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OU earns spot on Phi Theta Kappa honor roll for supporting transfer students

OU will hold Transfer Student Open House on July 11

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Oakland University earns spot on Phi Theta Kappa honor roll for supporting transfer students
OU earns spot on Phi Theta Kappa honor roll for supporting transfer students
Oakland University will hold a Transfer Student Open House on Thursday, July 11 from 4:30-7 p.m. in the Oakland Center.

For the fourth consecutive year, Oakland University has been named to the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes excellence in the development and support of dynamic and innovative pathways for community college transfer students.

The Transfer Honor Roll is determined by 40 key metrics related to the support and success of transfer students, including college cost and financial aid, campus life for transfer students, admission practices, and bachelor’s degree completion. This year, Phi Theta Kappa named 228 colleges and universities to the list.

The Transfer Honor Roll was based on analysis from the National Student Clearinghouse, and on data submitted through each four-year institution’s profile on PTK Connect, Phi Theta Kappa’s online tool designed to help students find their best-fit colleges and career pathways.

Colleges completing the PTK Connect profile are given a Transfer Friendliness Rating, and the Honor Roll is chosen from among the top 25% highest-rated colleges.

“The goal of most students attending community college is a bachelor’s degree, but few do because of financial barriers and the complexities of the transfer process,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, president and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “We are proud to recognize the exceptional colleges and universities that go above and beyond to create accessible pathways to bachelor’s degree completion for community college transfer students.”

Each year, Oakland University welcomes over 2,000 transfer students from community colleges and four-year schools, as well as military veterans, international students, and high school graduates who’ve earned college credits through Advanced Placement (AP) courses, International Baccalaureate (IB) programs or the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).

“I am thrilled to hear the fantastic news that OU has earned this distinction for the fourth year in a row,” said Shane Lewis, director of Undergraduate Admissions at OU. “This recognition underscores our dedication to supporting transfer students through dynamic pathways and innovative practices, and I look forward to our continued work to support this student population.”

OU transfer team members provide a variety of transfer-friendly services, including Transfer Student Information Sessions, Transfer Campus Tours and Transfer Student Open House events. To streamline the admission process for transfer students, OU also participates in statewide transfer agreements (such as MTA and MACRAO) and has over 40 articulation agreements with institutions primarily in Michigan, including the state’s community colleges.

In addition, a number of scholarships are available to OU transfer students, including the Presidential Transfer Award ($10,000), Phi Theta Kappa Award ($5,000), Talented Transfer Award ($2,000) and Frontline Workers Award ($2,500), in addition to the need-based OU Transfer Grant ($2,000). Learn more about scholarships and financial aid at www.oakland.edu/futurestudents/scholarships-cost-aid.

For being named to the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll, OU will receive a commemorative award and will be featured in PTK’s publications and media channels. 

To learn more about transferring to OU, visit www.oakland.edu/transfer or plan on attending the Transfer Student Open House scheduled for Thursday, July 11 from 4:30-7 p.m. in the Oakland Center.

Attendees will be able to explore OU’s 130 undergraduate majors, and receive an immediate admission decision and credit evaluation.  In addition, attendees can learn about general education requirements, transfer credit procedures, and financial aid.

“The Transfer Student Open House offers a great way to not only receive an on-the-spot admission decision, but also to get a glimpse into life as a student here at OU by connecting with our supportive campus representatives,” Lewis said.

To register from the Transfer Student Open House, visit https://apply.oakland.edu/register/TSOJuly24.

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