East Stroudsburg University and Raritan Valley Community College Sign STEM Dual Admission Agreement
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, N.J., have signed a STEM dual admission agreement for the following majors: chemistry, mathematics and physics.
“This collaboration between our institutions will help to create a seamless transfer of credits for students who are coming to ESU from Raritan Valley with an associates degree to continue their education in STEM fields,” said Joanne Bruno, J.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs at ESU. STEM fields of study include science, technology, engineering and math.
“In the past 10 years, there has been an explosion in the number of students studying science and related fields at Raritan Valley Community College. Since 2007, the number of students enrolled in STEM programs has increased more than 250 percent, and the number of STEM degrees awarded has increased 500 percent. The new transfer agreement with East Stroudsburg University is welcome news for our STEM majors, offering them an opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a highly respected university that is close to home,” said RVCC President Michael J. McDonough.
Raritan Valley Community College students will be required to complete a dual admissions intent form with their application to ESU for consideration. Students must graduate from Raritan Valley with an associates degree in chemistry, mathematics or physics. A full-time student who has completed the appropriate associates degree program at Raritan Valley Community College may be able to complete a bachelor’s degree at ESU within four regular semesters.
To assist students who wish to transfer from community college to finish their degrees in STEM fields, ESU offers the Clear Path Scholarship. Funded by a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation – the largest single grant ever awarded to ESU – Clear Path provides up to $10,000 a year for about 120 students who start their education at community colleges and transfer to ESU for bachelor’s degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemical biotechnology, environmental science, marine science, physics, computer science, computer security and mathematics.
ESU has established several dual admission agreements designed to ensure seamless enrollment from an associates degree program at a partnered community college into a parallel bachelor’s degree program at East Stroudsburg University. Raritan Valley Community College joins Brookdale Community College, Bucks County Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Luzerne County Community College, Northampton Community College and Montgomery County Community College as partner schools of this program. For more information on transferring to ESU contact the office of admissions at 570-422-3110.