SOURCE: American Honors

American Honors

March 17, 2015 09:00 ET

College Transfer Network Expands to Over 50 Schools

Leading Institutions, Including Duke, Middlebury, Smith and Georgia Tech Recruit Students From National Community College Honors Program

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Mar 17, 2015) - More than 50 top-tier colleges and universities have now joined a national college transfer network to provide high-achieving community college students a less expensive path to a bachelor's degree. The American Honors Network includes community colleges in five states with transfer opportunities to more than 50 four-year schools, such as Duke, Georgia Tech, Swarthmore, Wesleyan, Smith College, and Purdue.

The American Honors Network represents a unique alliance of community colleges and leading four-year colleges and universities. The American Honors program offers students small, engaging classes with top faculty combined with intensive one-on-one advising support throughout the first two years of college until students have completed the transfer process. 

"We're very aware that there are many talented community college students, including first-generation and low income students, that are ready to pursue a world-class education and succeed in the most rigorous and challenging academic environments," said Christoph Guttentag, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Duke University. "Joining the American Honors Network provides us the chance to connect with a talented group of students who will no doubt add to our community and to many other college communities as well."

The American Honors program, first launched in 2012, has seen strong results. In its inaugural year, 83% of program graduates who applied to four-year universities were accepted into their top choice institutions, and received significant scholarships and financial aid. This success continued in the 2013-2014 cohort, with students gaining admission, including a number of full scholarships, to many top colleges and universities: Stanford, Amherst, Smith, UC-Berkeley, the University of Southern California, Emory and many more.

"Community colleges have a proud tradition of ensuring more students have access to affordable postsecondary education," said Thomas J. Snyder, President of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. "The American Honors program is an extension of our mission to prepare students for success, and allows us to provide even more opportunities for students to advance their goals."

Through the program, students can save as much as 80-90% on the costs of the first two years of college. Students complete an associate degree with honors and then can transfer to their best fit university, both within and outside the American Honors Network. 

"We founded American Honors to address some of the core challenges facing the U.S. higher education system: costs that have been growing far more rapidly than middle class incomes, very high attrition rates, and the 'under-matching' problem that only 8% of the most talented low income high school students are applying to the most selective colleges and universities," said Chief Academic Officer, Dr. David Finegold. "We believe that an exceptional undergraduate education does not have to be so expensive that it drives students and families into debt." 

With the latest expansion to its transfer network, American Honors provides students even greater access to a cross-section of colleges and universities that can serve the diverse needs of students and provide more options for students to find their best college match. In addition to increasing the number of high quality transfer options for community college students, American Honors is broadening the range of geographic opportunities for these students to study abroad, by expanding the network to include the American College of Greece, and Minerva Schools, the new degree program that rotates among the world's leading cities throughout its four years. 

The American Honors Network includes:

American College of Greece
Amherst College
Auburn University
Baldwin Wallace University
Brandeis University
Claremont McKenna
Colorado State University Global Campus
Connecticut College
Cornell College
Denison University
DePauw University
Duke University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Tech University
Gonzaga University
Illinois Institute of Technology
Lafayette College
Louisiana State University
Marian University
Middlebury College
Mt. Holyoke College
Occidental College
Ohio State University
Pacific Lutheran University
Pitzer College
Purdue University
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Rowan University
Royal Roads University (Canada)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Shimer College
Smith College
Swarthmore College
Taylor University
Trine University
University of Arizona
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Colorado, Denver
University of Mississippi
University of Puget Sound
University of Rochester
University of South Carolina
Valparaiso University
Wabash College
Wellesley College
Western Michigan University
Whittier College
Whitworth University

Students interested in applying should visit Apply.AmericanHonors.org or email Admissions@AmericanHonors.org with questions.

The American Honors Network represents a unique alliance of community colleges and leading four-year colleges and universities. Aimed at preparing students for the rigors of a four-year institution, the American Honors program offers students small, engaging classes with top faculty combined with intensive one-on-one advising support throughout the first two years of college until students have completed the transfer process. For more information, visit http://AmericanHonors.org. 

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