Trine University recognized for transfer student support

July 08, 2024

JACKSON, Miss. — An honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges has named Trine University to its annual list of top four-year colleges and universities creating dynamic pathways to support transfer students.

Phi Theta Kappa recognized Trine University among the 228 colleges and universities on its 2024 Transfer Honor Roll. Trine, which works closely with students and institutions within the region and across the United States to ensure seamless credit transfer, was the only Indiana institution named.

“Between our very generous credit transfer policies, agreements with many two-year institutions and dedicated staff who make the transition as seamless as possible, Trine is the ideal destination for many students who continue their educational journey,” said Kim Bennett, vice president for enrollment management at Trine. “We are grateful to this recognition and will continue to do everything we can to support students who choose to go on and complete their bachelor’s degree.”

The Transfer Honor Roll is determined by 40 key metrics related to the support and success of transfer students, including college cost and financial aid, campus life for transfer, admission practices, and bachelor’s degree completion.

Colleges completing the PTK Connect profile are given a Transfer Friendliness Rating. The Honor Roll is chosen from among the top 25 percent highest-rated colleges.

The Transfer Honor Roll was based on analysis from the National Student Clearinghouse, and on data submitted through the four-year institution’s profile on PTK Connect, Phi Theta Kappa’s online tool designed to help students find their best-fit colleges and career pathways. 

The Transfer Honor Roll recognizes the importance of creating strong transfer pathways that lead to excellence and success among community college transfer students, and this year’s winners had exceptional outcomes. Several of these included:

  • Average percent of transfer in undergraduate population: 37%
  • Average bachelor’s degree completion rate among transfers: 77%
  • Average credit transferred toward a degree major and/or plan: 82%
  • Average percent of transfer students receiving merit-based financial aid: 67%

“The goal of most students attending community college is earning a bachelor’s degree, but few do because of financial barriers and the complexity of the transfer process,” says Dr. Lynn TincherLadner, president and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “We are proud to recognize the exceptional colleges and universities that go above and beyond to create accessible pathways to bachelor’s degree completion for community college transfer students.”

About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the first honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 4.3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at

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