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Updated student transfer arrangement announced between CMTN and UVic

Northwest students from arts and science or the engineering programs can pursue studies in Victoria
Prince Rupert’s Coast Mountain College campus. A new agreement with UVic expands the ability of students to transfer their college credit to university. (Contributed)

A new transfer system between Coast Mountain College (CMTN) and the University of Victoria (UVic) has been implemented by the two institutions, aiming to ease the transfer process for students.

Guaranteed admission to UVic will become available for certain CMTN students who finish their first two years at CMTN, according to a news release from the two schools.

Students from the Associate Degree of Arts or Science at CMTN will be able to enter a variety of arts and science programs at UVic, such as art history or social science.

A minimum GPA of 2.0, along with 24 credits at CMTN are required before arts and science students head south.

Meanwhile, engineering and software engineering students are able to transfer after one year at CMTN, as long as they obtain a 2.33 GPA.

Transferring from college, where tuition is cheaper, to University, is a popular option for many students across the province. The college also said students will benefit from having their first year or so in their rural hometown, before heading to the bigger city of Victoria.

“This updated transfer agreement between CMTN and UVic ensures that students who want to pursue Bachelor’s degrees can stay close to home for their first and second years and benefit from our experiential place-based learning, small class sizes, and affordable tuition costs, while also giving them more time to prepare for life in a new city,” said Titi Kunkel, Vice President Academic, Students, and International for CMTN.

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Both international and domestic students can qualify for the southbound transfer.

“UVic is a proud partner in BC’s transfer system and provides transfer opportunities for students throughout the province, including from Coast Mountain College. Every year we see excellent students transfer from Coast Mountain College to our Victoria campus to complete their programs,” said Elizabeth Adjin-Tettey, Associate Vice-President of Academic Programs for UVic.

CMTN has campuses in Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii, Terrace, Smithers and Hazelton.

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