NEC to guarantee admissions of community college transfer students from outside the stateBy CASSIDY SWANSON
Sunday News Correspondent
July 11. 2015 7:51PM
HENNIKER — New England College will now accept all transfer students from community colleges in all states — a guarantee it previously offered only to Granite State community college students.
Brad Poznanski, director of admissions for the private, four-year liberal arts college, says plans to start admitting all community college transfers have been underway for some time, and will apply to both on-campus and online students.
“We wanted this to be a nationwide outreach to community college students so that they would know that if they’ve been admitted and they’re enrolled in a community college, and they’re making satisfactory progress, then they’re automatically admitted at New England College,” Poznanski said Friday. “We have always enrolled community college students. They’re done really well here ... We’ve known that we bring something of value to community college students.”
By making NEC accessible to all community college transfers, the college is removing another potential barrier for those students, Poznanski said. Most NEC students come from Massachusetts, Poznanski said, followed by New Hampshire and other states across the Northeast.
In NEC’s most recent incoming class, 18 of the 44 transfer students attending classes on campus were coming from community colleges, Poznanski said. About 250 of NEC’s 850 online students transferred from community colleges.
Many of these community college transfers “have a greater sense of their goals,” Poznanski said.
“Unlike students coming directly from high school, they bring a little bit more direction, a little more maturity, and so we love transfers,” he said. Most are traditional-age students, which he said is “a trend that’s been accelerating.”
“The majority (of community college transfer students) are completing their associate’s degree,” and then move on to NEC through a matriculation agreement, Poznanski said. He was unsure if other NHCUC member schools will be following suit and extending this agreement to out-of-state students.
While transfer students will likely pay more than they did at community college to complete their degrees at NEC, where annual enrollment for a full-time student is $35,000, transfer students are eligible for institutional aid, Poznanski said, which can lower the standard rate by half.