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Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College announce new '2+2' dual admission agreements

November 17, 2010

Kevin C. Quinn
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Academically qualified students will be guaranteed simultaneous admission to OCC and SU with seamless transfer into one of 33 SU degree programs, and receive a predictive SU financial aid package

In a signing ceremony held today, Onondaga Community College (OCC) President Debbie L. Sydow and Syracuse University Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor officially announced a partnership between the two institutions that will provide qualifying students with dual admission and guaranteed transfer into 33 degree programs at SU. In addition, students will also receive a predictive SU financial aid package.

“SU and OCC have forged a unique partnership that will truly benefit the students and families of Syracuse and Central New York,” says Cantor. “With this 2+2 program, we are constructing a crucial piece of the road to opportunity that starts with our local schools and with Say Yes to Education. It leads right through OCC—which President Sydow has made one of the great success stories of the SUNY system and one of the most innovative community colleges nationally—and continues through SU in a new and very promising way. This is a big step forward in building our community’s capacity to compete nationally and internationally.”

“I’m delighted to join with Chancellor Cantor to forge a unique partnership that will enable more high-achieving local students to complete an SU degree,” says Sydow. “By attending Onondaga for the first two years and then transferring to SU to complete a baccalaureate degree, students will get the best of both worlds—a highly supportive learning environment at OCC as freshmen and sophomores, and a carefully guided transition to a world-class university, all culminating in a low-cost SU degree. This is just one more example of Chancellor Cantor’s demonstrated commitment to local citizens and our Central New York community.”

The new “2+2” agreements perfectly complement the Say Yes to Education: Syracuse program. Begun in 2008 as a partnership between the Say Yes to Education foundation, SU and the Syracuse City School District (SCSD), Say Yes provides comprehensive support services and the promise of free college tuition at more than 100 colleges and universities to all 21,000 students in the district.

OCC is a key partner in Say Yes and in the past two years it has enrolled more SCSD graduates through the program than any other institution. The initiatives announced today, combined with Say Yes, form a seamless continuum through which Syracuse city school students can graduate from high school, attend OCC for two years and then enroll at and graduate from SU–all on a Say Yes to Education scholarship.

What is “2+2”?
Qualified students complete their first two years of study at OCC and then transfer automatically and seamlessly with guaranteed admission to one of 33 degree programs at SU’s colleges and schools listed below:

  • The College of Arts and Sciences
  • The School of Information Studies
  • The L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • The Martin J. Whitman School of Management
  • The College of Human Ecology
  • The School of Education of Syracuse University

Qualifying students can transfer into the following SU degree programs:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art and Music Histories
  • Bioengineering (Biomechanics)
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • English and Textual Studies
  • Geography
  • Health and Exercise Science
  • History
  • Information Management and Technology
  • Language, Literatures and Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

The “2+2″ program provides local, high-achieving students with a clear pathway for continued studies in fields such as business, math/science, engineering science, and arts and sciences. Students can reduce their overall cost to attend college by paying OCC’s lower tuition for the first two years before transferring to SU.

Students will receive financial aid packages from SU based on their current eligibility. They will receive an explanation of how the estimated financial aid package could change due to an increase in family income or financial situations. However, for the majority of students, their estimated aid package will be relatively close to what they will actually receive when they enroll.

These financial aid packages are intended to cover tuition, mandatory fees, housing, meals, supplies and books for those students who demonstrate financial need equal to or greater than these costs. Financial aid may include any combination of the following: Syracuse University Grant, Federal Pell Grant, NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award, Federal Direct Student loans and Federal Work Study.

OCC students in the Phi Theta Kappa Society achieving a minimum 3.5 GPA and participating in the Phi Theta Kappa national honor two-year college honor society may qualify to apply for a $2,000 merit award from SU.

The “2+2″ program builds on the growing partnership between SU and OCC. The two schools recently agreed to support an ongoing arrangement, the SU-OCC Joint Employee Educational Experience Scholarship, for the education and development of OCC employees through scholarships at SU. Selected staff and faculty members at OCC who are admitted into graduate/doctoral programs at SU through this program will be eligible to complete a course of study at SU with a full tuition scholarship grant.

Additionally, the SU-Onondaga Arts Exchange, announced by Sydow and Cantor on the OCC campus on Sept. 15 with the dedication of two installed sculptures by SU alumna Carole Eisner, builds on both leaders’ commitment to expanding the arts partnership in the interest of educational and cultural development.

With nearly 12,000 students, OCC is the second largest undergraduate institution in Central New York and one of the nation’s fastest growing community colleges. Founded in 1961, it is a comprehensive two-year college operating under the State University of New York (SUNY) and is locally sponsored by Onondaga County. OCC offers nearly 50 programs of study, bachelor and master’s degrees available on campus through a regional higher education center, and more than 80 transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities. Home to four-time NJCAA national champion men’s lacrosse and 2009 NJCAA women’s lacrosse teams, Onondaga has 15 intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams.

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