The number of transfer students on campus this year is 214 with 198 domestic transfers and 16 international transfers. These numbers are actually very average, according to Kevin Windholz, vice president for enrollment management.
OCU has partnerships with other places of education to promote excellence in learning, and Oklahoma City Community College is one of those partnerships. Despite this partnership, OCCC plays no roll in a student’s eligibility to transfer to OCU. While some credits do transfer from OCCC to OCU, there are a number of transfer credits that are not eligible for OCU’s curriculum.
“When I see an increase in transfers, the areas that I see the greatest increase in is, I would see the greatest increase in physiology, biology, and the other science,” Windholz said. He also said that he’s not seeing any increased transfers from the OCCC program.
Transfer numbers are up in the Petree School of Arts and Sciences. The number of transfer students for Meinders School of Business and the Oklahoma City University Law School are relatively the same as past numbers. The number of transfer students for Kramer School of Nursing is down this year.
“If a student has an associate’s degree, it satisfies all Gen Eds with the exception of the religion courses,” Windholz stated. “This makes it easier for students who may have had an undecided major at another state college, and want to come to OCU for their specialized major.”
After getting an associate’s degree, the cost of learning at schools is up to the student. While it could be cheaper to attend OCU after getting an associate’s degree, the cost is really dependent on the chosen courses, cost of living, and other necessities for education.
Brandon Stalling is an OCU transfer student from Webster University. He transferred here his sophomore year.
“The process was quite stressful because my mother never really went through the process of switching schools, so it was new for all of us,” said Stalling, acting junior. “I decided to figure things out on my own, but had my family to back me up.”
Stalling said he was concerned about how some of his credits didn’t transfer.
“A chunk of my credits transferred, but I lost quite a bit,” he said.
Stalling said he is over joyed that he transferred, and that he is working hard to take advantage of the opportunities he’s been presented with.
Windholz said he hopes OCU’s partnership with OCCC continues to strengthen, and that it will potentially bring more transfers to OCU.