New Mesa Universities Offer Transfer Opps

Posted on June 3, 2013 by Sally Mesarosh

Andrew Kuhn won’t have to travel far to complete his bachelor’s degree. Kuhn, Mesa Community College’s former student body president, is transferring his credits from MCC and attending the Mesa campus of Westminster College this fall.

Kuhn said he initially found out about the college at a transfer fair that MCC’s student government sponsored. After meeting with Westminster’s Dean and staff members, the college offered scholarships that covered all of his tuition. His only expense will be to pay for health insurance, a university requirement.

“Almost all of my credits from MCC transferred,” said Kuhn, who had considered attending several out-of-state universities and Arizona State University.  “I would definitely tell other students to look at it as an option. It was a much more personalized experience.”

Kuhn is pursuing a degree in Transnational Studies. His career goal is to work in the United Nations or State Department. Kuhn said his experience in student government at MCC has been valuable.

“I’m where I’m at because of the opportunities at MCC,” he said.

Westminster recently established a campus in Mesa as the result of a nationwide recruiting effort by city officials. The city is now home to five liberal-arts institutions, many of which have transfer partnerships with MCC. Kuhn said he thinks it’s good that there are more higher education options available in the East Valley.

“It provides more opportunities for students,” Kuhn said.  “It will be interesting to see what develops in the downtown Mesa area.”

The colleges include:

Westminster College: 245 W. Second St., Mesa. www.westminster-mo.edu/mesa 480-747-3863.

Benedictine University:  Beginning September 3, 2013, Gillett Hall will be holding classes at 225 E. Main St., Mesa. Student Services are now at 51 E. Main St. Suite 105, Mesa. http://ben.edu/mesa/ 602-888-5500.

Albright College: 1201S. Alma School Rd., Mesa. http://mesa.albright.edu/ 480-659-3608.

Wilkes University: Temporarily at 20 W. 1st St., Suite 107, Mesa. Starting in fall 2013, Wilkes will be located at Mesa Center for Higher Education, 245 West Second St., Mesa. http://wilkes.edu/mesa (800) WILKES-U Ext. MESA.

Upper Iowa University:  Temporarily at 1025 N. Country Club Dr. Suite 313, Mesa. Campus will be located at the former Borders store on Alma School and U.S. 60. http://uiu.edu/  480-834-4620.

For more information on these and other higher education opportunities in Mesa, visit http://www.mesaeducatesu.org/.

About Mesa Community College

Mesa Community College provides outstanding transfer and career and technical programs, workforce development, and life-long learning opportunities to residents of the East Valley area of Phoenix, Arizona. MCC excels in teaching, learning and empowering its more than 40,000 students to succeed in a local and global community.  Mesa Community College is one of ten colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District.

Please direct media inquiries to Sally Mesarosh at mesarosh@mesacc.edu or the Office of Institutional Advancement at 480-461-7445.  IA website:  www.mesacc.edu/ia.