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Collin College Partners with Tarleton State University

Feb. 28, 2017 - Collin College recently forged a partnership with Tarleton State University. Now, Collin College students have access to an enhanced transfer pathway, easing the transition from Collin College to Tarleton.

“This partnership is a great example of how colleges and universities can work collaboratively to help students succeed,” said Collin College Executive Vice President Dr. Brenda Kihl. “Tarleton State University is extending a tremendous opportunity to Collin College students through this partnership. Guaranteed admission and detailed 2+2 degree plans will help guide students to complete both an associate degree and bachelor’s degree without losing credit.”

As part of the partnership, Tarleton guarantees admission for Collin College students with 30 or more semester hours of transferrable college credit and a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students with less than 30 transferrable hours must have a GPA of 2.8 or better, and those with less than 11 hours must meet Tarleton’s first-time freshman admission requirements.

The partnership also includes a “reverse transfer” process that allows Collin College students to complete their associate degree while working on a bachelor’s degree at Tarleton.

“This partnership expands a long and successful relationship between the two institutions,” said Tarleton Provost Dr. Karen Murray. “Anything we can do to make it easier for students to continue and complete their education is a priority for us. Access to a high-quality, affordable four-year degree program should be available to anyone with the desire to pursue it, and our collaboration with Collin College provides that opportunity for many North Texas students.”

Representatives from Tarleton will visit Collin College regularly to provide academic advising and workshops for students, and students enrolled at Collin College are encouraged to visit Tarleton’s Stephenville campus and the university’s Fort Worth location as well as explore online Global Campus learning opportunities.

“We want to provide Collin College students with a Tarleton experience even before they start their studies with us,” Murray said.

Administrators from both institutions began meeting in 2016 to discuss the partnership and “craft an agreement that truly benefits the students of Collin College,” explained Dr. Anthony Edwards, director of Tarleton’s Global Campus and a key player in creating the partnership.

“This strengthened relationship is part of Tarleton’s effort to increase the scope of our partnerships with community colleges in North Texas, and provide more opportunities for students at two-year schools to transition to a four-year university of Tarleton’s caliber.”

Collin College serves more than 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. The only public college in Collin County, the school is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,100 additional students each year.

Tarleton, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.