Rowan University, Community College of Philadelphia announce partnership expanding access to 4-year degrees

Offers reduced cost of attendance to in-state rates, access to research opportunities

A new program-to-program transfer partnership for eligible Community College of Philadelphia graduates is now available through an agreement between Rowan University and the Community College of Philadelphia.

To qualify, students must complete an associate degree in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, or other approved majors, and earn admittance into Rowan’s corresponding majors.

Rowan President Dr. Ali Houshmand noted that the partnership expands a history of supporting students moving from community colleges in the region to the Glassboro-based university.

Ali Houshmand. (File photo)

“Community College of Philadelphia has very high standards, so we know that their students will succeed at Rowan,” Houshmand said. “We have created a variety of pathways for community college graduates to continue on and attain an affordable four-year degree.”

Graduates of these specific associate degree programs transfer with advanced standing in a specific bachelor’s degree program at the transfer college. Participating degree programs for the partnership with Rowan University include biology and biological sciences, Black studies, chemistry, computer science, construction management, mathematics and sound recording and music technology.

“The College is excited to partner with Rowan University to ensure that our graduates can seamlessly and affordably complete their undergraduate degree,” President Dr. Donald “Guy” Generals said. “Not only is Rowan a nationally ranked public research institution, but it has a great reputation for preparing students for the workforce. The latter is more important now than ever.”

Eligible students will receive scholarships to reduce their cost of attendance to in-state rates. Many of the graduates are active in the Greater Philadelphia Regional Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, a national organization that encourages students from underrepresented groups to pursue degrees in the STEM fields.  Launched in 1994, the Greater Philadelphia Regional LSAMP includes Cheyney, Lincoln and Delaware State universities, which represent Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as Community College of Philadelphia, Rowan University, University of Delaware, Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.

Eligible students will also be able to access Rowan LSAMP and STEM programming while still attending the College, as well as be considered for entry to Rowan’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs.