“Ferrum Promise” guarantees admission to NRCC students

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Dr. Aimé Sposato, Ferrum College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. David Johns, Ferrum College president; Dr. Pat Huber, NRCC president; Dr. Peter Anderson, NRCC Vice President for Instruction and Student Services.
(Photo: courtesy NRCC)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Students at New River Community College (NRCC) will have a smoother transition to Ferrum College, due to an agreement between the colleges.

The agreement guarantees admission to Ferrum once students have earned an associate’s degree from NRCC. Through the Ferrum Promise Initiative, the college also pledges that NRCC students can complete a four-year degree within two years of transferring. If additional courses are needed to fulfill the requirements for a bachelor’s degree, the remaining classes will be free.

A memorandum of agreement between the colleges was signed on the NRCC campus Wednesday.

“In addition to our existing articulation agreement with Ferrum that allows NRCC students to transfer easily, the Ferrum Promise goes one step further to help students stay on track and be successful on their journey to earn a four-year degree,” said NRCC President Pat Huber.

NRCC students must have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.3 and have earned a grade of “C” or higher in required courses aligned with their desired area of study to be eligible for the transfer program. NRCC students must have also earned either an associate of arts and sciences degree or an associate of applied science degree prior to acceptance at Ferrum College.

“Higher education is changing and our methods of providing a top-notch education must also change to help our students start making a difference in the world sooner than later. We are honored to partner with NRCC for this opportunity,” said Ferrum College Vice President for Academic Affairs Aimé Sposato.

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