By JONAH ERICKSEN
Belmont University President Bob Fisher and Columbia State Community College President Janet F. Smith signed an agreement on Tuesday, May 15, that will allow students to start work on business degrees at Columbia State, then transfer to Belmont to complete them.
The degree program is aimed toward Columbia State students seeking a four-year degree in business administration.
“This degree completion program allows students to start at Columbia State, use free resources like the Tennessee Promise or the Tennessee Reconnect to receive an associates degree at Columbia
State, then move seamlessly through the transfer program for the opportunity to earn a
Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from the Jack C. Massey School of
Business on the Belmont campus,” Smith said.
Fisher said that Belmont University financial aid offices will be working hand in hand with the Columbia state financial aid offices to ensure the best opportunity for transfer students at Belmont.
Fisher said Belmont has currently enrolled roughly 700 students from Columbia State and that both institutions are excited for that number to rise in the near future.
With the addition of this new degree program comes the new transfer scholarship created to support transfer students from Columbia State pursuing a four-year degree from Belmont. The scholarship carries a weight of $3,000 per semester of study at Belmont for four semesters, and is available only to Columbia State transfer students with an associates degree in business.
In addition to the transfer scholarship, students from Columbia State who have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for all transfer course work will be allowed early admission to Belmont.
Included with early admission, Belmont will waive the application fee for these students.
Smith and Fisher met at the Franklin campus of Columbia State to sign the documents, noting how mutually beneficial this agreement will be for their respective institutions as well as a great way to prepare students for their careers in business.