SNHU and Great Bay make a Degree more Accessible and Affordable

Wednesday, August 26, 2009
SNHU Communications Office

Two Schools Aim to Make a Degree Accessible and Affordable
Published Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Business NH Magazine

Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth and Southern New Hampshire University, based out of Manchester,  have developed an academic articulation agreement that allows students who have completed an Associate Degree program at Great Bay Community College to automatically matriculate to SNHU to complete their bachelor's degree. Participation in this dual admission agreement can take place at the time of the student's acceptance to Great Bay or any time prior to graduation from Great Bay. The program will be available to students starting a program at Great Bay beginning this Fall. Classes start on August 31.

"This partnership represents another successful collaboration between colleges that makes earning a degree for students more accessible and affordable," said Diane Chin, dean of academic affairs for Great Bay. "The agreement is unique in that course transfer is not restricted to specific programs either from Great Bay or to SNHU. All courses transfer directly from a program into a program. All academic course work in which a student has earned a 2.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) or grade of C or higher in individual courses is fully transferable from Great Bay."

Chin also said students must enroll at SNHU within one year of completing their program at Great Bay. "Ultimately, taking upwards of 60 community college credits significantly defrays the overall cost of a private institution and offers a seamless pathway to a bachelor's degree."

In addition to the long-term cost savings on tuition that the program affords, students also benefit from a waiver of their application fees to SNHU. Dual admission also allows prospective SNHU students to secure the curriculum requirements of the academic year in which they are accepted and SNHU Advisors meet with students enrolled in the program at regular intervals to advise on course selection and provide program information.

As an added benefit, students who enroll as a full-time resident student at SNHU with an overall CGPA of 3.0-3.49 or higher from Great Bay will receive a $5000 academic scholarship. Students with a CGPA of 3.5-4.0 will receive a $6000 scholarship. These scholarships are for the academic year and renewable if the student receives a CGPA of at least 3.0 at SNHU.

"We have always worked very closely with our community colleges and we are delighted to strengthen our ties with Great Bay," said SNHU President Paul LeBlanc. "We also know that students often face financial challenges, and we are committing to a substantial scholarship program that rewards academic performance and eases the financial burden on students."

Great Bay Community College recently merged its Stratham and Portsmouth locations to one campus, located in Portsmouth at the Pease International Tradeport. Students transferring from Great Bay may enroll at SNHU in the full-time, day program in Manchester, online or through any of its continuing education centers, which offer evening, weekends and online courses at campuses in Portsmouth, Manchester, Nashua, Salem, NH and Brunswick, ME.

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