Phi Theta Kappa recognizes MC for exemplary transfer pathways

Phi Theta Kappa recognizes MC for exemplary transfer pathways

March 25, 2020

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) has named Maryville College to its 2020 Transfer Honor Roll in recognition of the dynamic pathways created to support transfer students.

Maryville College is one of 122 U.S. colleges and universities – and one of four in Tennessee – on the 2020 Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges.

The Transfer Honor Roll recognizes four-year colleges and universities that have developed transfer pathways that lead to excellence and success among community college transfer students. 

Maryville College’s Transfer Pathways

Maryville College offers several transfer pathways to help students plan their coursework at a community college to ensure that the coursework will transfer successfully and that they will be making the most rapid progress possible toward their four-year bachelor’s degree.

In 2012, Maryville College joined the Tennessee Transfer Pathways Program, which makes it easier for students to transfer from a Tennessee community college to a four-year institution – and makes it easier to graduate within two years of transferring. For students who have been pursuing the two-year associate’s degree by following one of the Tennessee Transfer Pathways developed for the four-year colleges and universities of the public system (the Tennessee Board of Regents and University of Tennessee systems), Maryville College accepts the public universities’ Tennessee Transfer Pathways. Those students can complete that pathway and still earn a Maryville College degree within the same four-year time-frame as if they had begun their studies at Maryville.

Maryville College offers several scholarships and awards for transfer students, including the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, which is the highest transfer scholarship available. The scholarship is awarded to potential student leaders, and candidates must be members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.

“Our transfer pathways serve as a guide for any student studying at an in-state community college,” said Ashley West ’15, senior admissions counselor for transfer and dual enrollment at Maryville College. “Students use these to build their schedule during freshman and sophomore years and are ready to jump right in when they arrive at MC their junior year.”

 “I transferred from a local community college to Maryville College, so working in this role feels like home to me,” West added. “I’m grateful to share my passion for transfer student success and so proud of the work Maryville College does.”

For more information about transferring to Maryville College, as well as scholarships and awards for transfer students, please contact West at ashley.west@maryvillecollege.edu or 865-981-8032. 

Transfer Honor Roll Selection Process

Colleges were selected for the Transfer Honor Roll based on their “Transfer Friendliness Rating,” which is determined by the transfer profile they create in PTK Connect – Phi Theta Kappa’s online tool that helps students find their best-fit colleges, career pathways and more. Students can search for colleges by name, scholarship offerings or cost, and they can use the institutions’ profiles to help evaluate where they’d like to enroll.

Colleges utilizing PTK Connect can complete a transfer profile, which asks questions about admissions practices, cost of attendance, campus life, recruitment practices and peer reviews. It is meant to reflect what the transfer student experience is like at their colleges, as well as the strategies colleges are taking to support and enroll transfer students.

The profile immediately gives colleges a “Transfer Friendliness Rating” they can use internally to gauge how friendly their admissions and recruitment strategies are. The top 25 percent highest-rated colleges are named to the Transfer Honor Roll. 

Through a unique partnership with the National Student Clearinghouse, colleges can have data from the Clearinghouse automatically populated into their transfer profiles each year.

Students can see some of this data on the colleges’ profiles, enabling them to assess what the college does to support transfer students, see the number of transfer students enrolled at that college, and determine whether the school could be a good fit.

The transfer profile also serves as a resource that colleges can use when evaluating their admissions and recruitment practices to create new strategies to better support the transfer student population.


Maryville College is a nationally-ranked institution of higher learning and one of America’s oldest colleges. For more than 200 years, we’ve educated students to be giving citizens and gifted leaders, to study everything, so that they are prepared for anything — to address any problem, engage with any audience and launch successful careers right away. Located in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Knoxville, Maryville College offers nearly 1,200  students from around the world both the beauty of a rural setting and the advantages of an urban center, as well as more than 60 majors, seven pre-professional programs and career preparation from their first day on campus to their last. Today, our 10,000 alumni are living life strong of mind and brave of heart and are prepared, in the words of our Presbyterian founder, to “do good on the largest possible scale.”