DelVal announces plan to be the most transfer-friendly college in the Philadelphia area
May 21, 2014
Delaware Valley College has announced what they believe to be the highest scholarships available in the Greater Philadelphia area for transfer students. The scholarships will be awarded to qualified transfer students beginning in the Fall 2014 semester.
“We are committed to maintaining transfer students as a valued part of our institutional mission and plan to continue to serve these students with the same seriousness and effort that we approach freshman students,” said Art Goon, vice president for enrollment management. “We value transfer students because they enrich our campus community with different perspectives, experiences, personal interests and cultures.”
There are four transfer scholarships available for full-time students with a college grade point average of at least a 2.0. The award amounts range from $13,000 to $18,000 a year, with an additional $1,000 per year for members of the Phi Theta Kappa national community college honor society.
Delaware Valley College Transfer Scholarships
- Presidential Scholarship (College GPA 3.5 or higher) - $18,000 per year
- Faculty Scholarship (College GPA 3.00 – 3.49) - $17,000 per year
- Trustee Scholarship (College GPA 2.5 – 2.99) - $16,000 per year
- Challenge Grant (College GPA 2.00 – 2.49 ) - $13,000 per year
The scholarships are just a part of the institution’s larger commitment to becoming what they refer to as “ the most transfer-friendly college” in the Philadelphia area. The College touts priority enrollment services to transfer students as a key component of that goal.
“We promise a 24-hour admission decision for completed applications, and timely transfer credit evaluations as part of our transfer services,” stated Goon. “We have three professional admission counselors dedicated to serving transfer students who host Instant Decision Transfer Tuesdays on campus each month in addition to student orientation programs exclusively focused on new transfer students.”
“As a teaching-focused institution that is about to become a regional university, we are committed to being a valuable economic engine in the area, which includes ensuring that students have the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree,” said College President Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan. “Our goal is to create seamless and beneficial pathways for community college students to transfer and graduate from DelVal in a timely manner.”
DelVal has submitted an application to become a university with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). An evaluation team from PDE recently visited campus and submitted their report to the state education department. The College is awaiting final approval from the governor’s office.
Expanding partnerships with area community colleges is another key component.
“We plan to collaborate with our community college colleagues to develop dual admission and core-to-core articulation agreements,” added Dr. Bashar W. Hanna, vice president for academic affairs. “Under these agreements students who earn associate degrees from partner community colleges will be guaranteed admission with full junior status, and will have satisfied DelVal’s core requirements. This will allow them to focus immediately on their major degree requirements.”
Expanding their relationship with community colleges will also provide opportunities to enroll more military veterans as transfer students. Community colleges have seen increases in military veterans enrolling as the first step in earning a bachelor’s degree.
“DelVal has long supported the unique needs of military students,” said Dr. Brosnan. “We were one of the first colleges in the area to create a dedicated facility for military students, the Janet Manion Military and Veterans Center. And we will be hosting an open house in June specifically for military veterans who plan to transfer from area community colleges.”
At a time where the decrease in students graduating from high school continues to present freshmen enrollment challenges for colleges nationwide, DelVal is quick to point out their first-year numbers are good.
“We had an increase in freshman applications this year following a record number last fall,” Goon reported. “Currently we are 10 percent ahead in admitted students and 10 percent in committed freshmen for this coming fall. Our focus on transfer students is simple. They come to us with proven records of academic success, add diversity to our campus, are more focused and will graduate. They make us a much better institution.”