DelVal signs transfer agreement with Cecil College

Credit: Cecil College. From left: Cecil College President Dr. Mary Way Bolt and DelVal President Dr. Maria Gallo.

May 04, 2017

Delaware Valley University and Cecil College officially signed a transfer articulation agreement Thursday, May 4 that will streamline the pathway for Cecil College associate degree earners to complete bachelor’s degrees at DelVal. It is DelVal’s first transfer agreement with a college in Maryland. The agreement also opens up an accelerated pathway to a four-year degree for exceptional high school students. 

The agreement provides a pathway towards a bachelor’s degree for Cecil College students enrolled in the Early College Academy, which enrolls students in grades nine through 12. Successful students complete high school with a high school diploma and an associate degree from Cecil College.

“In 2014, DelVal set out to make history when we made the commitment to become the most transfer-friendly university in the Philadelphia area,” said DelVal President Dr. Maria Gallo at the signing. “DelVal immediately began developing articulation agreements with community colleges in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Today’s signing is historic for DelVal, as it is with our first community college partner in Maryland, and it’s even more special that it is with Cecil College.” 

“Cecil College takes pride in selecting great four-year partners, and we are honored to be the first Maryland community college to sign an articulation agreement with Delaware Valley University,” said Cecil College President Dr. Mary Way Bolt. “DelVal has been outstanding to work with, and we know this is the beginning of a long relationship. Our respective institutions have worked diligently on a partnership that truly benefits students. Collectively, we have achieved an outstanding agreement.”
Under the guaranteed admission component of the agreement, DelVal will guarantee admission to all Cecil College associate degree earners including: the Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), and Cecil’s unique Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.). Of particular interest to both institutions was the opportunity to provide Cecil College graduates in the equine studies and horticulture associate degree programs a pathway to earning bachelor’s degrees in those specific areas.  

DelVal will provide generous scholarships for associate degree earners who transfer to DelVal as full-time students ranging from $15,000 to $21,000 a year, and part-time student scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 a semester.  DelVal will also award Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members additional scholarships. Cecil College PTK members who study at DelVal full time will receive an additional $1,000 and PTK members who enroll at DelVal part-time will receive an additional $250.

DelVal will accept the core courses embedded in Cecil College’s A.A. and A.S. degrees as meeting all the General Education requirements of the DelVal bachelor’s degree as part of the core-to-core component of the agreement.

The agreement includes academic program-to-program pathways for specific majors so that students can maximize credits earned at Cecil College knowing they would all apply towards their intended bachelor’s degrees.