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TransferTimes.com : Fall 2015 : Iowa Edition

Enter to Win a $6,000 Scholarship! Visit TransferTimes.com to enter today.

Two $6,000 Transfer Times Scholarships are awarded per academic year to qualifying students from community colleges. You could be the next winner!* (See contest details inside.)

Students walking on the Fayette campus of Upper Iowa University, founded in 1857.

Entry deadline is December 1, 2015.

Congratulations Kyle Chapman Our Spring Transfer Times Scholarship winner in Iowa!

Kyle is currently a student at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and had this to say:

I’m trying to stay debt-free which is why I decided to start at a community college then transfer for my bachelor’s degree. The scholarship will really help. For Kyle’s full profile and those of all scholarship winners, refer to the article on page 9 or visit TransferTimes.com to read Transfer Student Stories.

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Culver-Stockton College.........4 Kaplan University....................5 North Dakota State University.......................6 Grand View University.............8 Simpson College..................10

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Briar Cliff University...............11 University of Iowa..................13 Graceland University.............14 Upper Iowa University...........15 Buena Vista University..........16


TransferTimes.com : Fall 2015 : Transfer Times Iowa Edition : TRANSFER TIMES

4 Year School Comparison Guide Key Areas to Compare

Use this table to help evaluate and take notes on your top transfer destination schools. Visit transfertimes.com to view school profiles that

address the areas listed below. Work with your academic advisor and contact transfer schools to determine which school is best for you.

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School Name City, State Phone / Contact Do they offer my major? # of Credits that will Transfer Admissions Requirements

Deadlines Financial Aid Tuition & Fees Notes Overall Ranking

Financial Aid Resources Online Clearly, the Internet has become an important source of information in recent years. And, just as obviously, the federal government now plays an important role in helping students and their parents finance college.

If you already have a federally funded student loan, or may be getting one in the future, here are some government-operated websites that could be very helpful.

studentaid.ed.gov/sa/ This is a good starting point, with general information on federal student financial assistance.

www2.ed.gov/DirectLoan This is the Direct Loan home page, with information on the U.S. Department of Education’s lending programs. This includes information on student loan consolidation.

fafsa.ed.gov/

Provides eligibility information, a worksheet for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the FAFSA application itself that you can print out OR complete and submit right online! If you need to know anything about student loans... you need to know about FAFSA!

nslds.ed.gov If you already have a student loan, you can access your specific loan data, including a Financial Aid Review.

ombudsman.ed.gov/ Got a problem or concern regarding your student loan? Here’s the website to go to for addressing student loan problems or issues.

studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/scams An important part of the website just listed, this site provides information on how to identify potential scholarship scams.

And here’s another great website provided by the government with lots of great information on many different topics related to college life:

students.gov Information includes, but isn’t limited to:

• Planning your education • Career development • Campus life • Paying for your education • Even online study help!

This site is a joint effort of several U.S. government agencies and provides LOTS of information. As you can see, the Department of Education and other government agencies maintain sites that can be very informative and very helpful when it comes to financing your education or many other topics.

Check them out!

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TransferTimes.com : Fall 2015 : Transfer Times Iowa Edition : TRANSFER TIMES SCHOLARSHIP

A $6,000 Scholarship Could Be Yours!

Visit TransferTimes.com today and enter to win. A winner will be selected at random from all entries to receive the $6,000 Transfer Times Scholarship. Be sure to enter by the deadline: December 1, 2015! The winning entry will be drawn soon after the deadline.

How would $6,000 help support your college education? It can be used at any college or university participating in this issue of Transfer Times. Entering the scholarship contest is simple. Visit TransferTimes.com and click on the Scholarship area to access the entry form. While you’re online, you can search for 4-year colleges and universities by state and academic program.

Entry deadline is December 1, 2015. Don’t put it off – Enter today! The rules are pretty simple: Scholarship must be applied to any college or university that advertises in the Transfer Times. The winning entry will be selected at random soon after the entry deadline. 1. T  o enter, you must be enrolled at a two-year community college or technical

college in Transfer Times distribution area (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin). 2. O  ne entry per person is permitted. Only online entries will be accepted. 3. T  he scholarship must be used within two years of the date on which the winner is announced. 4. E  nrollment as a full time student at a fouryear college or university that advertises in the Transfer Times is required. 5. This scholarship is non-transferable. All admissions requirements and other college or university rules must be met. 6. T  his program is administered entirely by the Transfer Times and the four-year school’s financial aid office. All decisions are the sole responsibility of Transfer Times. All decisions are final.

Enter the $6,000 Scholarship Contest online!

Visit TransferTimes.com to enter online and request 4-year college information.

Let’s Take a Quick Look at the Job Outlook If there’s one piece of advice to consider when thinking about a college major or a future career, it would absolutely have to be this: Do something you truly enjoy doing.

Bureau of Labor Statistics. There’s lots more information in this publication as well, including job search tips and more detailed information on many types of jobs. AND... it’s all available and downloadable from the Internet. Go to bls.gov/OCO to get it all.

If you are unhappy in your work, there’s a pretty good chance this dissatisfaction will affect other aspects of your life as well. After all, you’re probably going to be spending about half of the time you’re awake either at work or traveling to or from work. Do something you like and find meaningful!

Now, let’s explain the terms Fastest Growing Occupations and Occupations with the Largest Numerical Increases. If, for instance, an occupation had 1,000 workers in 2008 and it is predicted that another 1,000 workers will be added by 2018, that’s a 100 percent increase in the occupation. It’s a very fastgrowing occupation.

Having said that, job growth and job security may also merit some careful consideration. Here’s a look at the Fastest Growing Occupations and the Occupations with the Largest Numerical Increases predicted between 2008 and 2018.

Great information for free The information is from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S.

On the other hand, a second occupation may have 500,000 workers and is predicted to add 100,000 more by 2018. That’s only a 20 percent increase, but it’s many more people entering the occupation than the 1,000 new employees entering the first occupation. Refer to the box at the right to look at the data both ways.

Fastest Growing Occupations with Largest Percent Increase: 2008-2018 • Biomedical Engineers • Network Systems and Data • Communications Analysts • Financial Examiners • Athletic Trainers • Computer Software Engineers/Applications

Occupations with Largest Numerical Increase (Adding Jobs) 2008-2018 • Registered Nurses (B.S.N./A.D.N.) • Accountants and Auditors • Elementary School Teachers (except Special Education) • Computer Software Engineers/Applications • Network Systems & Data • Communications Analysts

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TransferTimes.com : Fall 2015 : Transfer Times Iowa Edition : CULVER-STOCKTON COLLEGE

CulverStockton College

other classes, take a full-time internship or conduct graduate-level research with your undivided attention. Interactive Travel Study courses are offered every semester, giving students opportunities to study all over the world with their professors and classmates.

Flexible Study

Choosing where to earn your 4-year degree is a decision that can affect the rest of your life. There are many factors to consider when choosing a college, and at some institutions, the transfer process can be stressful. Fortunately, transferring to Culver-Stockton College is designed to be an easy process, because at C-SC, it’s all about the students.

Culver-Stockton prides itself in offering students a modern approach to earning their degrees. There are more than 30 programs of study, and students can design their own degrees through individualized majors. C-SC also offers online programs, with no obligation to ever come to campus, or hybrid programs, where students take a blend of on campus and online courses. And with a 15:1 student to faculty ratio, Culver-Stockton students get the personalized attention they need.

What makes C-SC different?

Seamless Transfers

Culver-Stockton has taken a typical 15-week semester and split it into two terms: a 12-week term and a 3-week term. Students usually take 3-4 courses during the 12-week, instead of 5-6 like at other institutions, because focusing on fewer courses at once allows for active educational experiences. Then, students focus on just one experiential course during the 3-week term. You can use your 3-week to travel without worrying about

Culver-Stockton has worked to make the transfer process as easy as possible, and has articulation agreements with several community colleges to assure that transfer students are on track to graduate in a timely manner. The general articulation agreements assure that when a student transfers from a participating community college with an associate’s degree, all but one of the general education requirements are already satisfied. This means that you can start focusing on the courses for your major right away.

An affordable option Culver-Stockton accepts an unlimited number of qualifying credit hours, meaning that time already spent in college is not wasted when transferring. C-SC also offers transfer scholarships, along with grants, loans and work-study opportunities. Add this to the fact that Culver-Stockton College was ranked the 5th best value in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report, and students know they are making the most of their college experience.

See for yourself Experience Culver-Stockton for yourself by scheduling a visit. During your visit, we will take you around our beautiful campus and introduce you to your future professors and coaches. We know you will see the difference.

Learn more about CulverStockton, and schedule a visit by calling (800)537-1883 or emailing admission@culver.edu. Visit www.culver.edu/transfer for more information about Culver-Stockton College.

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TransferTimes.com : Fall 2015 : Transfer Times Iowa Edition : KAPLAN UNIVERSITY

Transfer Your Associate’s Degree Credits Into an Online Bachelor’s Degree Program at Kaplan University Kaplan University will help you maximize your transfer credits so you can realize the most savings. We offer several paths designed to help you earn college credit for what you already know. And, because we know you want to get where you’re going as quickly as possible, we’ll help you map out the most direct path to your degree.

You may be closer than you think to earning your bachelor’s degree. Get the credit you deserve. Continue your education online with Kaplan University and you could save time and money. Kaplan University has relationships with several community colleges to help you transfer credits to an online school. If you are transferring from one of these colleges, you could benefit from a shorter path to your degree. Kaplan University provides online flexibility with seamless credit transfer between institutions-and students could be eligible for a tuition grant.

Kaplan University— A Career-Focused University Kaplan University offers a wide range of programs designed to develop the skills and knowledge relevant to today’s workplace. Kaplan University’s professors are skilled educators and industry professionals who teach real-world knowledge.

The World Becomes Your Classroom At Kaplan University, we have no boundaries and our options are not limited by geography. This enables us to recruit leading educators and practicing business professionals from anywhere in the world. This ensures you are taught by real-world professionals with access to current marketplace knowledge and on-the-job skills. You will have opportunities to study and test your knowledge through online quizzes, interactive classrooms, seminars, and web field trips. Some programs offer externships or other opportunities through which you may acquire real-world experience.

Interactive and User Friendly Online education at Kaplan University is created around the principle of using advanced technology and enhanced delivery methods to make classes easy to access and use. You can navigate lessons and explore web field trips with the click of a mouse, and communicate with fellow students and faculty via email and message boards. Our user-friendly online classroom environment makes learning interactive and enjoyable. Your classes, academic resources, and support services are all easily

accessible. Just log on to our classroom portal with your personalized ID and password and you are ready to go. Kaplan University offers a full range of support services, including technical support by phone, email, and live chat.

Kaplan University has Iowa campuses in Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Davenport, Des Moines, and Mason City. For more information, call 866.398.9456, visit CC.Kaplan.edu, or email rholland@kaplan.edu.

Upgrade your degree and your potential. A survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that, on average, the weekly earnings of full-time employees with a bachelor’s degree are 39% more than those who hold an associate’s degree.*

Transfer your associate’s degree credits into an online bachelor’s degree program at Kaplan University. Learn how Kaplan University can help you achieve your educational goals with: • Tuition reduction† • Online learning flexibility • Multiple transfer credit opportunities • Credit for work/life experience

• Career-focused programs

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• Scholarship and grant programs

Upgrade your degree to a bachelor’s. For comprehensive consumer information, visit kaplan.edu/info. * Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm. Data are 2014 averages for persons age 25 and over. Earnings are for full-time wage and salary workers. National salary figures may not reflect local salary conditions and are not a guarantee of any particular salary. † Reduced tuition recipients are not eligible for other Kaplan University scholarships, grants, discounts, or tuition vouchers. ‡ Kaplan University does not guarantee transferability of credit from any of these sources. See University Catalog for Prior Learning Assessment policy. § Classes count toward a degree if satisfactorily completed. No credits are earned if the student withdraws during the introductory period (3 weeks for undergraduate students), which begins day one of the first term. Students who choose to continue their studies at the University will need to meet specific requirements. Graduate programs not included. Additional terms may apply to international and non-U.S. citizen students. For further information, see catalog.kaplanuniversity.edu and the Kaplan Commitment Statement. Application fee waived for campus and learning center students through December 31, 2015. # Some courses and programs will only be available online.

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TransferTimes.com : Fall 2015 : Transfer Times Iowa Edition : NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

Students Learn from the Best at NDSU North Dakota State University

NDSU is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university, recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s

NDSU offers 100 undergraduate majors, 86 master’s degrees and 50 doctoral degrees. Its eight colleges include the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources; College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Business; College of Engineering; College of Human Development and Education; College of Health Professions; College of Science and Mathematics; and College of University Studies.

top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education

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More than 14,700 students from 48 states and 69 countries attend NDSU. The average student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1.

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Transfer information NDSU welcomes hundreds of new transfer students each year. In general, admission to NDSU is based on a review of the student’s total academic record, including college GPA, college coursework and in some cases, high school academics. In most cases, it is recommended applicants have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average in all college coursework to be considered for admission, although meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Several online tools are available to assist students with determining how previous coursework will transfer to NDSU and how it will fit with program requirements. Visit www.ndsu.edu/admission/transfer for more details on transferring credits.

majors

800 faculty

17:1 student : faculty ratio

14 athletic teams compete in Division I

Scholarship opportunities

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At NDSU, scholarships are available to transfer students who have demonstrated high collegiate academic achievement. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA from each institution previously attended. Preference will be given to students who have earned 24 or more transferable semester credits. NDSU also offers scholarship opportunities for members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The deadline to apply for transfer scholarships is April 1 for students starting fall semester or December 1 for students starting spring semester. Students must complete their admission to NDSU by the deadline to be considered for transfer scholarships.

Visit campus Transfer students are encouraged to visit at least one to two semesters before the intended start date. Different transfer visit options are available and offer opportunities to visit with an admission counselor, tour facilities and, when available, meet with a faculty member in the student’s academic area. For more information and to schedule your visit to NDSU, call 701-231-8643 or schedule online at www.ndsu.edu/admission/transfer.

Student Life NDSU has 14 Division I athletic teams and nearly 300 student organizations. Students are involved in a variety of activities, such as student government, Greek life, academic and honor societies, fine arts clubs, athletics, cultural affiliations and study abroad.

Community NDSU is located in Fargo, North Dakota, a community of more than 215,000 residents. Fargo is a regional hub for the arts, shopping,

Office of Admissions | Dept. 2832, PO Box 6050 | Fargo, ND 58108

dining, concerts and sporting events. It is consistently ranked on national lists of the best places to live and work.

Questions For more information on transferring to NDSU, email Adam in the Office of Admission, at adam.lundquist@ndsu.edu or call 701-231-7978.

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TransferTimes.com : Fall 2015 : Transfer Times Iowa Edition : TRANSFER TIMES

Seven Steps to a Great Campus Visit With a little planning in advance, a visit to a four-year college or university campus can be very informative... and even fun! A campus visit is an important part of finding the college or university that’s best for you. Admissions counselors are happy to arrange such visits and urge potential transfer students to visit the campus. Here are some suggestions for making your campus visit as productive as possible.

1. Do some soul searching. What is it you really want out of college anyway? What’s important to you? Is it critical that you make the golf team or is it more important to be able to do original research in physics? Do you want to transfer to a college or university which provides opportunities for great spiritual growth? Do you want to be able to go home every weekend or is this a good time to broaden horizons and get out on your own more? There are many other questions to consider, but the point is this: You can’t find what you’re looking for until you KNOW what you’re looking for. Put your primary goals in a list, with the most important items first.

2. Make an appointment. Don’t just show up at a four-year college or university expecting someone to automatically assist you. Call the admissions office at least two weeks in advance and make an appointment. Using your priorities list, indicate what you’d like to see and do (talk to the golf coach, visit the physics lab, etc.). It may not be possible to see and do all the things you’d like – but it’ll be a lot more likely if the admissions counselors at the school you’re visiting KNOW IN ADVANCE what your interests are. Also, ask them for suggestions on things to see and do. After all, they know more about their college or university than most anyone else.

3. Talk to people. A guided tour is certainly helpful, but visiting oneon-one is even more helpful. And talk to the right people about the right things. If you want to know about the biology curriculum, visit with a faculty member in the biology department. If you have financial aid questions, don’t expect the biology professor to know the answers. If you want to know about social life on campus, visit with students.

4. Get involved. If time permits, take in a ball game. Or attend a

class or two. Or go to a student social event or activity. Perhaps spend a night in the dorm and/or eat in the cafeteria. In short, put yourself in the place of a current student a bit. You’ll get a better “feel” for a college or university in this way.

5. Handle the technical stuff. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to get going on matters such as financial aid packages, credit transfer, perhaps even a tentative class schedule. If you haven’t sent transcripts already, you may want to bring them with you (check with the admissions staff when you set up an appointment). And don’t forget, the very best time to begin working on financial aid matters was yesterday; the second best time is NOW.

6. Check the living conditions. If you’ll be living in a dorm, at least visit a dorm and, better yet, spend the night. Eat a meal or two in the cafeteria. If you’re considering living off-campus, get some idea of what your rent dollar will buy. What’s available in your price range? Check the newspaper, or with a rental agency or real estate office. Another option is to visit with current students who are living in housing off campus.

Check on transportation, especially if you’ll be living off campus. Is there a bus system? If you plan to have a car, is there parking? What costs are associated with a car on campus?

7. Take notes ... maybe some photos. You may want to write some observations during your visit. Take your camera or use your cell phone to take some campus photos. Transfer them to your computer when you return so they can serve as a reminder. You also will find it helpful to think a bit about your visit and write down some general impressions right after it’s over. What was the best part of your visit? Were there any issues or problem areas? Overall, how do you feel about this particular place?

Campus visits are important and with a little extra effort you can have a very informative and helpful one. Best wishes on finding the transfer school that’s just right for you!

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TransferTimes.com : Fall 2015 : Transfer Times Iowa Edition : GRAND VIEW UNIVERSITY

Grand View University Knowing when and where to transfer is a huge decision. It’s important to find a college and a degree program that fits you. Perhaps you have many credits or have earned a degree from another college. Or maybe you’ve decided you want to pursue your education at one of Iowa’s exceptional private colleges.

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Either way, you’re ready for an opportunity that will enhance your life and have a significant impact on your future. That opportunity is Grand View.

• Simple transfer policies, up to 66 semester hours of credit accepted from two-year colleges

Opportunity to Achieve

• 40 baccalaureate majors

We offer bachelor’s degrees in 40 majors, including biology, business, education, nursing, graphic design, human services, criminal justice, psychology, computer science, social work, digital media production, and more. Grand View is home to 2,200 students, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1 and an average class size of 17. We provide a quality education at an affordable price, awarding financial aid that brings the cost for many students close to that of a public university.

• Dynamic internships • Transfer scholarships available • Average class size of 17 • Nearly 100% job placement for two decades

Hands-on Experience Among the things that make Grand View special is an emphasis on hands-on experiences that truly prepare you for your career. With a population exceeding half a million people, Des Moines is the perfect place for internships that can lead to jobs and create your first career network. Grand View has working relationships with many major corporations and organizations in the metro area, including premier companies such as Meredith Corporation, Principal Financial, and Wells Fargo.

• Choice of on-campus living styles • Personal attention, all classes taught by professional faculty

Call today to discuss your needs with our transfer admissions counselors!

Learn to Lead for Life Life outside the classroom helps you learn and grow as a whole person. As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC), we offer twenty-four sports for men and women. Through more than 40 clubs, organizations, and service projects, leadership opportunities abound.

Educational Value High academic standards, personal attention, hands-on education, leadership opportunities and a true commitment to your success are important parts of the quality Grand View offers. That translates into value. Grand View typically awards more than $36 million each year in financial assistance. At Grand View, we know making a transition can be overwhelming. That’s why we keep our process simple and our transfer policies friendly. Our transfer admissions counselors are happy to help you complete an application and answer questions about the transfer process. They will also unofficially evaluate your transcripts, explain financial aid options, and provide one-on-one academic and career planning assistance.

FALL CLASSES BEGIN AUGUST 24 515-263-2810 • 800-444-6083 www.admissions.grandview.edu Contact admissions@grandview.edu for more information.

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TransferTimes.com : Fall 2015 : Transfer Times Iowa Edition : TRANSFER TIMES

Transfer Student Stories

Profiles of Spring 2015 Edition Scholarship Winners Congratulations to May 2015 Scholarship Winners! Read on to meet them. Iowa Winner: Kyle Chapman

Kyle is a 2014 graduate of Johnston High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, in band and choir and on the soccer, football and track teams. He also worked part-time at a supermarket.

Kyle then enrolled at the Ankeny campus of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), where he is on the dean’s list, in the honors program and a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. He now works approximately 24 hours a week as a church custodian and is paying for college himself. Kyle is evaluating his transfer options and considering the University of Iowa and a major in political science. His hobbies include history and music. “The scholarship is great!” Kyle said. “I have friends who already are deep in debt with student loans. I’m trying to stay debt-free which is why I decided to start at a community college then transfer for my bachelor’s degree. The scholarship will really help. It will take some of the burden off.”

Upper Midwest Winner: Ginger Sternweis

A 2001 high school graduate, Ginger began working at the local hospital in the food and nutrition services area. “I worked various jobs there, but after a while I felt like I wanted something more. I switched to working as an assistant teacher in a child care center. I did that for five years and liked what I was doing but still felt like there was something more for me, which would take more education. So I enrolled at UW-Marshfield/ Wood County for the spring semester in 2014.”

By taking summer classes Ginger completed an AAS degree in liberal arts this past May. During her time at UW-Marshfield to date, Ginger has held a work-study job as receptionist in the Student Affairs office, has worked in the college bookstore, and works off-campus for a family as a nanny. Ginger has decided to continue her education at UWMarshfield in a relatively new program there offering a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science degree. She explains, “It’s a Bachelor’s of Arts and Science degree program, centered on professional development by including internships and service learning and a year-long senior capstone.

This degree offers me experiences and learning in variety of different areas. This will allow me to apply these skills and ‘hit the ground running’ as I enter the workforce.”

Illinois Winner: Jenny Baumgart

Jenny is a 2014 graduate of Mt. Carmel High School where she was regularly on the Honor Roll. She also participated in volleyball and was on student council, yearbook, and a member of the Future Business Leaders of America. The summer after graduating Jenny enrolled at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, where she carried at least 18 credits each semester, allowing her to receive her A.S. degree at the end of this past summer session. Jenny received a Presidential Scholarship to attend Wabash Valley College, based on her high school grade point average, ACT score and class rank. At Wabash Valley College, while carrying her heavy course load, Jenny maintained a 3.92 GPA. And she also worked at a fast food restaurant between 25 and 35 hours most weeks during part of high school and through her time at Wabash Valley. Jenny is now enrolled at a state university in Illinois with plans to major in Communication Disorders and Sciences. “I’m very grateful for the scholarship,” Jenny said. “Thanks to Transfer Times!”

Indiana Winner: Everett Berry Jr.

Everett moved from Gary to Fort Wayne last January and is a 2013 graduate of Lew Wallace STEM Academy in Gary, where he was on the JV and Varsity football teams, participated in marching band and pep band, and was a member of the STEM City Geeks, a web design club. After high school he attended Ivy Tech in Gary while working full-time as a technician and salesperson at a tire store. He transferred to another store in the same chain and is continuing his education at Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne, where he is working on an associate’s degree in engineering technology. Everett’s goal then is to transfer to a four-year college and earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Through Transfer Times, Everett requested information on St. Joseph’s College and is now considering his transfer options. “Either way, money for college will be great,” Everett said. “I am very thankful.”

Ohio Winner: Hayden Hayes

Hayden is a 2013 graduate of Zanesville High School, where he was regularly on the honor roll, was a member of Key Club, and part of the golf team. Hayden then enrolled at Zane State College where he was consistently on the dean’s list and graduated Summa Cum Laude this past May with an A.S. degree. Since 2011 Hayden has worked part-time during the school year and full-time summers at a local golf course, serving as an assistant in the pro shop. In addition to golf, Hayden enjoys snowboarding. He is now enrolled at a university in Ohio with plans to major in biomedical studies and then continue to either medical school or study veterinary medicine. “With several years of education ahead of me, I am very grateful for any and all scholarships,” Hayden said. “I really appreciate receiving the Transfer Times scholarship.”

Michigan Winner: Rebecca Goodno Rebecca lives in the country near Conklin, Michigan, located about half way between Grand Rapids and Muskegon. She attended high school in nearby Ravenna, graduating in 2014.

In high school, Rebecca was class president four years and was on the prom committee. She participated in volleyball, track, cross-country and FFA and was regularly on the honor roll. Rebecca now attends Muskegon Community College. She is also a student worker in the college’s public relations department where she handles a wide range of tasks, including writing stories, taking photos of college events, and maintaining the calendar of upcoming events online. This fits well into Rebecca’s plans to ultimately earn a bachelor’s degree in public relations/communications. She is currently considering her transfer options. In addition to her work at college, Rebecca works summers at a nearby RV park and has raised pigs and lambs for 4-H, which were sold to earn money for college. “Any money for college is a great help,” Rebecca said. “It’s challenging to balance school and work and anything that helps lighten my work time is greatly appreciated.”

Will you be the Next Winner?

Be sure to enter the NEW $6000 scholarship contest online! One lucky winner will be selected in DECEMBER 2015.

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TransferTimes.com : Fall 2015 : Transfer Times Iowa Edition : SIMPSON COLLEGE

Simpson College: A Personalized Education Students are excited to learn about the potential for academic and leadership growth available at Simpson College. Our exceptional academic programs, great location, guaranteed internship opportunities and what we refer to as the “Simpson Experience” may be exactly what you are looking for. We are eager to answer your questions and guide you through every step of the process.

Why Simpson? Simpson has a reputation for providing strong academics with professors dedicated to teaching and personalized attention. Benefits of transferring to Simpson include: • An Associate of Arts degree fulfills all general education requirements at Simpson (This gives students the flexibility to jump right into a chosen major and take full advantage of the Simpson Experience including research, internships and more.) • More than 80 programs of study • Small class sizes • Opportunities to conduct one-on-one research with faculty members or through professional partnerships • Three-week May Term for in-depth study, internships and international travel • Study abroad options in locations as diverse as Ecuador, Madagascar, Germany, Thailand, China, Tahiti, England, Argentina and Ghana • 100 percent of Simpson students receive financial assistance. There are many scholarships available exclusively to transfer students.

Ideal Location Simpson is located just 12 miles from Iowa’s capital city of Des Moines. Forbes magazine recently named Des Moines as one of the top 10 cities in the nation for business and careers. As a hub for health care, politics, publishing, finance and insurance, Des Moines provides Simpson students with outstanding opportunities for careertrack internships in a variety of fields: • Work for one of the 3,800 businesses in the area, including many Fortune 500 companies

• Clerk for a state senator or campaign for a political candidate • Write or design for an industryleading publishing company • Work or volunteer for a multitude of non-profit organizations Indianola also has charms of its own, including a turn-of-the-century town square with specialty boutiques and restaurants, a student-friendly population and great options for entertainment and outdoor recreation.

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Countless Opportunities Simpson offers transfer students many ways to integrate into campus life: • 19 NCAA Division III athletic teams • Student government/leadership positions

• Completion of an ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE fulfills Simpson’s general education requirements

• Greek Life • Honor and professional societies

• Religious Life Community • Theatre, music and art programs

• Campus publications, including the award-winning Simpsonian campus newspaper

• Community service organizations

Smooth Transition Simpson is committed to making the transition for transfer students as smooth as possible. We offer many scholarships reserved for transfer students, including the Transfer Student Honor Scholarship, Presidential Transfer Scholarship and Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. Learn more about Simpson transfer scholarships and grants at simpson.edu/transferstudent-scholarships-grants.

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TransferTimes.com : Fall 2015 : Transfer Times Iowa Edition : BRIAR CLIFF UNIVERSITY

For education that clicks Choose Briar Cliff University

Finish your bachelor’s degree in an online program that fits your career goals… and your budget. ACCOUNTING BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION NURSING (RN-BSN) OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT SOCIAL WORK

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At Briar Cliff, Your Dream is Within Reach Did you start a degree program, but weren’t able to finish? It’s never too late to achieve your dream!

experience – mind, body and spirit. Plus, with BCU’s small class sizes, individualized attention and plenty of social activities, you’ll find a sense of belonging.

At Briar Cliff, we offer academic programs in both a face-to-face or online format — so you’ll have the flexibility to finish your degree in a fashion that fits your lifestyle, career goals and budget. We offer more than 30 academic majors, a nearly endless selection of multidisciplinary majors, and online degree programs in accounting, business administration, nursing (RN-BSN), operations management and social work. Plus, our generous transfer credit policy paves the way for a seamless transition back to school. So what are you waiting for? Chase your dream. Here. Now.

You can learn a lot about life — and yourself — by helping others. That’s why Briar Cliff students annually commit thousands of hours to bettering their community through service projects, volunteerism and hands-on internships. Rooted in our Catholic Franciscan heritage, Briar Cliff students grow both in selfawareness and in their relationships to others and to God.

The Briar Cliff Experience At Briar Cliff it’s all about you. Education is about more than academics, which is why at BCU we focus on the whole student

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Invest in the Future A Briar Cliff education is an investment in a successful future. And at Briar Cliff, success is affordable. Schedule a visit today. Learn more at briarcliff.edu.

Admissions Checklist for Transfer Students

1. Visit briarcliff.edu/apply and fill out an application. 2. Mail or fax high school transcripts and test scores to Briar Cliff. 3. Mail or fax college transcripts from every institution attended. 4. Schedule a visit to check out Briar Cliff’s campus. 5. Complete an online housing application (if you plan to live on campus). 6. Submit a $150 enrollment deposit. 7. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Briar Cliff’s FAFSA code: 001846 8. Accept, sign and return the financial award letter, which is mailed once Briar Cliff receives your FAFSA info. 9. Meet with an advisor to sign up for classes. 10. Attend a transfer orientation session.

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TransferTimes.com : Fall 2015 : Transfer Times Iowa Edition : TRANSFER TIMES

How to Prep for Your Transfer Like any student, you have many important questions that need to be answered before you apply to a four-year school, such as: time to complete your bachelor’s degree, the number of credits that will transfer, and the cost of attending the college. You also want to make sure that your transfer destination will fit your lifestyle and overall career goals. To help your decision making process, here are five quick tips for how to best prep for transferring from a two year school to a four year school.

1. Ask for advice. If you haven’t done so already, seek out your advisors, professors, faculty members, and professionals in your desired field of study. Ask questions about their education and professional life, so you can understand what a career might be like. Reach out to family and friends to ask if they know of contacts who may be of help. Don’t be afraid to contact someone you don’t know. Many people love to give advice and answer questions about themselves!

2. Start your research early. Do you have any dream schools that you want to attend? Be sure to look at the school’s overall requirements AND those of a specific academic program. Specific programs, such as business, engineering or sciences, may have higher GPA requirements than the overall school. Advance research within specific majors at a potential transfer school can help focus your coursework and provide motivation to earn good grades. Look at tuition and fees, net price calculators, scholarship opportunities, and financial aid to assess the overall cost.

3. Connect with potential transfer schools early on.

5. Take the right courses the first two years.

Go to their website, social media accounts, join their email / mailing list, contact admissions, and even schedule a campus visit.

Paying careful attention to your class schedule is beneficial to receiving the most transfer credit at a four year institution. Look at prerequisites at your target four year schools, check out state transfer information systems for credit transfer, and ask your advisors for specific advice on which classes to take.

According to Jonathan Feld, Director at Milwaukee Area Technical College, “It’s ideal for students to connect with four-year schools as early as possible, so they know in advance what’s needed.” The more research you do early on, the better prepared you will be to meet key application deadlines and be on your way to a smooth transfer.

4. Meet with your academic advisor. Whether you have a major or not, your academic advisor can help make sure you are taking classes that will likely fulfill general education requirements. They can also give you suggestions on how to choose a major and will be able to direct you to other campus resources specific to your needs and goals. Advisors are there to help, so be sure to meet with them to guide your studies. Be sure to take advantage of the many resources available, including information on tutoring, study skills, articulation/transfer agreements, and even transfer scholarships.

It’s ideal for students to connect with fouryear schools as early as possible, so they know in advance what’s needed. – Jonathan Feld, Director at Milwaukee Area Technical College

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TransferTimes.com : Fall 2015 : Transfer Times Iowa Edition : UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

Iowa Delivers Convenience, Connections, and Career Opportunities Online and on-campus options meet any transfer need Every year, the University of Iowa welcomes about 2,000 transfer students looking to earn undergraduate degrees, whether they’re seeking an on-campus experience or a flexible online option that delivers the same brand-name cachet. Iowa’s recently retooled Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree, for example, is designed for working adults balancing professional growth and busy lives. Its emphasis on career and leadership skills responds to feedback from both students and employers.

It advances the university’s goal of delivering top-tier programs to students wherever they live, whatever their circumstances. “We want to help students gain a competitive edge and businesses develop their employees,” says Lon Moeller, UI associate provost for undergraduate education. “This program is broad enough to meet different interests and needs, but also focused on success in the workplace.” The program can be completed entirely online or through a mix of online and on-site courses. Either way, it offers access to faculty mentors, connections to other students, and the resources of a major, established university.

The university also has introduced programs to support on-campus transfer students, including a website (transfer.uiowa.edu) stocked with success tips and a residence-hall-based living-learning community especially for transfer students. Iowa’s programs recognize that different students take different paths through their education, influenced by individual circumstances and goals.

“We’re committed to giving students in communities across the state the same kind of opportunities that students get here on campus,” Moeller says.

It’s intended for students who previously started college—earning either an associate’s degree from a community college, or at least 24 hours of graded credit at other institutions—and now want to complete their degrees.

Discover all the options at distance.uiowa.edu.

Iowa also offers a Bachelor of Applied Studies program expressly for community college grads, an online Bachelor of Business Administration degree, and online undergraduate programs in social work and nursing. Flexible graduate programs provide additional training in these and other fields.

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TransferTimes.com : Fall 2015 : Transfer Times Iowa Edition : GRACELAND UNIVERSITY

Graceland University Has What You Need To Be Successful At Graceland University, our passion is your success. From the moment you decide to complete your college degree at Graceland, we make your success our top priority. Success as a student. Success as a graduate. We are with you all the way. Our goal is to help you achieve your goals. We know time and money are important so we help you customize your class schedule and transfer all credits possible. Graceland’s academic excellence and personal attention will help you reach your potential. Graceland’s course offerings prepare you to land your dream job or gain admittance to the graduate school of your choice. More than 50 academic majors and programs are available, including premier offerings in the visual and performing arts, award winning education, nursing, and business programs. Our Theatre and Film program allows you to explore performance multi-media with professors who are passionate about your creativity. You will enjoy a 15:1 student-teacher ratio and one-on-one experiences with full professors. Graceland offers personal attention to help you BE who you want to be. The Shaw Center, Graceland’s beautiful new performing arts center, is one of the great cultural venues in the Midwest. A new acoustically perfect recital hall and state-of-the-art black box theatre make the Shaw Center a dream come true for students. The Resch

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Science and Technology Hall offers industry-standard equipment and the best labs in the region. A stunning new student fitness/ wellness center is available to keep you fit. In all, $20 million of construction has taken place at Graceland in the last few years. At Graceland, we will quickly help you complete a degree audit and graduation plan. We know it’s important to you to finish college as quickly and successfully as possible. Our academic advisors will do all they can to help you make that happen.

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At Graceland, we understand what you need to succeed both in college and in your career. That is why we have dedicated our resources to meeting your needs, and making your transition a smooth process.

Transfer students ask the question, “Can I afford a private university education?” It is amazing how much financial aid is available. We enjoy helping students learn what is available and how to obtain it. Graceland offers generous academic scholarships and performance grants in visual and performing arts and athletics. Iowa transfer students often don’t realize they may qualify for the significant Iowa Tuition Grant. Funds are available if you are a Phi Theta Kappa member. If you have a 3.75 GPA and are accepted into the Graceland Honors Program, you receive an additional scholarship, and we offer unique grant opportunities that every student should investigate.

• A dedicated transfer admissions specialist • Financial aid advisors who understand your unique needs • Programs for the serious student • A low 15:1 student to faculty ratio • More than 50 academic majors and programs • Counselors who specialize in academic and career issues

Lamoni, Iowa is located on I-35 just one hour south of Des Moines and two hours north of Kansas City. We offer you small-town living at its best. Students tell us that the peace and quiet allow them to focus like never before.

If you are ready to make that very important degreecompletion choice, it is time for you to call Graceland University at 866.GRACELAND, or visit www.graceland.edu.

For more information, contact: Larry Johnson

Graceland University – Our Passion is Your Success.

Office of Admissions | 1 University Place | Lamoni, IA 50140

Transfer Coordinator

1 University Place, Lamoni, IA 50140

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TransferTimes.com : Fall 2015 : Transfer Times Iowa Edition : UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY

Upper Iowa University Offers Choices for an Affordable Education

Featuring a picture-perfect, traditionrich campus serving approximately 1,000 students in northeast Iowa, Upper Iowa University is a global institution—more than 6,000 students strong—with online and self-paced programs. In addition to its Fayette Campus, UIU has 25 U.S. locations, as well as locations in Asia. An innovative university, Upper Iowa offers courses in eight-week terms so that most students can focus on mastering only two courses each term and still graduate

on time. The variety of UIU learning options gives students the ability to fit college into their already busy schedules. Students can study on the traditional, residential Fayette campus. Students also can take their courses face-to-face at one of the adult-learner-focused educational centers or earn their degree completely online or through the self-paced program. More than 50 percent of UIU students take at least one online course, accelerating completion of their degree. All UIU courses meet the same high academic standards, so students don’t waste time taking a course that “doesn’t count.” Upper Iowa University understands the need of transfer students to bring in as many credits as possible and to complete their four-year degree as soon as possible. Generous UIU transfer policies allow students from two-year colleges to transfer up to 78 college credits and students from four-year colleges to transfer up to 90 college credits.

military, law enforcement or fire science training. Credit can also be given for tests such as CLEP, DSST, Excelsior College and/or ACT-PEP examinations. To help make achieving a degree even more affordable, UIU offers renewable merit and needbased scholarships to transfer students. In addition, all military financial aid can be applied to UIU along with a tuition discount. Another way to save costs and time is to maximize your credit transfer or to have someone else help pay the bills. Check with your current college to determine if there is an articulation agreement with Upper Iowa. UIU has more than 80 agreements with individual institutions that ensure a smooth transition of your previously earned college credits. UIU also offers some 40 corporate advantage programs that offer reduced tuition to these companies’ employees and their families, including dependents up to age 26. If you are currently employed, you will also want to check with your employer to see if the company offers a tuition reimbursement program.

Students can talk to their advisor about compiling an experiential learning profile, which might contribute to college credits. Officially recognized as a militaryfriendly institution, UIU also accepts credits from

UIU is committed to changing lives, one student at a time. Go to www.uiu.edu to learn more.

UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY • Programs that fit your busy life – classroom, online and self-paced degrees • Regionally accredited, non-profit, private university • Classes start every 8 weeks, year-round • Easy transfer of up to 90 college credits BACHELOR’S DEGREES

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TransferTimes.com : Fall 2015 : Transfer Times Iowa Edition : BUENA VISTA UNIVERSITY

Professor Insights from Industry Prepare BVU Students for Success

BVU graduates are in demand.

There are many reasons students decide to advance their education. Some are looking for a promotion, a raise, to finish what they started, or to be a good role mode. Whatever your reason may be, you can take action toward your goal at Buena Vista University.

16 locations across Iowa & online

With 16 sites across Iowa and online, BVU Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) provides an affordable, quality, and accredited education to students seeking a bachelor’s degree, teaching endorsement, certification, and/or master’s degree in a variety of disciplines including business, education, psychology, human service, criminal justice, and more. Whether students are transitioning from work or school, BVU makes the process smooth and efficient. In fact, one hundred percent of Associates of Art degree credits from our community college partners transfer to BVU.

Working side-by-side with experienced instructors, BVU students put theory into action and as a result, secure coveted positions in Iowa and across the country. Visit BVU.EDU/GPS to learn more about our convenient, affordable degree-completion and graduate programs for working adults.

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Our professional & academic advisors have years of experience coaching students — JUST LIKE YOU — on how to weave classes into your busy schedule.

Best Value. “The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal.” – U.S. News & World Report

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“I watched a student of mine shake hands with President Fred Moore, walk across the stage to accept her diploma, hug her favorite professor, and light up with excitement knowing she had completed her degree. Earning her degree wasn’t always easy for her; I was there for encouragement, schedule changes, and the flexibility she needed in order to accomplish her goals,” said Bailey Wrenn, education coordinator/advisor.

In addition to efficient credit transfers, BVU makes obtaining a bachelor’s degree possible by working around students’ busy schedules. Online, face-to-face, or blended course formats are available. BVU Denison education major Sierra BeBout said, “BVU has made it very convenient for me to get a bachelor’s degree because the non-traditional times and settings fit into my busy schedule. BVU allows me to have a part-time job, spend time with my six kids, and still get my degree! This program has truly changed my life and my family’s life for the better.”

With flexibility and convenience on their side, BVU students are immersed in coursework relevant to jobs that are in demand. At BVU, students can choose from nearly two dozen majors as well as certificates, five endorsements, and four master’s degree tracks in education. The diverse menu of degree programs continues to evolve to meet the demands of the regional marketplace. This personal attention and support extends into the classroom – on-site and online. Instructors with real field experience lead a curriculum filled with practical lessons students can use tomorrow. “My insight prepares students for success. I’ve been both the employee and boss, and I pull those experiences into classroom discussion,” said Ken Kahl, BVU instructor and manager at Crawford County Abstract, LLC. BVU is fully-accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and provides students with a quality, affordable education. With state and federal grant aid availability, for those who qualify, nearly the full cost of full-time enrollment can be paid for with free money. The investment in education pays off, according to multiple, national studies, because those with a bachelor’s degree tend to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars more over a career.

Life can be demanding.

Work, family, and other obligations are important, but educational goals are important, too. We’re ready when you are.

Contact professional@bvu.edu for more information.

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