SJU Officially Opens Doors to DCCC

Monday, January 14, 2008

For over a decade, Saint Joseph's University and Delaware County Community College have enjoyed an informal partnership that has united both academic communities. During the fall 2007 semester, the institutions finalized an official agreement that now allows DCCC students to seamlessly transfer credits to SJU for select four-year degrees.

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, SJU and DCCC commemorated the agreement with a signing ceremony on SJU's campus. At this event, SJU Associate Provost Paul DeVito, Ph.D., said, "Now that we have formalized this agreement, we are excited and proud to continue our relationship with Delaware County Community College." DCCC's Provost Virginia Carter also praised the agreement, stating partnerships such as these support DCCC's mission and participation in "'Achieving the Dream' – a multi-year national initiative to help more community college students succeed, earn degrees, earn certificates or transfer to other institutions to continue their studies."

Provost Carter explained that the implementation of this agreement presents a unique opportunity for each institution's administration to continue working together to bridge the educational needs for Delaware and Chester County residents from the two- to four-year environment.

As part of the dual admissions agreement, DCCC graduates are guaranteed admission into Saint Joseph's University College for Undergraduate Continuing Studies for select bachelor degree programs after filling out a "dual admission intent" form on or before completing 45 transferable credits. The transferring students must also achieve a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 to earn their degrees in the following areas of study: a bachelor of science in business administration, criminal justice, elementary education, elementary/special education, health administration, liberal and professional studies, legal studies, psychology and sociology, or a bachelor of arts in English communications.

DCCC transfer students are also eligible to receive merit scholarships based on their GPA and the number of credits in which they enroll. These renewable scholarships are available for students attending on a part- or full-time basis.  There are currently 100 students from DCCC enrolled in the University College and undergraduate day division programs, and the partnership is anticipated to attract even more transfer students in upcoming semesters.

--Sarah Whelehon '07(M.A.)

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