New UNH, Great Bay CC partnership offers more opportunities between colleges without breaking the bank
PORTSMOUTH — As incoming freshmen prepare to begin college this fall, many students and their parents must overcome the doubts about the value of pursing higher education.
Through a new partnership between Great Bay Community College and the University of New Hampshire, incoming freshmen can now enroll in a dual admission program, which will allow participants who earn an associate degree — while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 — to seamlessly transfer into UNH’s College of Liberal Arts as juniors.
After she earns her associate’s degree in liberal arts, MacPherson said she is considering studying communications, political science or marketing for her bachelor’s degree.
MacPherson said she is also considering attending Emerson College in Beverly, Mass., but still has time to compare the cost for tuition and housing at both schools.
Meanwhile, Rob MacPherson — Gates’ dad — said he is very proud of how his daughter is taking such a practical route to college.
“She can pay for the whole thing with cash and be free from debt,” Rob MacPherson said, adding he’s impressed by the option, especially since he graduated from UNH.
He said the program will not only relieve some of the pressure and financial burden for students, but also remove the stigma of attending a community college. He added his son, Robbie — who is preparing to start his senior year at Exeter High School — is considering the same option.
“We really do share a common mission,” Huddleston said.
Wildolfo Arvelo, Great Bay Community College president, feels the dual acceptance program will benefit students at both schools, but perhaps even the entire state.
“It’s about creating opportunities for our students,” Arvelo said.The program was created through a joint effort between educators and staff at both colleges, according to Great Bay Community College’s Bruce Baker, who has a Ph.D. in higher education administration.“The pathway is pretty straight forward,” Baker said, adding advisors will help students ensure the credits they earn at Great Bay will be transferred to UNH.