Indiana University of Pennsylvania and HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, have signed a dual admissions program agreement designed to streamline the process for students who earn an associate degree at HACC to complete a bachelor’s degree program at IUP.

Under terms of the agreement, students enrolled at HACC who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree at IUP will be given automatic acceptance to IUP, pending successful completion of all admissions requirements. No additional admissions application to IUP will be required for these students.

The program provides a curriculum plan for students that is a seamless transition from associate to bachelor’s degree.

Students also will receive enhanced counseling, advising, and transition support services from both institutions, and HACC students who have been accepted into this program will be given full access to IUP’s resources, including housing, dining, the Co-op, the IUP Libraries, and IUP activities and events.

“IUP is very pleased to establish this partnership with HACC,” IUP President Michael Driscoll said. “This agreement helps us to provide key services, support, and access that these qualified students need and deserve to meet their educational goals.”

To qualify, students must be currently admitted and enrolled at HACC, maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 or the minimum grade point average required by the IUP program they have chosen, have earned less than 30 credit hours before applying for the dual admissions declaration, and plan to pursue both an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree.

“HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, looks forward to what this new partnership with Indiana University of Pennsylvania will provide for our students. HACC associate degree graduates who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at IUP will be able to have the support they need to be successful at both institutions,” said HACC President and CEO John J. “Ski” Sygielski, MBA, PhD.

Since 2015, a total of 484 students from HACC have transferred to IUP to complete their academic studies. This number includes 170 students who were dual-enrolled high school students while at HACC.

IUP has dual admissions agreements in place with Westmoreland County Community College and Penn Highlands Community College.

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