RACC signs guaranteed transfer admissions agreement with Commonwealth University

READING, PA (07/26/2022) — Reading Area Community College (RACC) has signed a guaranteed transfer agreement with Commonwealth University in the Miller Center for the Arts on the RACC campus.

RACC and Commonwealth University (Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield universities) established this agreement to ensure qualifying students who graduate from RACC are guaranteed admission to Commonwealth University with at least full junior standing; with a guarantee for a renewable transfer scholarship based on the students' academic performance while enrolled at RACC and Commonwealth University.

"We are celebrating today a new agreement with Commonwealth University, which will open many new doors of opportunity for our graduates. This pathway is the result of great cooperation and collaboration between faculty and deans of our respective institutions and will serve well both the needs of our institutions and, more importantly, those of our students," says Reading Area Community College President, Dr. Susan Looney.

Commonwealth University will guarantee on-campus housing at the Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, or Mansfield campuses for the first year of full-time attendance for transferring students who wish to live on campus.

"Commonwealth University is committed to working with our community college partners to break down traditional barriers to education and ensure students have a clear path to success. This agreement is a shining example of partnership in action," said CU President Bashar Hanna. "I'm thrilled to witness the collaboration between our colleagues at Reading Area Community College and Commonwealth University - their vision and dedication is providing students a seamless transition, along with guaranteed, renewable transfer scholarships. Thank you to all who have made this possible in service to our region's students."

Student scholarships are also an exciting component of the agreement. Commonwealth University will award 4 tiers of transfer scholarships to RACC graduates - Tier 1 (3.50 GPA or above at RACC) will award $5,000 annually, Tier 2 (3.0 - 3.49 GPA at RACC) will award $4,000 annually, Tier 3 (2.50 - 2.99 GPA at RACC) will award $3,000 annually, and Tier 4 (2.0 - 2.49 GPA at RACC) will award $2,000 annually.

"The availability of student scholarships when transferring a RACC associate degree to Commonwealth University's bachelor's degree program makes access to a continuing education easier and will reduce the financial burden for our qualified transferring students," says RACC Director of Academic Partnerships, Kristen M. Marcinko.

The integration of Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield universities under the banner of Commonwealth University is a bold investment in the communities and people of Pennsylvania. Our mission is to expand high-quality, affordable academic opportunities to support the needs of all learners. We're building a powerful tomorrow by boldly changing the trajectory of public higher education to position ourselves for growth, increased access, and to meet economic and workforce development needs. Together we're honoring our history, investing in today, and building a powerful tomorrow. That's the power of three.

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Commonwealth University president Dr. Bashar W. Hanna (L) and Reading Area Community College president Dr. Susan Looney (R) at the signing ceremony.