Western Kentucky University and Vol State Sign New Dual Admissions Agreement

Submitted on February 14, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Students at Volunteer State Community College, who wish to enroll at Western Kentucky University after earning their associate degree, will be able to transfer with ease, thanks to a new dual admissions agreement between the two schools. Leaders from both WKU and Vol State signed the agreement on Thursday at Vol State's campus in Gallatin.

"Joint and dual admissions agreements give students access to a wide array of services from both institutions and help them better chart their course to a four-year degree as they begin their college career," said WKU President Gary A. Ransdell. "WKU has similar agreements with seven Kentucky community and technical colleges with more than 1,600 students enrolled. Our Tennessee connections are strong - we have nearly 10,000 WKU alumni in Tennessee, and we have a great history with Vol State students transferring to WKU. We are pleased to formalize this partnership, which will expand access to affordable higher education and ultimately result in more students earning bachelor's degrees."

"It's important for students to have a clear path from community college to university," said Vol State President Dr. Jerry Faulkner. "A dual admissions agreement helps students to complete college work quickly and with a minimum of cost. The team advising with WKU will also provide our students with an extra level of support."

A dual admissions student first enrolls at Vol State. When they complete the two-year degree, they then enroll at WKU to pursue a bachelor's degree. Students under the agreement are advised by both Vol State and WKU, creating a seamless transition from Vol State to WKU. A Vol State student can begin the process to enter into a dual admissions agreement at any time while enrolled at Vol State, however to ensure that courses will earn credit in transfer, students are encouraged to start the program immediately. The dual admissions agreement is applicable for Vol State students wanting to pursue any academic area at WKU.

For more information about the dual admission agreement between Vol State and WKU, call the Vol State Office of Admissions at 615-230-3688, or visit the campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin.

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