St. Ambrose became the second Iowa private university to join the statewide Transfer Majors Associate Degree program.
After completing core requirements for their major, Iowa community college graduates can now enroll in 11 SAU majors all while earning their Associate's degree.
The Transfer Majors program was introduced in 2018 by the Iowa Board of Education to ensure Iowa community college graduates could smoothly transition to four-year state institutions with all credits accepted plus the opportunity to save money by graduating with a bachelor's degree in four semesters.
Iowa community college students would take at least 18 hours of core curriculum courses in their major and then enroll in upper-level courses at St. Ambrose.
St. Ambrose has had a Major Transfers agreement for two years with Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine Community Colleges, the collective members of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. Now, SAU can offer the same advantage to graduates of 10 additional community college systems: Eastern Iowa, Des Moines Area, Hawkeye, Iowa Central, Iowa Lakes, Iowa Valley, Kirkwood, North Iowa Area, Northeast Iowa, Northwest Iowa, and Western Iowa Tech.
"These students will start at the third-year level and on the same path to graduate as students who started here as first-year students," said Maureen Baldwin, St. Ambrose Dean of Student Academic Services and Community College Relations. "There is a definite affordability advantage because they can graduate within four semesters."
St. Ambrose also offers a Dual Admission Program to community college students who enroll prior to completing their Associate's degree. The benefits include a $1,000 dual admission scholarship; early access to academic advising; an SAU student ID to access the SAU Library; use of the Wellness and Recreation Center; access to events at the Galvin Fine Arts Center; and guidance from the Career Center while they are still enrolled in community college.
"Transfer students are St. Ambrose students – even before they get here," said Paul Koch, PhD, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. "We value and welcome them, and encourage them to get to know the campus and the SAU community as soon as possible. We want them to maximize their Ambrosian experience."