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Susquehanna University & Penn Highlands Partner To Create Academic Pathway

Posted September 7, 2021 at 2:49 pm

Susquehanna University and Pennsylvania Highlands Community College have partnered to make it easier for western Pennsylvania students to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree. Jonathan Green, Susquehanna University President, and Dr. Steve Nunez, Penn Highlands Community College President, signed a transfer agreement that will offer Penn Highlands graduates guaranteed admission to Susquehanna University.

“There are few, if any, investments that have a greater impact on our nation and our economy than providing an affordable pathway to higher education for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds, and Susquehanna University has been identified among the top 10% of higher education institutions for return on investment,” stated Jonathan Green, Susquehanna University President. “We are proud to provide our students with a high-quality, transformative education and look forward to ensuring a seamless transition for Penn Highlands’ graduates to complete their bachelor’s degree in preparation for a successful future.”

Students at Penn Highlands who submit a letter of intent to attend Susquehanna University prior to completing 30 transferable credit hours will have the following benefits:

  • Guaranteed admission into a bachelor’s degree program with third-year (junior) status at Susquehanna University upon completion of an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree.
  • Eligibility for an academic scholarship from Susquehanna University of up to $31,000 per year based on their grade point average at Penn Highlands during the application phase.
  • Eligibility for an additional $5,000 scholarship from Susquehanna University per year if students are members of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

“The mission of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is to provide the students of western Pennsylvania with cost-effective and favorable opportunities. This collaboration with Susquehanna University paves the way for our students to have a positive experience and achieve success through the transfer of credits,” stated Dr. Steve Nunez, Penn Highlands Community College President. “Students will receive a top-notch education from two great institutions through this agreement. It is a win for Penn Highlands Community College, Susquehanna University, and the communities that we serve.”

Susquehanna University and Pennsylvania Highlands Community College are excited for this partnership to take effect immediately and transform the lives of many.

About Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has served over 60,000 community members throughout the Laurel Highlands and Southern Alleghenies regions of Pennsylvania and beyond. Offering more than 35 degree, certificate, and diploma programs, in both in-person and online formats, our diverse offerings and experienced faculty provide a world-class education. Penn Highlands boasts the highest graduation rate of all community colleges in Pennsylvania. For more information, call 1.888.385.PEAK or visit www.pennhighlands.edu.

About Susquehanna University
Susquehanna, a liberal arts university, focuses on intellectual development, global competence, and career success. Susquehanna offers a nationally recognized study-abroad program and more than 100 majors and minors in business, humanities, arts and sciences. Students develop critical thinking, writing, teamwork, and communication skills which, combined with internships and research opportunities, prepare them for a lifetime of personal and professional success. Small classes enable faculty members to serve as mentors, as well as teachers. Ninety-six percent of Susquehanna students are employed or in graduate or professional school within six months of graduation.