Columbia College Chicago Signs Agreement with Waubonsee Community College

Holly Herrera (left), associate provost for Transfer Initiatives and Academic Partnerships at Columbia, and Diane Nyhammer (right), vice president of Educational Affairs at Waubonsee sign Guaranteed Transfer Agreement. Photo courtesy of Waubonsee Community College.
The new guaranteed transfer agreement, which also includes a renewable scholarship, will streamline the transfer process and allow students to focus on their coursework.

CHICAGO—March 8, 2019. Columbia College Chicago completed a guaranteed transfer agreement with Waubonsee Community College on March 6 in Sugar Grove, Ill. The agreement offers Waubonsee students guaranteed admission to more than 40 Bachelor of Arts degree programs at Columbia.

The agreement was signed by Holly Herrera, associate provost for Transfer Initiatives and Academic Partnerships at Columbia, and Diane Nyhammer, vice president of Educational Affairs at Waubonsee.

“The guaranteed admission partnership between Waubonsee Community College and Columbia College Chicago will allow students to focus on their coursework and not worry if they will be admitted to one of Columbia’s Bachelor of Arts programs when they apply to transfer,” said Herrera. “We look forward to welcoming more Waubonsee students to become part of Columbia’s vibrant community.”

According to the signed Memorandum of Understanding, “Waubonsee and Columbia agree to a cooperative relationship to better serve students and to facilitate the transfer process from Waubonsee to Columbia through a Guaranteed Transfer Admission Program.”

“We are excited about this opportunity for students at Waubonsee,” said Nyhammer. “This agreement will streamline the college transfer experience from the very beginning making it easier for students to reach their goals.”

Students who participate in this program will also receive a scholarship for their first year of enrollment at Columbia based on cumulative grade point average on all transferable courses taken at Waubonsee. This scholarship is renewable each year until the completion of 120 attempted credit hours or four years, whichever is reached first. This scholarship can be used in addition to other merit-based scholarships for which the student may be eligible.

Specific admission and academic requirements for this program are available at Columbia's Transfer information page and



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