Ivy Tech, IUPUC Partner to Offer Affordable Pathway to Bachelor’s Degree

Ivy Tech Community College and IUPUC have partnered to offer students a more affordable pathway to a bachelor’s degree.

Effective this fall, Ivy Tech graduates who have earned an associate degree are guaranteed admission, based on select provisions, into IUPUC’s biology, criminal justice, or psychology programs via a Guaranteed Admission Agreement.

Aligning current best practices and the state’s established initiatives, the Guaranteed Admission Agreement spells out necessary coursework toward degree requirements at both institutions. Admission also comes with an application fee waiver.

“Ivy Tech provides the most affordable college education in the state and prepares students for rewarding, high-demand careers or transferring to earn their bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Steven Combs, chancellor of the Ivy Tech Columbus campus. “By collaborating with IUPUC, we can now offer our community a seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree that makes sense financially and provides top-quality learning experiences from the excellent faculty at both Ivy Tech and IUPUC.”

This guaranteed admission eliminates any loss of credits while minimizing cost to students and ensuring they are able to complete their bachelor’s degrees on time.

“IUPUC and Ivy Tech Columbus have a long history of collaboration and this new pathway will provide many students with increased opportunities to seamlessly expand their education in a familiar environment,” said Dr. Reinhold Hill, Vice Chancellor and Dean at IUPUC.

For eligibility, students must enroll at Ivy Tech Community College and complete all course work for the Associate of Science degree and the Statewide Transfer General Education Core requirements, earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher, and meet any other eligibility requirements for their specific program.

“Students will have the advantage of earning an associate degree that prepares them for a career and to continue their education toward a bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Jackie Fischer, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Ivy Tech Columbus. “The small class sizes, accessibility of our experienced instructors, and student support system will help ensure students are successful in completing their Ivy Tech associate degree and ready to transfer to earn their bachelor’s degree at IUPUC.”

Once students transfer to IUPUC, they will be awarded no less than 60 semester hours of transfer credit toward their bachelor’s degree and will be required to complete an additional 60 credit hours or more at IUPUC to complete the degree. Students must also meet IUPUC’s minimum grade requirements for specific courses and program requirement grade point averages.

“This type of program exemplifies the spirit of the Airpark Columbus Campus and we look forward to welcoming Ivy Tech students into the Crimson Pride family,” said Dr. Lori Montalbano, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs. “It’s great that we can provide a specific roadmap for students to earn a bachelor’s degree after they have completed their studies at Ivy Tech.”

Ivy Tech students who want to take advantage of this opportunity can work with their Ivy Tech academic advisors to confirm that their academic plan meets all the requirements.

Students can further maximize savings on their degree by taking advantage of scholarship and grant opportunities at both institutions, which is critical to Hoosiers now more than ever during the COVID-19 crisis.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.