Private and independent colleges, recognizing a business opportunity,
are stepping up their recruitment of transfer students.
For example, Renton Technical College recently signed a transfer
agreement with DeVry University, which allows students who earn an
associate-of-applied-science degree at Renton to transfer directly
into DeVry's bachelor of science in Technical Management program.
DeVry has a campus in Federal Way and a center in Bellevue.
Argosy University/Seattle and Seattle Community Colleges recently
agreed to allow graduates of any one of Seattle's three community
colleges to enroll in Argosy's bachelor's degree completion programs
in psychology and business.
Copetas, Western Washington's admissions director, said regardless of
whether students plan to transfer to public or private schools, paying
attention to details will help prevent spending more time or money
"Students need to start making career choices earlier," Copetas said.
Allen, 22, a general-studies major who has attended North Seattle
Community College since 1999, says he hopes to complete his
associate's degree this fall. Allen is now seeking transfer admission
to Central Washington University for sometime in 2004.
I think community colleges are wonderful places that definitely need to
remain and stay dirt cheap. I also firmly believe that they aren't the right
place for many graduates. People who are focused and academically inclined
should go to a four year college after high school where most people are
their own age and hopefully experience dorm life and move out of the house.