based on 40 key metrics considering support and success of transfer students, analysis from the National Student Clearinghouse, and data submitted by universities through PTK Connect, a platform used by prospective transfer students to gather information and find their best fit at a four-year school. The portal uses that information to generate a transfer-friendliness rating.
This marks the first time Alma College has been recognized by Phi Theta Kappa. In total, 171 colleges and universities made the list, with only seven coming from Michigan.
Braxton Lamey, a sophomore from Ithaca, transferred to Alma College after his first year at an out-of-state school. Lamey said that his transfer of credit went “even smoother than expected,” and he is on path to graduate after only three years in college, total.
“The communication at Alma between myself and the admissions team was amazing. All of the little things that can potentially represent roadblocks on the path to college were taken care of just as quickly as I could bring them up,” Lamey said. “That individualized attention has continued as I’ve gone into my studies, extracurricular activity and work at the college. Transferring has been a great experience.”
Alma College offers a number of different transfer scholarships, well as different transfer admission pathways. All degree-seeking students, including transfer students, are eligible to apply for Alma Venture grants to fund experiential learning opportunities such as internships, research, and study abroad.
Alma is also the only college in Michigan with a commitment that ensures its students graduate on time.
“This award is so important because it is based on what students tell us they need from their transfer experience,” said Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President/CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “We are honored to recognize the colleges and universities working exceptionally hard to create stronger pathways to bachelor’s degree completion for all students.”
For more information about transferring to Alma, visit alma.edu/admissions/transfer-students/.