Island University Earns Spot on Transfer Honor Roll for Second Year in Row

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Through dedication to student success and new partnerships, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has earned a spot on the 2022 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Transfer Honor Roll for the second year in a row. This honor recognizes four-year colleges and universities that have developed dynamic transfer pathways that lead to student success among college transfers.

Loida González Utley, TAMU-CC Assistant Director of Transfer Recruitment, says one thing A&M-Corpus Christi continues to focus on are the ever-changing needs of the transfer student population.

 “As the economy changes, as the world changes, so do the needs of our incoming students,” González Utley said. “At the Island University, we remain consistently innovative in our approach to the transfer process. Our dedication to transfer students is demonstrated through our commitment to a transparent and seamless transition.”

The PTK Honor Roll, which lists 150 colleges from across the nation, is determined following each college’s use of PTK Connect – an online tool where universities create a transfer profile for students to find their best fit, including admissions practices, campus life, scholarship opportunities, and more. The colleges ranked in the top 25% are then named on the Transfer Honor Roll.

The Island University is the only university in the Texas A&M University System – and the only public university south of the Dallas/Fort Worth area – to receive the honor.

“At the Island University, we remain diligent in our efforts to create both new and clear pathways for transfer student success,” said Dr. Kelly M. Miller, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “We are honored to have once more earned our spot on the PTK Transfer Honor Roll as we develop new opportunities for our Islander students to follow their passions, complete their degrees, and ultimately find rewarding careers.” 

Biomedical science major Jeremy Loera ’23 says the move from South Plains College in Levelland to the Island University was the best choice to secure his dream of pursuing a career as a physician’s assistant.

“From day one, I instantly felt like part of the Islander family,” Loera said. “Here I have been able to learn so much in the classroom and from being a part of student organizations like Phi Theta Kappa that offered me guidance and resources along the way to be successful.”

Mimi Guthrey ’24, a nursing major, says her transfer experience from Lone Star College to A&M-Corpus Christi was seamless.

“The transfer team was incredibly patient and understanding,” said Guthrey. “Transferring from a two-year to four-year institution was one of the best decisions I made. TAMU-CC has a wonderful nursing program with strong ties in the medical field and has helped me pursue my passion. I have every resource I need to be a successful and competitive nursing student.”

The Island University recently established transfer partnership agreements with multiple two-year institutions. They include Alamo College, Coastal Bend College, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lone Star College, and San Jacinto College. According to the TAMU-CC Division of Enrollment Management, they will also re-sign with longtime community partner Del Mar College.

“In the world of college education, quality service to students is above all,” said Dr. Andy Benoit, TAMU-CC Vice President for Enrollment Management. “That’s why we plan to continue these partnerships and expand our Islander Impact to students and institutions beyond the Coastal Bend.”

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