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Shepherd named a transfer-friendly university

ISSUED: 24 May 2022

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University has been named to Phi Theta Kappa’s 2022 Transfer Honor Roll as one of the most transfer-friendly colleges in the nation. Shepherd is among 171 colleges and universities being recognized for its excellence in the “development and support of dynamic and innovative pathways for community college transfer students.”

“It’s important for Shepherd to be included on the transfer honor roll so students realize we are committed to making the transfer process as seamless as possible,” said Kristen Lorenz, director of admissions. “By being on the transfer honor roll, it will increase our exposure to potential transfer students and show them that we are a great option.”

Lorenz said Shepherd accepts up to 72 college transfer credits and has more than 70 2+2 articulation agreements with various community colleges. The 2+2 agreements provide students a seamless transition, allowing them to complete their associate degree and automatically transfer credits into a corresponding program at Shepherd to earn a bachelor’s degree in only two additional years.

“We are committed to our students and to providing them with the fastest route possible to complete their degree and graduate as a Shepherd Ram,” she said.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the international honor society of students attending open-access institutions and seeking associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, or other college credentials. 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.

The Transfer Honor Roll was based on analysis from the National Student Clearinghouse, and on data submitted through the 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, with the Honor Roll selected from the top 25 percent of colleges with the highest rating.

“This award is so important because it is based on what students tell us they need from their transfer experience,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, president and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “We are honored to recognize the colleges and universities working exceptionally hard to create stronger pathways to bachelor’s degree completion for all students.”

For more information about transferring to Shepherd, visit our Admissions webpage.

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