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University-Bound Students Flock To Perks Of Pre-Admission Program At Collin College
    University-Bound Students Flock To Perks Of Pre-Admission Program At Collin College
    Demetra Caston

    Demetra Caston

    Demetra Caston’s dreams of attending graduate school and transforming her local community as a mental health professional took their first steps to fruition through the pre-admission partnerships at Collin College.

    Caston, a Collin College graduate who completed her family studies degree at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in May 2013 and recently started graduate school in counseling and development, agreed with most students who use the program. The perks of the partnerships ultimately led her down the pre-admissions path.

    “I was able to have conversations about my life goals and determine what would be the best fit for me,” Caston said.

    WHAT IS PRE-ADMISSIONS?

    When students apply for pre-admission, they have identified themselves as transferring to a particular university, enabling the transfer institution to assist students throughout their academic career at Collin College and better prepare them for their junior and senior years.

    Collin College pre-admission partners include Austin College, Baylor University, Dallas Baptist University (DBU), Southern Methodist University (SMU), Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University - Commerce, Texas Tech University, TWU, The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and the University of North Texas (UNT).

    “While all partnerships are classified as pre-admission, benefits are different at each institution,” said Dr. Colleen Smith, senior vice president of academic affairs and student development. “For instance, Austin College provides faculty mentors and SMU provides pre-admission advising, while UT Dallas locks in tuition rates for students.”

    Some universities, like UT Dallas, even offer concentration-specific benefits. Individuals interested in health or law careers can enroll in the Comet Connection at UT Dallas and gain the opportunity to meet with their respective advisors each semester along with access to the resource centers.

    THE ROAD TO REACHING GOALS

    With so many opportunities for students following their completion at Collin College, such as entering the workforce or continuing toward bachelor’s degrees, it is often difficult for students to process choices regarding their future. Fortunately, preadmission helps to ease that burden.

    One day while waiting for a class at the Preston Ridge Campus, Caston met Nikki Young, associate director of admissions at TWU.

    “She informed me of how seamless the pre-admissions program was and how TWU would help me achieve my goals,” Caston said.

    After enrolling in the TWU pre-admission partnership, Caston found visiting with university advisors, guaranteed admission upon completion of her associate degree, opportunities for scholarships and the peace of a smoother transition gave her confidence in her decision and future.

    Young, who has served as the TWU Bound liaison for the last six years, said she really enjoys working with Collin College students like Caston.

    “They are well prepared, and most of them set realistic timelines to achieve their academic goals,” Young said. “I love that I get to connect students with the various university departments that will assist in their transition.”

    Another former Collin College student, Kim Du Toit, took advantage of the pre-admission resources in his transfer to UNT and described the process as utterly seamless. He recalls Dr. Myra Hafer, the UNT partner representative, giving great advice.“The pre-admissions process was excellent,” Du Toit said. “It enabled me to navigate the maze of procedures involved in getting into a university, which I’d never experienced before.”

    Like Du Toit, Caston said she loved her time at Collin College and the great relationships formed through participating in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. After graduating in August 2011 with her Associate of Arts, Caston made her move to TWU where she specialized in family studies and earned admission to a master’s program. Down the road, Caston hopes to both work in the industry and return to school to obtain her doctoral degree.

    “I plan to specialize in marriage and family therapy,” Caston said. “It will allow me to provide services to both my local community and communities at large.”

    For more information about pre-admission partnerships at Collin College, visit http://transferu.collin.edu/ub.html.