2018 Marian University News

Marian University and Ivy Tech Community College Launch 2+2 Program

by News Release | Oct 15, 2018

Ivy Tech Community College and Marian University are announcing a new 2+2 partnership that will allow students to transfer from Associate of Science to Bachelor of Science degree programs. This collaboration provides a seamless, cost-effective degree pathway for students in business and psychology.

With the 2+2 program, students are able to complete the first two years of their education and earn an Associate of Science degree at Ivy Tech and then transfer to Marian to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in two additional years. Upon acceptance to Marian, Ivy Tech students will be able to transfer with junior status.

Alexxus Smith | Marian University

While the 2+2 Program is new, Marian has a long history of welcoming Ivy Tech students. Alexxus Smith '20 transferred her Ivy Tech credits and is applying them toward a bachelor's degree from Marian. The junior from Fishers, Indiana is a member of the women's track and field team. Last season, she earned All-Crossroads League honors in the long jump and triple jump. 

“This is a great agreement for Ivy Tech, because it provides our students who wish to attend Marian University, one of our fine Independent Colleges of Indiana right here in Indianapolis, with a 2+2 opportunity,” said Dr. Russ Baker, vice president for academic affairs for Ivy Tech.

“This is exactly the kind of transfer relationship our students are looking for and what they deserve. We are very excited about the expansion of our partnership with Marian University over the last year and look forward to additional programs where we can collaborate.”

According to Brian Studebaker, director of transfer admission at Marian University, the partnership is the first 2+2 agreement between Marian and Ivy Tech, although the two institutions partnered earlier this year on a reverse transfer agreement for students.

“These new 2+2 options not only help Ivy Tech students identify a clear, affordable path toward a bachelor’s degree, but they strengthen long-term earning potential. In 2017, the average weekly salary for workers with an associate degree was $836 compared to $1,173 for those with a bachelor’s degree. By enabling Ivy Tech graduates to continue their educations, we enhance their ability to provide a good living for themselves and their families. We look forward to continuing discussions with Ivy Tech in the future about additional partnerships,” Studebaker added.

All credits students earn for the above associate degrees will transfer seamlessly into Marian's respective bachelor’s degree programs with no credit loss.

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