Elizabethtown, Reading community college to offer dual-admission program
Starting in the fall, Elizabethtown College and Reading Area Community College will offer a dual-admission program that will allow Reading Area students to transfer their credits toward a bachelor's degree from Elizabethtown.
Under the agreement, Reading Area students may apply for admission as early as their senior year of high school, but no later than the completion of 30 college-level credits in a transfer program offered through the community college, known as RACC.
In accordance with the Elizabethtown College policy concerning transfer applicants, up to 64 credits of college course work will be accepted in transfer.
Elizabethtown approached RACC in January about partnering on a dual admissions agreement, said David Hessen, director of marketing and communication at RACC.
As part of their strategic enrollment initiatives, both RACC and Elizabethtown are working to create pathways from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree.
Students accepted under the dual admission agreement also qualify to enroll in courses at Elizabethtown that are not offered at RACC, but are required for completion of the Elizabethtown College bachelor’s degree. Tuition charges for up to two of these courses will be waived.
Each institution will designate a representative who will coordinate the dual admission program between the two institutions, and students will be provided with financial aid information for both institutions.
Through Elizabethtown’s membership in the American Talent Initiative, a collaboration of colleges working to expand access and opportunity for highly talented, lower-income students, Elizabethtown has committed to engage in robust outreach to low- and moderate-income students. As part of the talent initiative, Elizabethtown intends to increase the number of transfer students from community colleges, said Betty Rider, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at the college.
Rider also noted that Elizabethtown has a partnership with Harrisburg Area Community College and that other similar partnerships are in the works.
"Our goal is to quadruple the number of community college students who complete bachelor’s degree from Elizabethtown College," she said. "This should make Elizabethtown College an attractive and affordable way to complete a bachelor’s degree."
In the 2017-2018 academic year, more than 20 percent of students enrolled at Elizabethtown were Pell Grant recipients, with more than 90 percent of all students receiving grants and scholarships from Elizabethtown College, totaling more than $39 million. On average, the most recently admitted student group saw their total Elizabethtown grant and scholarships reduce their tuition expense by nearly 60 percent. Tuition for commuters is $46,940 and $58,310 for a resident including a room and meal plan.