Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll again honors MSU as a national ‘best fit’ for two-year college graduates

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MSU President Mark E. Keenum visits with a group of Community College Presidential Scholars
MSU President Mark E. Keenum visits with transfer students who are part of the university’s Presidential Partnership Scholarship Program. The scholars have all participated in Phi Theta Kappa international honor society at their respective two-year colleges. (Photo by Grace Cockrell)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State is extending its reputation among transfer students for delivering a seamless transition to university life with its continued selection to the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll.

With expanded services focused on student success and extensive range of career pathways—including new degrees in cutting-edge computing technologies—MSU is being recognized as one of the nation’s most welcoming to two-year college students who are discovering their “best fit” in the Bulldog family.

MSU enrolled 1,748 new transfer students for the 2023 fall semester, almost 10% of the total 18,230 undergraduates who enrolled. As the international honor society for associate degree-seeking students, PTK’s mission includes providing opportunities for transfers to continue growing as scholars and leaders.

The university is among a select 228 higher education institutions named to this year’s PTK Transfer Honor Roll, the seventh consecutive year MSU is noted for its admissions practices, financial aid, cost, campus life and bachelor’s degree completion rate.

Lynn Tincher-Ladner, PTK president and CEO, cited this year’s Honor Roll designees for removing many of the complexities that can hinder the transfer process, recognizing those on the list for going “above and beyond to create accessible pathways to bachelor’s degree completion.”

Transfer Honor Roll selection is based on analysis from the National Student Clearinghouse, known for its authenticated and secure education data insights, and on each university’s profile on PTK Connect, the organization’s online tool for students choosing senior colleges.

John Dickerson, MSU associate vice president for enrollment, said, “Transfer students are such a meaningful part of our undergraduate campus community. I commend our admissions staff, faculty, academic advisors, student affairs team and so many more for fostering an MSU environment meant for student support and success.”

MSU students are gaining more experiential, or hands-on, training than ever before, a campus focus aligning with one of the university’s strategic goals of “serving the whole student.” Skills taught in the new computing technology bachelor’s degrees—Applied Science in Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence—are increasing the institution’s academic offerings and are among occupations growing much faster for the next 12 years than the average for all jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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