Graduates of Lackawanna College who wish to continue their education are regularly accepted for transfer into four-year colleges and universities as long as they meet the requirements of the chosen institution. To assist interested students, the Director of Advising and Transfer Services remains in constant contact with representatives from all area colleges, keeps up-to-date information concerning transferability, and coordinates on-campus visits by transfer representatives.
Lackawanna graduates earning either an Associate in Science degree or an Associate in Arts degree will be admitted to a Pennsylvania State System University upon transfer under the “Academic Passport” program. Additionally, articulation agreements are also in place with several private universities, including Albright College, Misericordia University, Keystone College, the University of Scranton, and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
The Office of Advising and Transfer Services can assist students in gathering information on four-year colleges, selecting a four-year college and major, and resolving problems that arise in the academic transfer process. Students considering transfer from Lackawanna College should meet with the Director of Advising & Transfer Services to review their curriculum and discuss available options.
Following is some basic information concerning transfer from Lackawanna College to most local colleges and universities:
Lackawanna College graduates will be guaranteed admission into a Bachelor’s Degree program with third-year (junior) status at Albright College provided they satisfy all other Albright College transfer admission requirements. A full-time student admitted with third-year (junior) status to Albright will be able to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in a parallel program at Albright within four regular semesters. Academic scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 may also be available to any Lackawanna graduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
American Public University System
American Public University System (APUS), comprised of both American Military University and American Public University, is an online university offering over 50 degree and certificate programs. A flexible weekly schedule with no set class meeting times allows the student to manage work commitments, family life, and study time.
The purpose of the articulation agreement between APUS and Lackawanna College is to assist Lackawanna graduates of the Criminal Justice (both Counseling and Police tracks) or Environmental Studies (both Policy and Science tracks) degree programs in planning a course of study that will facilitate an effective transfer into the BA – Criminal Justice or the BS – Environmental Studies degree programs at APUS.
Students graduating from Lackawanna College will be automatically admitted to APUS institutions. Credits will be accepted in transfer in accordance with the transfer templates, which are available for review in the Office of Advising/Transfer Services. Total credit transferred toward a bachelor’s degree cannot exceed 90 semester hours. Lackawanna graduates who wish to enter an APUS program other than one of the programs included in the transfer templates will be subject to usual transfer credit policies of APUS.
Central Penn College
Located in Summerdale, Pa., Central Penn College will accept a maximum of 62 credits to a Lackawanna College graduate who transfers into a comparable program. Central Penn can fully accommodate graduates from accounting, business, and criminal justice programs either at the Summerdale campus or online.
Students graduating from Lackawanna College who apply to a comparable four-year program at Misericordia University will normally be required to earn no more than 66 additional credits to complete their baccalaureate degree.
Several program specific articulation agreements exist with Keystone:
- A.S. in Business Administration into B.S. degree in Business
- A.S. in Sport Management into B.S. degree in Sport & Recreational Management
- A.A.S. in Accounting into B.S. degree in Accounting
- A.S. in Criminal Justice (both Counseling and Police/Security tracks) into B.S. degree in Criminal Justice
- A.S. in Life Science into B.S. degree in Biological Science (with four concentration options: Environmental Biology, Forensic Biology, or General Biology, or Wildlife Biology)
- A.S. in Environmental Studies/Science into B.S. degree in Environmental Resource Management
- A.A. in Communication Arts into B.A. degree in Communication Arts & Humanities
Depending on specific program requirements, students will need to complete between 62 and 71 additional credits at Keystone to complete a baccalaureate degree.
A recently signed agreement affords Lackawanna Criminal Justice graduates the opportunity to transfer directly into the Bachelor of Arts-Criminal Justice program. Lackawanna graduates must meet specific Marywood program GPA requirements, meet applicable application deadlines, and follow the required terms and conditions of said agreements.
Students should be aware that although a specific course may have a transfer equivalency, that is not a guarantee that the particular course will fit into the student’s transfer program of choice.
Saint Joseph’s University (online degree completion)
Through a partnership agreement with Saint Joseph’s University (SJU), Lackawanna College students can begin their studies in Liberal Studies or Business Administration and complete their bachelor’s degree through SJU’s online degree completion program (B.S. in Professional and Liberal Studies with a concentration in Organizational Development and Leadership). Saint Joseph’s University will offer Lackawanna College students that are accepted into this program a 10% tuition reduction scholarship toward their studies. The scholarship is awarded to any student who is in good standing and endorsed by Lackawanna and is accepted into the online degree completion program. Recipients must agree to SJU’s academic integrity policy and maintain a 2.5 grade point average to remain qualified. For more information, visit the Lackawanna College page on Saint Joseph’s website.
University of Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies (CGS) will accept 60 transfer credits for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in administration of justice from Lackawanna College’s criminal justice program (either Counseling or Police track). A grade of “C” or better is required for transferability.
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
Lackawanna College recently signed a transfer agreement with the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford to allow Lackawanna students to automatically enroll in Pitt-Bradford’s bachelor degree programs if they meet certain criteria. Students must have completed their first two years (or 60 credits) at Lackawanna before transferring. Lackawanna courses have been paired with Pitt-Bradford courses that will automatically transfer without a separate review. Located in northwestern Pennsylvania three hours north of Pittsburgh, Pitt-Bradford is a regional college of the University of Pittsburgh. Popular transfer programs include business management, criminal justice, communication, and psychology. More than 94% of their students receive financial aid, and unique transfer scholarships are available for qualified students.
University of Scranton
A recent agreement between Lackawanna College and the University of Scranton establishes a mechanism for graduates of Lackawanna College to complete the requirements for baccalaureate degrees at the University of Scranton. Normally, Lackawanna College graduates will transfer in 60 credits and gain junior status in most programs at the University of Scranton. The agreement does not allow direct transfer of associate degrees in business. Lackawanna graduates must meet specific University program GPA requirements, meet applicable application deadlines, and follow the required terms and conditions of said agreements.
A Wilkes University Transfer Guide is available to assist Lackawanna College students in planning a course of study and maximizing transfer credits. The guide provides a course-by-course transfer conversion and does not encompass any particular degree program. Guides are available in the Office of Advising and Transfer Services.
Lackawanna College participates in the “Academic Passport” program with the 14 universities which comprise the State System of Higher Education:
- Bloomsburg University
- California University of Pennsylvania
- Cheyney University
- Clarion University
- East Stroudsburg University
- Edinboro University
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- Kutztown University
- Lock Haven University
- Mansfield University
- Millersville University
- Shippensburg University
- Slippery Rock University
- West Chester University