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Reading Area Community College graduates can now transfer to Alvernia University

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Aug-19 21:46 first published at 21:46 PM


Aug. 18— Alvernia University and Reading Area Community College have expanded an agreement that allows RACC graduates to continue their education at Alvernia. This week, the two Berks County schools announced an expanded dual admissions transfer agreement. The agreement allows RACC associate degree graduates to enroll in one of Alvernia’s baccalaureate degree programs. RACC president Dr. Susan Looney said in a statement announcing the agreement, “RACC is committed to creating academic partnerships, particularly in Berks County, that encourage students to complete their associate degree before transferring to a four-year institution.” “Our graduates are highly valued by our college and university partners, and we are thrilled that President (John) Loyack and Alvernia have committed to a smooth transition to their bachelor’s degree programs.” At Alvernia, the student will be granted junior status and will be able to complete a bachelor’s degree in two years. Alvernia will also provide students with annual academic scholarships of up to $21,000 for traditional students and $2,000 for accelerated adult bachelor programs. “We look forward to working with our downtown Reading neighbor RACC as a university that is deeply committed to transforming the lives of our students and ensuring we have a high quality workforce,” Loyack said in a statement. “Not only will this agreement provide students with resources and financial assistance to transform their lives through training and value-based education at Alvernia, but it will also foster a natural pipeline of skilled graduates to businesses and organizations in greater Reading, Berks County, and eastern Pennsylvania.” Previously, RACC and Alvernia allowed transfers through the Reading Collegiate Scholars Program. This program, which began in 2019, provided full tuition at Alvernia to students who live in Reading, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and are enrolled full time. The program provided two scholarships in its first year and six last year. The program will remain operational. Visit alvernia.edu/admissions-aid/transfer-students/transfer-partnerships/transfer-partnership-racc-alvernia for more information on the expanded transfer agreement. Visit alvernia.edu/admissions-aid/scholarships/reading-collegiate-scholars/rcsp-scholarships-racc-transfers for more information on the Reading Collegiate Scholars Program.

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