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Old Dominion University and the Virginia Community College System recently signed a guaranteed admission agreement that ensures a seamless transfer to the university for qualified students. The new agreement extends opportunities beyond the existing articulation agreements between ODU and Virginia's community colleges.

Under the agreement, state community college students who meet the university's requirements may apply for admission to Old Dominion after completing their first 15 hours of community college credits. ODU will guarantee the acceptance of all transferable credits earned by students who complete an associate degree and maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Students must also have earned a grade of "C" or higher in each community college course applicable to the transfer-oriented associate degree program.

Also as part of the agreement, students who have been accepted by the university will have access to ODU departmental advisers while they are still enrolled in their community college. They will be considered students of both the community college and ODU once they have successfully completed the guaranteed admission agreement process.

"We are happy to have this agreement formally in place," said Alice McAdory, ODU's executive director of admissions. "In addition to providing a seamless transfer for these students, we can now start advising them before they enroll in classes. The students will receive a newsletter from us and will be invited to various campus activities, including athletic events."

Students who earn their associate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher will be automatically considered for merit-based scholarships.

ODU President Roseann Runte said the new agreement represents the latest step in the university's longtime commitment to accepting transfer students. "This has been a part of our mission for many years," she said." In 2005-06, we welcomed more than 1,800 new transfer students who attended a Virginia community college. Our guaranteed admission agreement is a great benefit to students who wish to continue their higher education."

This article was posted on: December 21, 2006

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