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My Transfer Experience at DelVal

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Posted on November 29, 2016 by Andrew Belton '18.

Andrew C. Belton

During my college selection process, Delaware Valley University stood out to me as a small school with an abundance of resources and undergraduate degree programs for its students. As a member of the North Penn High School class of 2014, I decided to attend Montgomery County Community College (MC3) to pursue an associate degree. I wasn’t sure what direction I would take regarding my career, but I always had a strong interest in business. After learning about the dual admission agreement that MC3 had in place with a variety of local colleges and universities, I began to visit and prospect nearby schools of interest. DelVal immediately held my attention for a few specific reasons. First, DelVal accepted all my credits from MC3 and waived some general education course requirements so that I could focus on my field of study. Additionally, based on the GPA requirements, I was automatically accepted, and I was even offered a significant academic scholarship. These terms made my choice to attend DelVal an easy decision.

DelVal has a variety of academic programs, including undergraduate degree programs, graduate programs, and continuing professional studies that are all flexible based on concentrations and career goals. For example, the bachelor's in business administration has a concentration in sports management, accounting, management, marketing, and general business. I chose to focus on marketing, and I have also opted to add a communication minor to my program. The option to add a minor was another significant advantage that DelVal provided to a person like myself who has a background in writing and poetry and can continue to enhance my skills within the communication degree curriculum.

I’ve always viewed getting involved on campus as important, and I served as the President of MC3’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter. DelVal promotes such involvement as it has more than 75 active student organizations that can help enhance undergraduate degree programs. I joined the Business Club, Investment Club, and the DelVal Street Team, which assists the school by creating student-generated media. I have also had the opportunity to join the Founding Team and help with the launch of the Delaware Valley University Business Support Center. This is the perfect opportunity for an entrepreneurial business student like myself to join an initiative from the ground floor and make good use of the resources that the University and Business Support Center will provide.

DelVal also hosts a variety of educational, professional, and fun events throughout the year, including experiential learning opportunities that cater to specific undergraduate degree programs. For example, during the Watson Executive-in-Residence event at DelVal, I had the chance to speak with the prominent businessman Dr. Thomas W. Watson, '57. I also attended a SCORE business meeting focused on entrepreneurship, an alumni networking night, and a job fair. Attending these events has aided me in building my network and advancing my internship search.

The professors, advisors, alumni, and students have warmly welcomed me into the university community, which has made my transfer to DelVal a smooth experience. I chose to attend DelVal because I feel that it offered the most versatile undergraduate degree programs and opportunities to help me grow as a person and professional. I am proud to say that I have made the right decision.