Thomas Nelson students trek across the Hampton campus courtyard.
Students who apply to Old Dominion University, but may not be ready to begin there, can now reap the benefits of a new partnership guaranteeing their future transfer.
ODU President John R. Broderick signed a guaranteed transfer partnership agreement Sept. 13 with the presidents of the Eastern Shore, Paul D. Camp, Thomas Nelson and Tidewater community colleges to further expand their collaboration.
Jane Dané, ODU’s associate vice president for enrollment management, said the university is a natural next step for anyone starting at one of the region’s community colleges.
The new pathway enables students to earn both an associate degree and four-year degree while working with specialized ODU and community college advisers before starting at ODU. They would not be required to apply to ODU a second time.
Dané said while some of the students will stay and earn their associate degree at the community college, others may want to transfer sooner.
“During that time a student is working toward their transition to Old Dominion, but we will remain connected with them through the Mobility Pass program,” Dané said.
ODU has four transfer advising centers in the region: Norfolk’s main campus and at the higher education centers in Hampton, Virginia Beach and Portsmouth.
“Another major benefit of this program is to follow students who may not have earned the associate’s degree and help them do what’s known as a reverse transfer,” she said.
Their ODU credits can be transferred back to the two-year school in order to earn the associate degree while enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program.