By Laura LaVacca
Winning awards for its excellence is nothing new for Molloy College. Located in Rockville Centre, NY, the college is consistently named one of the top academic institutions in the Northeast by Princeton Review and US News & World Report. However, Dean of Admissions Marguerite Lane is most proud to share that most recently “Money magazine has selected Molloy as the #1 Value All-Star in the Nation!” The rankings were based on student retention, graduation rates, early career earnings of graduates and low loan default rates.
Dean Lane continues, “What this means is that students who come to Molloy stay at Molloy and graduate from Molloy. When our students graduate they succeed in their careers. In fact, in a Georgetown University survey, starting salaries of our graduates were among the highest in the country.”
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. Just last year, the College opened the Hagan Center for Nursing, designed to support its nationally-ranked nursing program. The Hagan Center features the latest technology in classrooms and laboratories. Each of the seven laboratories houses approximately 20 high-tech simulator “men, women and children” that students practice clinical procedures on. This will help prepare them for real-world experiences in hospitals and other medical facilitates.
“Molloy was named the #1 college to study Health Professions by College Factual,” Dean Lane adds.
Putting these accolades aside, Dean Lane is adamant about the community at Molloy and cites the personal attention students receive as a reason for their close-knit community and success as an institution.
Transfer student Jan Mark Casco concurs, “Molloy’s campus is smaller and more beautiful [than other campuses on Long Island]. I do like that it’s basically in the middle of a residential area and that it’s open; it blends into the community, which adds more to the home-like feel.”
Casco, like so many other Molloy students, transferred to the campus after a community college or experience at another four-year school. Molloy has many programs in place to help such students. There are different welcome programs including different orientations for different types of incoming 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,” Dean Lane explains. There is also a transfer day event and welcoming committee to help students adjust and receive mentoring.
“Being a transfer, I would give others a strong suggestion to take a proactive stance in everything from the application process to financial aid and coursework,” Junior Randy Gliebe offers. “Particularly with Molloy, the process was smooth and welcoming. If you have a question, either the person helping you will gladly assist or they will redirect you to someone who can more effectively.”
Molloy has numerous articulation agreements with such colleges as Nassau Community, Suffolk Community and Queensborough to make transferring a smooth and easy process. Students who transfer to Molloy with an AA, AS, or AAS degree have their General Education requirements waived as well. The college website has a section devoted to incoming students and a multitude of resources. Admissions counselors are available to sit with students and evaluate credits, program choices and help incoming freshman students on their educational journeys.
Transfer students should explore the website to be prepared about the process and make sure all requirements are met. For example, all accepted nursing students are required to take the Nelson-Denny Reading Test and a writing test in composition. These results are used to determine a student’s eligibility to take certain nursing and science classes.
Don’t forget to fill out financial aid and apply for scholarships. There are even specific monies for transfer students.
“Molloy is one of the most affordable private colleges on Long Island. We offer Transfer Scholarships, Phi Theta Kapa Scholarships and we are a Yellow Ribbon Participant,” Dean Lane emphasizes. Transfer scholarships range from $1500-5000. To be considered, scholarships are awarded to full-time undergraduate transfer students who have completed at least 30 credits of full-time course work at a previous college and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. For nursing majors, the requirement is at least a 3.3 GPA. The Yellow Ribbon Scholarship is awarded to veterans, and more information is available on the website.
Aside from academics, the campus offers a vast opportunity for students to get involved in from extracurriculars to Greek life. With over 60 clubs and organizations, there is something for everyone. The American Sign Language Club, Business & Accounting Club and Club Italia are just a few. Students may also choose to participate in student government or be a student orientation leader.
Dean Lane notes, “We have a vibrant student life which will help transfer students to become engaged and transition to our campus.”
“Be sure to integrate as much of yourself into the environment as possible for the sake of networking, socializing, and individual growth. Ask questions, to everyone, ” Gliebe urges.
In addition to the many resources and events on campus, the location of Molloy is also a plus. Students are in a great locale for internships and careers, being under an hour away from Manhattan. There are also many community-based internship opportunities.
Molloy strives to give students a solid education while also giving them real-world experiences.
For more information about the transfer process, please visit: www.molloy.edu/admissions/transfer-admissions.