Transfer/Partnership Agreement Signed with Rider Univ.
The presidents of Mercer County Community College and Rider University signed an agreement at Mercer on Nov. 3 that renews transfer opportunities for Mercer graduates and ushers in a new era of partnership, outreach and networking for the two colleges. College mascots were on hand to help cut a celebratory cake for staff and students.
Said MCCC president, Dr. Robert Rose. “We are extremely pleased to work with Rider, our long-time neighbors and partners, as they continue the tradition of providing excellence in education for our students and outstanding opportunities for them in the work force.”
For Mercer graduates who want to continue their education for a bachelor’s degree, Rider offers a guaranteed transfer program that begins when a student enters Mercer, up to the completion of 30 credits. Rider has agreed to provide scholarships for entering Mercer students with a 2.75 grade point average or above, with amounts dependent upon their average at graduation. For example, students with a 3.5 or better grade point average will be eligible for scholarships of $7,500 per year, while those with lower averages will qualify for lesser amounts. The scholarships are renewable for up to three years.
Rider has pledged to assign an enrollment advisor who will help Mercer students plan their academic path, from before they apply to Rider throughout their years at Mercer.
“We value the alliances we have enjoyed with Mercer County Community College over the years and with so many well-prepared Mercer students who have joined the Rider community," said Rozanski. "In the past three years more than 200 students have made the natural transition from Mercer to Rider, which is testimony to the close ties that our institutions enjoy and to the services provided to these students both at Mercer and when they come to Rider."