Thursday, Mar 11, 2021
Phi Theta Kappa named the University to its 2021 Transfer Honor Roll
by Adam Grybowski
This year, Rider University was once again named to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s annual Transfer Honor Roll. Rider was among only 150 colleges and universities nationwide to receive the recognition and one of only six institutions recognized in New Jersey.
The Transfer Honor Roll recognizes four-year colleges and universities that have developed transfer pathways that lead to excellence and success among community college transfer students.
“This award is given to four-year colleges and universities with proven outcomes for transfer success,” says Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “They are the best at providing a supportive and smooth transition from community college — equating to increased rates of bachelor’s degree attainment for transfer students.”
One of every four Rider undergraduates is a transfer student. The University offers guaranteed transfer agreements with many community colleges, including some that are major-specific. Prior to enrollment, Rider pairs transfer students with personal counselors who navigate them through the admissions process and offer advisement following acceptance. Additional support includes an unofficial credit evaluation, even before transfer students apply.
“We are truly honored to once again receive this recognition from Phi Theta Kappa,” says Senior Assistant Director of Transfer Admission Jennifer Cook. “Transfer students are a vital part of our community at Rider. We are always working to ensure we are being transfer friendly, equitable and accessible in all that we do. It's important to all of us at Rider that transfer students know that we value them and their contributions and the diversity they bring to the classroom and our campus community."
At Rider, 99% of all students receive University-funded scholarships and financial aid, and transfer students with a 3.5 GPA or higher earn transfer scholarships worth nearly 50% of tuition. In addition, Phi Theta Kappa members who are graduating from community colleges can compete for one of three Transfer Trustee Scholarships. These full-tuition scholarships are applicable for two years of full-time study, awarded in the fall semester.
Colleges were selected to the Transfer Honor Roll based on their Transfer Friendliness Rating, which is determined by the Transfer Profile they create in PTK Connect, Phi Theta Kappa’s online tool that helps students find colleges, career pathways and more.
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges.