Harrisburg Area Community College
Bucks County Community College
Lehigh Carbon Community College
Penn Highlands Community College
To ensure that each transfer student is as "Junior-Year Ready" as possible, the working principles of Early Identification, Early Involvement, and Early Commitment are central to the program.
Working with specific community college faculty and staff, qualified students who can benefit from this partnership will be encouraged to apply for the program. Once admitted into the program, students will receive:
- An Academic Roadmap that shows the coursework required to stay on track for an on-time graduation.
- A Financial Plan and Financial Aid Award as early as the second semester at community college.
- A Juniata Academic Advisor and a Peer Mentor who will serve as resources while each Community College student is enrolled at their respective institution.
Once Community College students are admitted, receive their aid awards and deposit
to become a Juniata Pathways Student, a whole host of opportunities are easily accessible
to enhance their experience and accelerate early involvement with Juniata programs
and students. The Academic Pathway assures that they will graduate from their community college
in two years and will continue seamlessly to Juniata and receive their bachelor’s
degree in the following two years. As the time to transfer to Juniata approaches, Community College students will have
the opportunity to register for classes and participate in the housing selection process with
their rising-junior cohort at Juniata.
Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions regarding the program, please contact Michelle Bartol, in the Office of Admissions, at 814-641-3432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will this new program be open to a currently enrolled community college student?
Students who have completed more than their first year at a partner community college can explore the possibility of joining the Pathways Program. Juniata will consider these students on a case-by-case basis, helping each student decide if Juniata is the best option for them at this time.
Is my decision to participate in the Pathways Program binding?
No. Although participation in the program requires a significant commitment of time and effort by you, your community college and Juniata, you may choose to change your academic plans.
Why am I expected to earn my Associate's degree at my community college as part of the Pathways Program?
The Pathways Program is designed to optimize the resources - time, effort and finances - that a student commits to his/her higher education experience. Obtaining an associate's degree ensures that you will finish your bachelor's program in two years. Your future success is the primary goal of both colleges.
What is an Academic Roadmap?
To ensure that each Pathways student is academically prepared to enroll as a junior
at Juniata, faculty at both institutions have collaboratively created a specific academic
plan that spells out the courses you need to complete for the complete Pathways Program
- i.e., the Academic Roadmap.
By following the Roadmap, you are guaranteed transfer credit, junior-year status and a timely completion of your undergraduate degree program.
What financial aid commitment will Juniata make to me?
In addition to the generous scholarship opportunities available to transfer students,
full time Pathways students will receive a $2,000 annual Pathways Scholarship when
they enroll at Juniata.
In an effort to make the transition easy for Pathways students, the Juniata Office of Student Financial Planning will develop a Financial Plan that will assist each student in understanding how to best optimize available resources to invest in his or her college education.
What financial aid forms are required as I prepare to enter Juniata?
Pathways students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15 in the spring before you plan to enroll at Juniata College.
What Juniata resources are available to me as a Juniata College Pathways student?
Juniata faculty, staff and current students are available to Pathways students. The
Pathways counselor in the Admissions Office will assist you and your questions will
be answered and/or referred to the appropriate resource at the college.
After each semester, your grade reports will be checked to make sure that expected progress is being made; adjustments will be made as necessary. You will register for your first set of Juniata classes with your rising-junior student cohort.
Pathways students receive an early commitment of financial aid and financial counseling is available on an ongoing basis.
Juniata College is a residential campus. Pathways students interested in living on-campus will select their rooms with their rising-junior cohort.
As I prepare to enter Juniata, will I be required to submit an application for admission?
No. Your application to the Pathways program serves as your Juniata College application.
You will be required to submit a "Transfer Report Form" from an official at your community college - often the Dean of Student Life or Director of Student Services - which indicates that you have remained in good social standing while enrolled there.
What are my responsibilities as a Pathways student?
As a Pathways student, you give your community college permission to share your semester
grade reports with Juniata. You are also expected to complete the required financial
aid forms in the spring before your transition to the Juniata College campus.
You will have many opportunities to get to know the Juniata community and prepare to make a smooth transition into your final two years to complete your bachelors degree. Regular communication with the Juniata Pathways counselor will assure that you are aware of all the outstanding opportunities to experience the Juniata community before you arrive as a Juniata student.
When will I register for my first set of Juniata classes?
Pathways students will register online with an advisor during the Juniata Fall/Spring
Registration Period of the semester before transfer.
At that time, advisors will walk you through the process of registration and familiarize you with the Juniata College registration process.
Since my community college is a partner with Juniata, am I required to participate in the Pathways Program if I am considering transferring to Juniata?
No. The Pathways Program is a special program designed for those students who are
interested in making a transfer commitment at an early stage of their community college
experience to a specific program.
At many partner institutions the academic program pathways are limited. At the same time, Juniata will consider students from a partner community college who wish to be considered as a transfer student through the traditional process.
What about dual enrollment credits I earned while in high school?
Juniata recognizes all appropriate level coursework on each student's community college
While credits from dual enrollment programs might be transferred in, their applicability to the courses outlined in the Academic Roadmap will be assessed to determine what course requirements still need to be met. The Juniata Pathways Program Counselor can help you navigate the dual enrollment courses.
Who is my Juniata counselor while I am a student at my community college?
Molly Thompson in the Office of Admission serves as Juniata's Pathways Program Counselor. She will refer your question to other Pathways team members - faculty and staff - as necessary. She can be reached at 814-641-3425 or email@example.com.