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By Laura LaVacca

Campus News

Deciding on just where you are going to go, after a two year school or as a transfer student from another college, can be a very arduous and stressful task. Leaving the comforts of a previous campus, familiarity with professors and secure relationships can, rightfully so, make any student uneasy about the transition. This is exactly what the campus of Molloy College is prepared for and understands. Molloy  prides itself on the many programs it offers and the propensity to make transfer students, and all students really, comfortable and involved. With a retention rate of 89%, it’s clearly working.

Dean of Admissions, Marguerite Lane, explains that Molloy has many differentiated programs in place including those for transfer students, “We have an orientation for transfers. They are a different population than those who are 18 year old incoming freshmen from high school. Instead, they may be 20 or even 60 year old students from different backgrounds.”  There is also a transfer day event and welcoming committee to help students adjust and receive mentoring.

In addition, the college website has a section devoted to incoming students and a multitude of resources. Most noteworthy, is a guide of how community college classes correlate to Molloy’s requirements. Students can choose their community college and print the list of classes with a description of what credit they will receive for them at Molloy. It also lets students know which classes do not transfer — which can save a lot of money.

Dean Lane advises sitting with a counselor, even knowing that students are choosing to attend a community college for the first two years, “Don’t wait to attend. Set up an appointment to talk about goals with a counselor and they can direct you to what courses you need to take at community college and then you will be more than ready to transition to Molloy. Some programs have a set sequence of courses.”

Admissions counselors are available to sit with students and evaluate credits, program choices and help incoming students on their educational journey. Students who are attending community colleges should meet with their four-year college of choice to avoid wasting time and money when years later they are ready to transition. All too often students pay for courses they do not need and may even end up spending more money in the end, “Do your homework,” she advises. Students should enter as juniors and leave as seniors — not stay an extra year due to error or lack of research.

The college has over 50 academic programs to choose from and many internship experiences. Programs ranging from education to nursing to business all have low faculty to student ratios of about 10:1. The campus is close-knit with many faculty guiding students and ensuring they graduate on time.

Students should not feel nervous about getting involved with the campus because most students are already commuters themselves. Molloy has only recently built residence halls so most of the population does not dorm.
“The large transfer population gets very involved in student government and clubs. They acclimate well,” the Dean notes.

The location of Molloy is also a plus. Students are in a great locale for internships and careers. Plus, most transfer students are from the area and can keep their same part-time jobs and commitments that they have off of campus that they had prior to attending Molloy. Keeping this in mind, many students cannot study abroad for a lengthy amount of time, so Molloy offers 7-10 day global trips where students can experience studying abroad in a much shorter time span.

Dean Lane wants incoming students to know that Molloy is a small community were students receive “personal attention.” Although not a negative, this can be a new experience and certainly a transition from the larger classes of community college.

Regardless of what transfer college students choose, students should research, call, ask questions and find out about their options. Campuses are filled with people ready to guide and students should not hesitate to inform themselves to save time, money and frustration.