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UIndy unveils Admissions Agreement with Ivy Tech to help students succeed, guarantee scholarships of at least $16,000 to qualified students

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The University of Indianapolis today announced the creation of a Guaranteed Admissions Agreement with Ivy Tech Community College to further reinforce the accessibility of a bachelor’s degree and lower barriers to a private school education—an education which continues to provide great outcomes for its graduates. The agreement should result in increased confidence for Ivy Tech students who often choose UIndy because of its smaller class sizes and personalized support which mirror what they are already familiar with at Ivy Tech.

The Guaranteed Admissions Agreement creates the Ivy Tech Distinguished Transfer Program, aligning with a primary recommendation from a study released this month from the Community College Research Center which found just 33% of community college students nationwide transfer to a four-year institution and only 48% of transfers earn a bachelor’s degree within six years of entering community college. Rates are even lower for subgroups like low-income, Black and Hispanic students.

“The data is out there and it’s alarming,” said Chris Plouff, executive vice president and provost for the University of Indianapolis. “There’s a huge difference in lifetime earnings and generational wealth potential between those who earn a bachelor’s degree and those who do not. We are proud that, by the numbers, Ivy Tech students who come to UIndy do as well or better than those who attend for four years.”

The Ivy Tech Distinguished Transfer Program guarantees admission to the University of Indianapolis and a merit scholarship award of at least $16,000 if they meet three conditions:

  • Graduate with an associate’s degree in an approved 2+2 transfer pathway or ‘Transfer-as-a-Junior’ pathway
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Enrolled as a full-time student at UIndy

The Guaranteed Admissions Agreement provides assurance to Ivy Tech students that earned credits and specific associate’s degrees will directly count toward their required coursework for a bachelor’s degree from the University of Indianapolis. There are 2+2 programs offered for more than a dozen programs including business, criminal justice, liberal arts and psychology.

“The University of Indianapolis has always been a transfer-friendly institution,” said Steve Schuetz, UIndy’s interim vice president for enrollment management. “This Guaranteed Admissions Agreement with Ivy Tech only reinforces that notion. I am proud to get this done so that we can attract more top community college students to our caring, supportive Greyhound community.”

Students who do not meet the GPA requirements of the Ivy Tech Distinguished Transfer Program are still eligible for admission and certain merit scholarships through the standard transfer process, including the 2+2 transfer pathway.

“If you are an Ivy Tech student who likes the size of their class and likes the amount of support they get from professors and staff, then you are going to love your experience at the University of Indianapolis,” said Ben Houston, UIndy assistant director of admissions. “I am really excited about this agreement because it strengthens the ties we already have with Ivy Tech and provides further support to its students as they look to achieve their highest potential.”

The transfer pathway and Guaranteed Admissions Agreement applies to both current and future Ivy Tech students. For more information or to check out the requirements, visit the 2+2 Transfer Pathway page.