Polk State College Partners with the University of Central Florida to Offer UCF Transfer Connect to Students
Polk State College and the University of Central Florida (“UCF”) are pleased to announce an exciting partnership between the two schools for students seeking admission to UCF Online undergraduate and graduate programs. Transfer Connect offers Polk State College students an opportunity to engage with UCF Online Student Success Coaches who will help students transfer into one of UCF’s fully online bachelor programs without having to travel to Orlando. Further, with articulated 2+2+2 pathways, an online master's degree is also achievable.
The agreement will be formalized at a ceremony on Friday, August 18 at 12:30 p.m. at the Polk Sate Lakeland campus, room LTB 1124. Members of the media and community are invited to attend.
Through this innovative program, students can declare their intention to transfer into UCF Online while still pursuing their associate’s degree. With the guidance of an UCF Online Student Success Coach, students will create a plan that ensures a seamless transition into a university program. The partnership also includes reduced fees and in some cases, waived fees, as well as student success coaching, marketing, and much more.
“Entering into this agreement with the University of Central Florida provides our students with significant access and opportunity,” said Dr. Donald Painter, Polk State College interim vice president of academic affairs. “It allows students to earn a degree from a state university without traveling from home and at a reduced cost. It also connects them to success coaches who will ensure they get and stay on a path to achieve their goals.”
“UCF has been at the forefront of distance learning for more than two decades, helping students obtain a high-quality and affordable online education. This partnership expands access and creates a new avenue for Polk State College graduates to become UCF Knights,” UCF Provost and Executive Vice President Dale Whittaker said.
Located in Winter Haven, FL and established in 1964, Polk State College is a multi-campus institution serving over 15,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, as well as a wide range of certificate and workforce training options. The College also operates three charter high schools. Polk State’s advantages include small class sizes; hands-on learning; dedicated faculty; day and night classes; online options; affordable tuition; excellent financial aid; and a diverse community and vibrant student life, including fine arts opportunities, clubs, and intercollegiate athletics.
The University of Central Florida, one of the largest universities in the nation with more than 64,000 students, uses the power of scale and the pursuit of excellence to make a better future for our students and society. Described by The Washington Post as demolishing “the popular belief that exclusivity is a virtue in higher education” and credited by Politico with creating a “seamless pipeline of social mobility,” UCF is recognized as one of the best values in higher education. UCF aligns its teaching, research and service with the needs of the community and beyond, offering more than 200 degree programs at more than a dozen locations, including its main campus in Orlando. Faculty and students are creating innovations in areas as diverse as simulation and training, optics and lasers, hospitality management, video game design, business, education and health care to solve local and global problems. For more information, visit www.ucf.eduwww.ucf.edu.
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