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creating a culture of transfer student success

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from the President & CEO At Phi Theta Kappa, we believe there is an equitable distribution of talent among the nation’s community college students but an unequal distribution of opportunity. But when we work together, our organizations can open the doors of opportunity to these bright and talented students. Since 1918, Phi Theta Kappa has been recognizing community college students at the first glimpse of success. We engage and equip them through activities and opportunities designed to help them grow as scholars and leaders, preparing them for their next step, which often involves transfer to a four-year college or university. In fact, more than 75 percent of PTK members are preparing to transfer to a four-year college.

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Christin Grissom

Vice President of Scholarship and Membership 601.984.3539

Ron Filipowicz

Associate Director of College and Transfer Relations 601.984.3556

Heather Yush

Associate Director of College and Transfer Relations 601.984.3647

I don’t have to tell you that these are unprecedented times. There is much uncertainty about what colleges will look like in the months and years ahead. What I do know is that there are many talented and deserving community college students facing significant barriers to transfer success, including underdeveloped community college partnerships and inadequate financial aid and social support. Phi Theta Kappa is working to not only level the field for these students, but to change it by supporting and advocating for more than 250,000 high-achieving community college students each year through programs and activities including Transfer Edge™, our annual PTK Catalyst College Transfer Fair, the Transfer Honor Roll, and PTK Connect™, our web-based transfer scholarship database featuring more than 900 transfer scholarships. As a result, Phi Theta Kappa is the only single-source resource for four-year college and university partners to attract, recruit, and retain the nation’s most promising community college transfer students. We believe the success of our members can be largely attributed to the strong and meaningful relationships with college and university partners like you. So, on behalf of Phi Theta Kappa, thank you for being a Partner in Excellence in support of the members and mission of Phi Theta Kappa. It is more important now than ever before that, together, we work to improve the educational outcomes of individuals and the nation.

Lynn Tincher-Ladner, Ph.D. President and CEO | Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

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national profile of student success Phi Theta Kappa Member completion and transfer


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student success students who complete their associate degrees and/or transfer to a four-year college




24% Business, political science, agriculture Annual Salary: $75,329


nursing, pharmacy, all healthcare Annual Salary: $66,620


Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Annual Salary: $77,994

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Data sources: Phi Theta Kappa Member Database, National Student Clearinghouse Degree Completion/Transfer Verification, National Student Clearinghouse Current Term Enrollment Report, Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates (Median Salary).


liberal arts

Annual Salary: $64,391

11% English, Psychology, Social Sciences Annual Salary: $82,829

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Professional Development Opportunities Higher education professionals who serve and support the transfer student population also benefit from their institution’s partnership with PTK. PTK Connect subscribers are given priority consideration for: • Virtual transfer fair participation • Invitations to facilitate Educational Forum sessions during PTK Catalyst, our annual convention • Access to quarterly Zoom meetings to network and share ideas with peers and PTK transfer recruitment professionals • Opportunity to serve in advisory roles and gain scholarship judging experience



Connect with Chapter advisors Chapter advisors are community college faculty/staff who oversee a Phi Theta Kappa chapter on their campus. They play a vital role in the transfer process for their student members, helping to create pathways and connections to ease the transition to a new college and educational experience. Create a collaborative relationship with these local influencers. Offer support at chapter meetings, induction ceremonies, or PTK recruitment drives/events. Arrange a campus visit (even virtually) or design a workshop exclusively for local PTK members and advisors.

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Transfer honor roll 2021


PTK Catalyst 2021

Phi Theta Kappa recognizes the importance of your institutional commitment and investment of resources to support transfer students. To honor excellence and success in transfer pathway development, we invite you to participate in our annual national recognition program, the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll, to showcase your institution’s best practices.

April 8-10, 2021 — Baltimore Convention Center, Maryland

Enhance your institutional profile on PTK Connect to become automatically considered for PTK’s Transfer Honor Roll and to provide thousands of prospective students with relevant data to inform their transfer decisions. The Transfer-Friendly Rating you receive will be used to determine recipients of the Transfer Honor Roll distinction, which is awarded to the top 25 percent of highest scoring institutions nationwide.

Senior College Transfer Fair and PTK Advisor Fair

There’s no cost to apply or to make your enhanced profile visible and searchable among transfer-bound students researching best-fit institutions and scholarships. Earn recognition for your transfer-friendly practices, leverage PTK’s endorsement to recruit future students, and gain free publicity and exposure for your institution. Benefits: -T  ransfer Honor Roll Press Kit, including a press release and seal for promotions -N  ational recognition through various media channels - Transfer-Friendly Rating -R  ecognition as a 2021 Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll recipient and Partner in Excellence -P  hi Theta Kappa website, press release, and social media acknowledgement - Commemorative award -R  ecognition at PTK Catalyst 2021, April 8-10 in Baltimore, Maryland Complete your institution’s profile at by December 4, 2020, at 5 pm CT.

Join Us and Recruit

Exhibiting at or sponsoring PTK Catalyst, Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, gives you an invaluable opportunity to connect with up to 4,000 transfer students, advisors, and administrators.

Host a recruitment table at higher education’s largest and only transfer fair specifically for high-achieving two-year college students from around the world and engage with PTK advisors at our advisor fair. Senior College Transfer Fair: Friday, April 9 | 12:45 pm-2:45 pm Advisor Fair: Saturday, April 10 | 9:30 am-10:30 am

Exclusive Transfer Partners Event

Hear from a leading industry professional on the unique challenges and opportunities that exist in the field of transfer recruitment and network with admissions peers from across the country.


Show your college’s support of Phi Theta Kappa and the students we serve by sponsoring PTK Catalyst. Receive exclusive benefits to promote your institution, such as a recruitment table for the entire three-day event, complimentary registration for the Senior College Transfer and Advisor Fairs, and recognition on the event website. Sponsorship levels vary with exposure opportunities. Learn more at or email

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Student at Rowan University Glassboro, NJ

Community College The Land of Recruitment Opportunity Use these 3 tips to diversify your campus and recruit students who are more likely to complete their degree. Community college students are dream recruits for your college. More than half of all community college students fall into a minority population, and their work ethic and life experiences mean they’re more driven to complete a degree than first-year freshmen. Phi Theta Kappa members are especially highachieving, with a 91.4 percent student success

rate, compared with 68.1 percent among all community college students with a 3.5 GPA in their first year of college. Investing in transfer students will diversify your student body and attract those who are more likely to complete their degree and be leaders on your campus. Here are three things you can do now to get more transfer students on your prospect list.

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1. Get on prospective students’ radar.

Start by using PTK Connect to interact with nearly 200,000 transfer-bound students and generate leads for prospects. Enhance your profile, promote your scholarships, and place digital ads to stand out even more. Transfer students are unique, and your communication to them should be as well. Lean in to what you know and discover about the student. Include a call to action compelling to transfer students. Share a transfer viewbook, invite them to join you for a virtual tour, or arrange a meeting with a professor or currently enrolled transfer student. “It starts with having a conversation with your colleagues and getting a strategy together,” said Paul Singh, Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions at Rowan University in New Jersey. “Right now, it is so essential that we use PTK smartly because that’s what we have, that’s our face-to-face, and it’s working.” Don’t overlook the impact a personal phone call, text, or email can have. Be sure the email comes from your own account — students are more likely to open an email from an actual person. Rowan University customizes some of its outreach emails to include students’ majors and to acknowledge their PTK member status. “The first communication to them as prospects specifically addresses their PTK involvement,” said Beth Dombkowski, an assistant director in Rowan’s admissions

office. “I try to personalize it as much as I can.Transfer students are interested in different things.” Every touch point is an opportunity to make your database smarter and give yourself a competitive advantage. As students’ interests, majors, and career goals change, update your customer relationship management (CRM) system so you can send more relevant and timely information to them.

Pro Tip: Use conversation starters to learn more about PTK members and the Society as a whole. Do they hold an officer position? What projects and initiatives are their PTK chapter working on? The more you learn about PTK and understand our members, the stronger the affinity and the likelihood that your messaging will resonate.

2. I mprove your transferfriendliness to attract more high-yield students. A recent National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) report shows transfer students are less likely to shop around than first-time freshmen. Although the acceptance rate is slightly lower for transfer students, 61 percent versus 66 percent, the yield is much higher, 52 percent compared with 33.7 percent. What can your institution do to ensure more of your applicants are admissible? Are there unnecessary steps posing as barriers that could be eliminated? Ticha Chikuni, Director of Admissions at Georgetown College in Kentucky, considered these questions and others as he looked at competitors on PTK Connect and studied the qualities that bring a high transfer-friendliness rating and inclusion to PTK’s Transfer Honor Roll.

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“The Transfer Honor Roll inventory opened up our eyes to see what critical resources are needed by transfer students in terms of fast degree audits, having scholarships earmarked for PTK members, and improving our offline and online marketing materials,” he said.

Pro Tip: Some features of PTK Connect, including enhancing your institution’s profile and applying for PTK’s Transfer Honor Roll consideration, are completely free Email to find out more.

3. Forge strategic and creative partnerships.

Co-recruit with community college feeder campuses to showcase the strong relationship you have and the seamless pathway you’ve created. If a student has applied to your institution but could benefit from more time at their community college — or needs to stay closer to home in the short term — roll their application to the next semester or hold their place.

Students at Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY

Georgetown College now does transcript audits in one-to-two business days and accepts up to 60 degree hours. It offers generous transfer scholarships, some of which may be stacked with athletics. Review your admission and scholarship applications, requirements, and processes to ensure they’re inclusive, and diversify your recruitment strategy to attract as many qualified students as possible. Don’t limit your scholarship award to “traditional” transfer students starting in the fall — make spring- or summer-start students eligible, too. Remove an on-campus residency requirement, and allow for both online and part-time enrollment. Make your scholarships unlimited, automatic, and stackable, and structure them to incentivize students to complete an associate degree before transferring.

Make reverse transfer a more prominent option for community college students who do transfer before completing an associate degree so more students will count as community college completers. Next, build partnerships with the PTK chapters at these community colleges to get facetime with even more students. You could also find an unmet need, like Alycia Parsons did. As assistant director of admissions, transfer, and non-traditional populations at Catawba College in North Carolina, she heard from many early and middle college students who wanted to go on to a four-year college. Catawba recently increased its PTK transfer scholarship to $1,000 a semester and made it available to these students. “Catawba College thought it was a logical solution to expand our PTK scholarship to an area we were not currently serving,” she said. “By expanding our horizons, we are able to help more students reach their goals in higher education.”

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Catawba College Salisbury, NC

Catawba’s Stay Local Initiative gives transfer students from six nearby community colleges at least 50 percent off tuition and fees if they meet certain qualifications. A new program, Stay Local Grow Local, is an exclusive partnership with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College that offers guaranteed admission to Catawba and up to 50 percent off tuition.

Pro Tip: Don’t forget about PTK chapter advisors and Regional Coordinators. Take a more active, personalized approach by asking them what your institution could provide or do to support its local PTK chapter or region. Invest in a PTK chapter advisor list and participate in the Advisor Fair during PTK Catalyst, our annual convention, to open this dialogue.

Students at Georgetown College Georgetown, KY Student at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

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PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE Don’t see your institution listed? Contact us at to learn how to become a Partner in Excellence. *denotes 2020 PTK Transfer Honor Roll Winner

Alabama Auburn University Birmingham-Southern College Huntingdon College – Montgomery Jacksonville State University – Jacksonville Judson College – Marion Samford University – Birmingham *Spring Hill College – Mobile The University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa The University of Alabama at Birmingham The University of Alabama in Huntsville Troy University – Troy University of Montevallo University of North Alabama – Florence University of South Alabama – Mobile Alaska University of Alaska – Fairbanks Arizona *Arizona State University – Tempe Benedictine University – Mesa Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott Grand Canyon University – Phoenix *Northern Arizona University – Flagstaff *Prescott College – Prescott *University of Arizona – Tucson Arkansas Arkansas Tech University – Russellville Hendrix College – Conway Ouachita Baptist University – Arkadelphia University of Arkansas – Fayetteville University of Arkansas – Fort Smith University of the Ozarks – Clarksville Williams Baptist College – Walnut Ridge California *Antioch University – Los Angeles

*Antioch University – Santa Barbara California Institute of Integral Studies – San Francisco California Lutheran University – Thousand Oaks California State University – Chico California State University – Stanislaus Concordia University – Irvine Dominican University of California – San Rafael Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising – Orange County Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising – San Diego Golden Gate University – San Francisco *Loyola Marymount University – Los Angeles Menlo College – Atherton Mills College – Oakland Minerva Schools at Keck – Claremont Mount St. Mary’s University – Los Angeles National University – Sacramento National University – San Jose *Notre Dame de Namur University – Belmont Occidental College – Los Angeles Pepperdine University – Malibu San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco State University – San Francisco Santa Clara University St. Mary’s College of California – Moraga University of La Verne University of Redlands *University of San Francisco Whittier College Woodbury University – Burbank Colorado *Colorado Mesa University – Grand Junction Colorado School of Mines – Golden Colorado State University – Fort Collins Colorado State University – Pueblo Johnson & Wales University – Denver *Metropolitan State University of Denver Regis University – Colorado Springs Regis University – Denver *University of Colorado Boulder University of Colorado – Colorado Springs University of Colorado Denver University of Denver University of Northern Colorado – Greeley Western Colorado University – Gunnison Connecticut Albertus Magnus College – New Haven Eastern Connecticut State University – Willimantic Lincoln College of New England – Southington Mitchell College – New London Quinnipiac University – Hamden Sacred Heart University – Fairfield

(Connecticut cont.)

Trinity College – Hartford University of Connecticut – Storrs University of Hartford – West Hartford *University of New Haven – West Haven University of Saint Joseph – West Hartford Yale University Eli Whitney Students Program – New Haven Delaware Goldey-Beacom College – Wilmington University of Delaware – Newark Widener University – Wilmington Wilmington University – Georgetown District of Columbia American University Corcoran School of the Arts & Design George Washington University *Georgetown University – School of Continuing Studies The Catholic University of America Trinity Washington University Florida Barry University – Miami Bethune-Cookman University – Daytona Beach *Eckerd College – St. Petersburg Edward Waters College – Jacksonville Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach Flagler College – St. Augustine Florida A&M University – Tallahassee Florida Atlantic University – Boca Raton Florida College – Temple Terrace Florida Gulf Coast University – Ft. Myers Florida Institute of Technology – Melbourne *Florida International University – Modesto A. Maidique Florida Southern College – Lakeland Jacksonville University Johnson & Wales University – North Miami Keiser University – West Palm Beach Lynn University – Boca Raton New College of Florida – Sarasota Nova Southeastern University – Ft. Lauderdale Palm Beach Atlantic University – West Palm Beach *Rollins College – Winter Park Saint Leo University Schiller International University – Tampa Bay St. Petersburg College – Gibbs St. Thomas University – Miami Gardens Stetson University – Deland University of Central Florida – Orlando University of Florida School of Forest Resources & Conservation

laraMeintjes Lara Meintjes was born and raised in South Africa, where she experienced homelessness as a child and became pregnant as a teen. She immigrated to California and enrolled at Long Beach City College, where she was president of her PTK chapter, co-founded a parenting club, and testified before state legislators in support of a bill that would go on to mandate the availability of lactation facilities on all California college campuses. In 2019, Lara was named to the All-USA Academic Team, which recognizes the top 20 community college students in the country. She also received PTK’s New Century Transfer Pathway Scholarship and the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship and is majoring in environmental studies and English at Williams College in Massachusetts.

“(PTK scholarships) allowed me to look further, to imagine myself at colleges that previously seemed too far away from where we were living or too prestigious for me,” she said. “Receiving these awards gave me the confidence to reach higher and to apply more broadly, and the scholarship money made it possible for my family to relocate to the college I eventually chose.”

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Davidson Nzekwe-Daniel

Growing up in Nigeria, Davidson Nzekwe-Daniel witnessed the country’s aviation industry suffer amid a series of air disasters and was inspired to pursue aviation maintenance management at Broward College in Florida. At one time, he was the only student there who doubled as a certified airframe mechanic after passing the FAA certification tests, so he designed a preparatory course to help his fellow students to achieve the same goal. The success of his course led to the college’s Aviation Institute having the most certified student-mechanics at one time. In 2020, Davidson was named to the AllUSA Academic Team and the All-Florida Academic Team. He also received PTK’s New Century Transfer Pathway Scholarship and Hites Transfer Scholarship. His nonprofit, the Davidson Initiative, supports students in the aviation community as well as the younger generation through STEM programs. He will transfer to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona.

“Being (named) to the All-USA Team is like a seal of approval,” he said. “The universities already know that the individual is committed to the highest level of leadership and academic accomplishments. Universities I didn’t even apply to keep sending personalized invitations to apply with several scholarship offers.”

(Florida cont.)

University of Miami – Coral Gables University of North Florida – Jacksonville University of South Florida – Tampa University of South Florida – Sarasota-Manatee *University of Tampa University of West Florida – Pensacola Georgia Agnes Scott College – Decatur Berry College – Mount Berry Brewton-Parker College – Mt. Vernon Georgia College – Milledgeville Georgia Southern University – Statesboro LaGrange College Mercer University – Macon *Oglethorpe University – Atlanta Piedmont College – Demorest Savannah College of Art and Design Shorter University – Rome Spelman College – Atlanta Toccoa Falls College University of West Georgia – Carrollton Hawaii Chaminade University of Honolulu Hawaii Pacific University – Honolulu Idaho Boise State University College of Idaho – Caldwell *Northwest Nazarene University – Nampa Illinois Augustana College – Rock Island Aurora University Benedictine University – Lisle Blackburn College – Carlinville Bradley University – Peoria Columbia College Chicago Concordia University – Chicago *DePaul University – Chicago Dominican University – River Forest *Eastern Illinois University – Charleston *Elmhurst University Governors State University – University Park *Illinois College – Jacksonville *Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago *Illinois State University – Normal Knox College – Galesburg *Lake Forest College Lakeview College of Nursing – Danville Lewis University – Romeoville Lexington College – Chicago Lincoln College – Normal Lindenwood University – Belleville

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*Loyola University Chicago – Lake Shore MacMurray College – Jacksonville McKendree University – Lebanon Millikin University – Decatur Monmouth College National University of Health Sciences – Lombard National-Louis University – Chicago *North Central College – Naperville North Park University – Chicago Northeastern Illinois University – Chicago Northern Illinois University – Dekalb Northwestern University Olivet Nazarene University – Bourbonnais Quincy University – Quincy Robert Morris University Illinois – Chicago Rockford University Roosevelt University – Chicago Rush University – Chicago Saint Xavier University – Chicago School of the Art Institute of Chicago Shimer College – Chicago Southern Illinois University – Carbondale *Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago Trinity Christian College – Palos Heights Trinity International University – Deerfield University of Illinois – Chicago *University of Illinois – Springfield *University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign University of St. Francis – Joliet Western Illinois University – Macomb Indiana Anderson University Ball State University – Muncie Butler University – Indianapolis Franklin College Goshen College Hanover College Holy Cross College – Notre Dame Huntington University Indiana Institute of Technology – Ft. Wayne Indiana State University – Terre Haute Indiana University – Bloomington Indiana University – Kokomo Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Indiana Wesleyan University – Marion Manchester University – North Manchester *Marian University – Indianapolis Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology – Terre Haute Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Saint Mary’s College – Notre Dame St. Joseph’s College – Rensselaer Taylor University – Upland Trine University – Angola University of Evansville

University of Indianapolis University of Saint Francis – Ft. Wayne *Valparaiso University Iowa Buena Vista University – Storm Lake Central College – Pella Clarke University – Dubuque Coe College – Cedar Rapids *Cornell College – Mount Vernon *Drake University – Des Moines Graceland University – Lamoni Grand View University – Des Moines Iowa State University – Ames Iowa Wesleyan University – Mount Pleasant Morningside College – Sioux City *Mount Mercy University – Cedar Rapids Palmer College of Chiropractic Simpson College – Indianola St. Ambrose University – Davenport University of Dubuque University of Iowa – Iowa City *University of Northern Iowa – Cedar Falls Upper Iowa University – Fayette Waldorf University – Forest City Wartburg College – Waverly William Penn University – Oskaloosa Kansas Baker University – Baldwin City Benedictine College – Atchison Bethany College – Lindsborg Bethel College – North Newton Emporia State University Fort Hays State University *Friends University – Wichita *Kansas State University – Manhattan Kansas Wesleyan University – Salina McPherson College MidAmerica Nazarene University – Olathe *Newman University – Wichita Ottawa University Pittsburg State University Southwestern College – Winfield Sterling College Tabor College – Hillsboro *University of Kansas – Lawrence University of Saint Mary – Leavenworth Washburn University – Topeka *Wichita State University Kentucky Bellarmine University – Louisville Brescia University – Owensboro Georgetown College Lindsey Wilson College – Columbia

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Midway University Morehead State University Murray State University University of Kentucky – Lexington *University of Louisville University of Pikeville Western Kentucky University – Bowling Green Louisiana Centenary College Dillard University – New Orleans Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University – Baton Rouge Louisiana College – Pineville Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge Louisiana State University – Shreveport Louisiana Tech University – Ruston Loyola University New Orleans McNeese State University Northwestern State University Southern University and A&M College Southern University at New Orleans Tulane University – New Orleans University of Louisiana at Monroe University of New Orleans Maine College of the Atlantic – Bar Harbor Husson University – Bangor St. Joseph’s College of Maine – Standish University of Maine – Fort Kent University of Maine – Orono University of Maine – Presque Isle Maryland Bowie State University Capitol Technology University – Laurel Goucher College – Baltimore Hood College – Frederick Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore McDaniel College – Westminster Morgan State University – Baltimore Mount St. Mary’s University – Emmitsburg Notre Dame of Maryland University – Baltimore Salisbury University St. Mary’s College of Maryland *Stevenson University University of Maryland – Baltimore County University of Maryland – Eastern Shore Washington Adventist University – Takoma Park Washington College – Chestertown Massachusetts American International College – Springfield Amherst College Assumption College – Worcester

*Bay Path University – Longmeadow *Becker College – Worcester Bentley University – Waltham Boston University Clark University – Worcester Eastern Nazarene College – Quincy Elms College – Chicopee *Emerson College – Boston Emmanuel College – Boston Hampshire College – Amherst Harvard Extension School Hult International Business School Lasell University – Newton Lesley University – Cambridge Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts – North Adams *Merrimack College – North Andover Mount Holyoke College – South Hadley Northeastern University – Boston Regis College – Weston Salem State University Simmons University – Boston Smith College – Northampton *Springfield College *Suffolk University – Boston University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth University of Massachusetts – Lowell Wentworth Institute of Technology – Boston Western New England University – Springfield Wheaton College – Norton Williams College – Williamstown Michigan Albion College Alma College Aquinas College – Grand Rapids Baker College Central Michigan University – Mt. Pleasant Cleary University – Ann Arbor *College for Creative Studies – Detroit Cornerstone University – Grand Rapids Eastern Michigan University – Ypsilanti Ferris State University – Big Rapids Grand Valley State University – Allendale Kettering University – Flint Lake Superior State University – Sault Ste. Marie Lawrence Technological University – Southfield Madonna University – Livonia Michigan State University – East Lansing Northern Michigan University – Marquette Northwood University – Midland Oakland University – Rochester Hills Siena Heights University – Adrian University of Detroit Mercy – Detroit University of Michigan – Ann Arbor University of Michigan – Dearborn University of Michigan – Flint

Partners in Excellence 17 (Michigan cont.)

University of Michigan – Ross School of Business *Walsh College – Troy *Wayne State University – Detroit Western Michigan University – Kalamazoo Minnesota Augsburg College – Minneapolis Bethany Lutheran College – Mankato College of St. Scholastica – Duluth Concordia College – Moorhead Concordia University – St. Paul Gustavus Adolphus College – St. Peter Hamline University – St. Paul Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Minnesota State University – Mankato Minnesota State University – Moorhead North Central University – Minneapolis Saint John’s University – Collegeville Southwest Minnesota State University – Marshall St. Catherine University – St. Paul *St. Cloud State University St. Mary’s University of Minnesota – Winona Winona State University

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Mississippi Alcorn State University *Belhaven University Blue Mountain College Delta State University Jackson State University Millsaps College Mississippi College *Mississippi State University – Starkville Mississippi University for Women Mississippi Valley State University *University of Mississippi – Oxford *University of Southern Mississippi Williams Carey University – Hattiesburg Missouri Avila University – Kansas City Central Methodist University – College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Columbia College Cottey College – Nevada Culver-Stockton College – Canton Drury University – Springfield Fontbonne University – St. Louis Hannibal-LaGrange University Harris-Stowe State University – St. Louis Lindenwood University – St. Charles

Like many part-time community college students, Valene Hill has been working toward an associate degree two or three courses at a time for several years. She takes care of her grandmother and has health issues herself, so many of her classes at Montgomery County Community College’s Central Campus in Pennsylvania have been online. Nevertheless, she’s in the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa and is active in her school’s Psychology Club. This fall, she’ll be a student guide for incoming freshmen. Valene is still a few semesters away from transferring, but she’s been using PTK Connect to plan out the next steps in her journey. She will double major in criminal justice and psychology and intends to get both her master’s and doctorate. She wants to either work as a psychologist in a prison or use her degrees to help abuse survivors.

“I’ve changed my major three times, so PTK Connect has been helpful for me to see which colleges PTK is affiliated with, which also helps me make my decisions,” she said. “If I don’t see that a college is affiliated with PTK, I’m not going to apply to that college.”

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Maryville University of Saint Louis – St. Louis Missouri Baptist University – St. Louis Missouri Southern State University – Joplin Missouri State University – Springfield Missouri State University – West Plains *Missouri University of Science & Technology – Rolla Northwest Missouri State University – Maryville Park University – Parkville Rockhurst University – Kansas City Saint Louis University Southeast Missouri State University – Cape Girardeau Southwest Baptist University – Bolivar St. Louis College of Pharmacy *Stephens College – Columbia Truman State University – Kirksville University of Central Missouri – Warrensburg University of Missouri – Columbia University of Missouri – Kansas City University of Missouri – St. Louis Washington University in St. Louis University College *Webster University – St. Louis Westminster College – Fulton William Jewell College – Liberty William Woods University – Fulton Montana *Carroll College – Helena University of Montana – Western Nebraska *Bellevue University Chadron State College College of Saint Mary – Omaha Concordia University – Seward Doane University – Crete Hastings College Midland University – Fremont Nebraska Methodist College – Omaha Nebraska Wesleyan University – Lincoln Peru State College University of Nebraska – Kearney University of Nebraska – Lincoln University of Nebraska – Omaha Wayne State College Nevada Sierra Nevada University – Incline Valley New Hampshire Franklin Pierce University – Rindge Plymouth State University Rivier College – Nashua Southern New Hampshire University – Manchester University of New Hampshire – Durham

New Jersey Bloomfield College Caldwell University Centenary University Drew University – Madison Fairleigh Dickinson University – Florham Felician University – Rutherford *Georgian Court University – Lakewood *Kean University – Union Monmouth University – West Long Branch Montclair State University New Jersey City University New Jersey Institute of Technology – Newark *Rider University – Lawrenceville *Rowan University – Glassboro Rutgers University – New Brunswick *Rutgers University – Newark *Saint Peter’s University – Jersey City Seton Hall University – South Orange Stevens Institute of Technology – Hoboken Stockton University – Galloway The College of New Jersey – Ewing William Paterson University – Wayne New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University – Portales New Mexico Highlands University – Las Vegas New Mexico Institute of Mining and Tech – Socorro New Mexico State University – Las Cruces New York *Adelphi University – Garden City Albany College of Pharmacy Alfred State College Alfred University Berkeley College – NYC Midtown Binghamton University Canisius College – Buffalo Clarkson University – Potsdam College of Mount Saint Vincent – Bronx Columbia University – School of General Studies Concordia College Cornell University – Ithaca Daemen College – Amherst Dowling College – Oakdale D’Youville College – Buffalo Elmira College Excelsior College – Albany Fordham University – Bronx Hartwick College – Oneonta Hilbert College – Hamburg Hobart and William Smith Colleges – Geneva Hofstra University – Hempstead Hunter College – CUNY – Park Avenue Iona College – New Rochelle Ithaca College

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Born in Sapele, a small town in Nigeria, Igho Ekakitie came to the United States in 2017 to attend Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) in Missouri. There, he served as both a chapter and regional PTK officer, started an International Student Organization, and was a Youth Delegate to the United Nations Youth Assembly. He is serving a two-year term on the National Council for the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA). Igho graduated from OTC in May 2020. He used PTK Connect to narrow down his transfer options and received the full-tuition Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Achievement Scholarship to Webster University in Missouri, where he starts in the fall of 2020 and will study international relations.

“As PTK members, we know we can get more people involved in leadership,” he said. “We can make rapid global change. We can take ambitious steps in making our schools a better place, our societies more habitable, our states safer, our nation and world more welcoming. So, why not?” (New York cont.)

Keuka College – Keuka Park Le Moyne College – Syracuse *LIM College *Long Island University – Post Manhattanville College – Purchase Maria College – Albany Marist College – Poughkeepsie Marymount Manhattan College Medaille College – Buffalo Mercy College – Dobbs Ferry Metropolitan College of New York – Bronx Center Molloy College – Rockville Centre Morrisville State College Mount Saint Mary College – Newburgh Nazareth College – Rochester New York Institute of Technology – Manhattan New York University Niagara University

Pace University – New York City Paul Smith’s College *Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Troy Roberts Wesleyan College – Rochester Rochester Institute of Technology *Russell Sage College – Troy Saint Francis College – Brooklyn Heights Sarah Lawrence College – Bronxville Siena College – Loudonville St. Bonaventure University *St. John Fisher College – Rochester St. John’s University – Queens St. Joseph’s College – Brooklyn St. Joseph’s College – Long Island St. Lawrence University – Canton St. Thomas Aquinas College – Sparkill SUNY Cobleskill SUNY College of Environmental Science – Syracuse

20 Partners in Excellence (New York cont.)

*SUNY Cortland SUNY Delhi SUNY Geneseo SUNY Oneonta SUNY Polytechnic – Utica Syracuse University *The College of Saint Rose – Albany The College of Westchester – White Plains The King’s College The New School University of Rochester Utica College Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Tech – Flushing Wagner College – Staten Island *Wells College – Aurora North Carolina *Appalachian State University – Boone Barton College – Wilson Belmont Abbey College Campbell University – Buies Creek Catawba College – Salisbury Gardner-Webb University – Boiling Springs Guilford College – Greensboro High Point University Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte *Lees-McRae College – Banner Elk Lenoir-Rhyne University – Hickory Meredith College – Raleigh North Carolina A&T State University – Greensboro North Carolina Central University – Durham *North Carolina Wesleyan College – Rocky Mount Pfeiffer University – Misenheimer Queens University of Charlotte Salem College – Winston-Salem University of Mount Olive University of North Carolina – Greensboro University of North Carolina – Wilmington Warren Wilson College – Swannanoa William Peace University – Raleigh Wingate University North Dakota Dickinson State University Mayville State University Minot State University *North Dakota State University – Fargo University of Jamestown University of Mary – Bismarck University of North Dakota – Grand Forks Valley City State University Ohio Antioch College – Yellow Springs Antioch University – Midwest Ashland University *Baldwin Wallace University – Berea

Capital University – Columbus Case Western Reserve University – Cleveland Cleveland Institute of Art Cleveland State University Defiance College Franciscan University – Steubenville Franklin University – Columbus Heidelberg University – Tiffin Hiram College John Carroll University – Cleveland Kent State University Kenyon College – Gambier Lake Erie College – Painesville Lourdes University – Sylvania Malone University – Canton Marietta College Miami University – Oxford *Miami University Regionals – Middletown *Mount St. Joseph University – Cincinnati Mount Vernon Nazarene University Muskingum University – New Concord Notre Dame College – Cleveland Ohio Christian University – Circleville *Ohio Dominican University – Columbus Ohio State University – Columbus Ohio State University at Mansfield *Ohio University – Athens Shawnee State University – Portsmouth Tiffin University *Union Institute & University – Cincinnati Academic Center University of Cincinnati University of Dayton *University of Mount Union – Alliance University of Rio Grande University of Toledo Urbana University *Wilmington College Wittenberg University – Springfield Wright State University Xavier University – Cincinnati Oklahoma East Central University – Ada Northeastern State University – Tahlequah Oklahoma Baptist University – Shawnee Oklahoma City University Oklahoma Panhandle State University – Goodwell Oklahoma State University – Stillwater Oklahoma State University – Tulsa Oral Roberts University – Tulsa Rogers State University – Claremore Southeastern Oklahoma State University – Durant University of Central Oklahoma – Edmond University of Oklahoma – Norman University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma – Chickasha University of Tulsa

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Oregon Concordia University – Portland Corban University – Salem *Eastern Oregon University – La Grande Lewis & Clark College – Portland Linfield University – McMinnville Oregon Institute of Technology – Klamath Falls Pacific University – Forest Grove Portland State University Reed College – Portland University of Oregon – Eugene University of Portland Williamette University – Salem Pennsylvania Albright College – Reading Alvernia University – Reading Arcadia University – Glenside Bloomsburg University Cabrini University – Radnor California University of Pennsylvania Carlow University – Pittsburgh Cedar Crest College – Allentown Chatham University – Pittsburgh Chestnut Hill College – Philadelphia *Delaware Valley University – Doylestown DeSales University – Center Valley Dickinson College – Carlisle Drexel University – Philadelphia *Duquesne University – Pittsburgh East Stroudsburg University Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Elizabethtown College Gannon University – Erie Geneva College – Beaver Falls Gwynedd Mercy University – Gwynedd Valley Harrisburg University Holy Family University – Philadelphia Immaculata University Juniata College – Huntingdon Keystone College – La Plume King’s College – Wilkes Barre *Kutztown University La Roche College – Pittsburgh *La Salle University – Philadelphia Lebanon Valley College – Annville Lehigh University – Bethlehem Lincoln University Lycoming College – Williamsport Marywood University – Scranton Mercyhurst University – Erie Messiah College – Grantham Misericordia University – Dallas Moravian College – Bethlehem Muhlenberg College – Allentown *Neumann University – Aston

Peirce College – Philadelphia Penn State – Abington Penn State – University Park Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – Philadelphia Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences – Lancaster Pennsylvania College of Technology – Williamsport Philadelphia Biblical University – Langhorne Point Park University – Pittsburgh Robert Morris University – Moon Township Rosemont College *Saint Joseph’s University – Philadelphia Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Susquehanna University – Selinsgrove Thiel College – Greenville Thomas Jefferson University *University of Pittsburgh – Bradford University of Scranton University of the Sciences – Philadelphia Ursinus College – Collegeville Villanova University Widener University – Chester Wilkes University – Wilkes-Barre Wilson College – Chambersburg *York College of Pennsylvania Rhode Island Bryant University – Smithfield Johnson & Wales University – Providence *Roger Williams University – Bristol Salve Regina University – Newport University of Rhode Island – Kingston South Carolina Anderson University Coastal Carolina University – Conway College of Charleston *Columbia College Converse College – Spartanburg Erskine College – Due West Francis Marion University – Florence Newberry College Presbyterian College – Clinton Campus *Southern Wesleyan University – Central Spartanburg Methodist College University of South Carolina – Beaufort Winthrop University – Rock Hill Wofford College – Spartanburg South Dakota Dakota State University – Madison Dakota Wesleyan University – Mitchell Mount Marty College – Yankton University of Sioux Falls University of South Dakota – Vermillion

22 Partners in Excellence

Tennessee Austin Peay State University – Clarksville Bethel University – McKenzie Bryan College – Dayton Carson-Newman University – Jefferson City Cumberland University – Lebanon East Tennessee State University – Johnson City *Freed-Hardeman University – Henderson King University – Bristol Lane College – Jackson *Lee University – Cleveland LeMoyne-Owen College – Memphis Lincoln Memorial University – Harrogate *Lipscomb University – Nashville Martin Methodist College – Pulaski *Maryville College Middle Tennessee State University – Murfreesboro Tennessee Technological University – Cookeville Trevecca Nazarene University – Nashville Tusculum University – Greeneville Union University – Jackson University of Memphis University of Tennessee – Knoxville University of Tennessee – Martin University of the South – Sewanee Texas Abilene Christina University Angelo State University – San Angelo Austin College – Sherman Baylor University – Waco Concordia University – Austin *Dallas Baptist University *East Texas Baptist University – Marshall Hardin-Simmons University – Abilene Houston Baptist University Lamar University – Beaumont Letourneau University – Longview McMurry University – Abilene Midwestern State University – Wichita Falls Northwood University – Cedar Hill Our Lady of the Lake University – San Antonio Southern Methodist University – Dallas Southwestern University – Georgetown *St. Edward’s University – Austin St. Mary’s University – San Antonio Stephen F. Austin State University - Nacogdoches *Tarleton State University – Stephenville Texas A&M University – Central Texas Texas A&M University – College Station Texas A&M University – Commerce Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Texas A&M University – Galveston Texas A&M University – Kingsville Texas A&M University – San Antonio Texas A&M University – Texarkana

Texas Chiropractic College – Pasadena Texas Chiropractic University Texas Christian University – Fort Worth *Texas Lutheran University – Seguin Texas State University – San Marcos *Texas Tech University – Lubbock *Texas Wesleyan University – Fort Worth Texas Woman’s University – Denton The University of Texas at Arlington The University of Texas at Dallas The University of Texas at San Antonio The University of Texas at Tyler The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley Trinity University – San Antonio University of Dallas – Irving University of Houston – Downtown University of Houston – Northwest *University of North Texas – Denton University of St. Thomas – Houston University of the Incarnate Word – San Antonio University of the Incarnate Word – School of Professional Studies Wayland Baptist University – Plainview West Texas A&M University – Canyon Utah Dixie State University – St. George Westminster College – Salt Lake City Virginia Averett University – Danville Bridgewater College Eastern Mennonite University – Harrisonburg Emory and Henry College – Emory George Mason University Hollins University – Roanoke Liberty University – Lynchburg Longwood University – Farmville Mary Baldwin University – Staunton Marymount University – Arlington Radford University Randolph College – Lynchburg *Randolph-Macon College – Ashland Regent University – Virginia Beach Roanoke College – Salem Sweet Briar College University of Lynchburg University of Richmond University of Virginia – School of Continuing & Professional Studies Virginia Tech – Blacksburg Virginia Wesleyan College – Norfolk

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Vermont Champlain College – Burlington Goddard College – Plainfield Marlboro College Norwich University – Northfield Washington *Antioch University – Seattle Bastyr University – Kenmore Central Washington University – Ellensburg Eastern Washington University – Cheney *Gonzaga University – Spokane Pacific Lutheran University – Tacoma Saint Martin’s University – Lacey Seattle Pacific University Washington State University – Everett Washington State University – Vancouver Western Washington University – Bellingham *Whitworth University – Spokane

Online Ashford University Cambridge College Online Capella University Drexel University Online Mississippi State University Online Southern New Hampshire University Online University of Florida Online University of Pennsylvania LPS Online Washington State University Global Western Governors University Online

Wisconsin Alverno College – Milwaukee Beloit College Cardinal Stritch University – Milwaukee *Carthage College – Kenosha Edgewood College – Madison Lakeland University – Plymouth Lawrence University – Appleton *Marquette University – Milwaukee Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Mount Mary University – Milwaukee *Northland College – Ashland Ripon College Silver Lake College of the Holy Family – Manitowoc University of Wisconsin – La Crosse University of Wisconsin – Madison University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee University of Wisconsin – Stout *Wisconsin Lutheran College – Milwaukee West Virginia Alderson Broaddus University – Philippi Concord University – Athens Ohio Valley University – Vienna Shepherd University West Virginia Wesleyan College – Buckhannon Wheeling Jesuit University Wyoming University of Wyoming – Laramie International The American University of Paris – France Franklin College Switzerland – Lugano Richmond, The American International University in London Simon Fraser University – Burnaby

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