From Community College to The Ivy League

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Thanks to 'Pathway to Success,' seven BMCC alumni have been accepted to Cornell University this fall.

It's Cornell's way of reaching out to community college students

The Pathway to Success program prepares students for the admission and transition from Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) to Cornell University in Ithaca.

It’s Cornell’s way of reaching out to community college students and encouraging them to transfer to Cornell after they receive their associate’s degrees.

Pathway to Success provides prospective transfer students with information, support, and guidance as they explore Cornell’s admission and financial-aid processes.

At BMCC, Allana Hankey-Thomas and Freda McClean of the Academic Advisement and Transfer Center, along with Sussie Gyamfi of The Office of Student Affairs, coordinated Pathway to Success. They first reached out to the Honors students they believed would be a solid match for the program. Once accepted into Pathway, the Honors students had to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher in their final classes. “We guided them through the courses they’ll need to take in order to transfer to Cornell,” says Hankey-Thomas.

The Pathway coordinators also organized a committee of English and Social Science professors to assist students with their Cornell essays—the most crucial part of the college application.

This spring, seven Pathway alumni were accepted to Cornell’s fall 2010 class and will enter the university as juniors.

Pathway to Success is not a scholarship. According to the requirements, if the family income is 75K or lower, tuition is covered; and if the family income is 75K to 120K, tuition is 3K per year.        

Although the Pathway to Success program will no longer receive funding after this year, Hankey-Thomas says the connection between BMCC and Cornell University will remain strong. “We will continue to identify BMCC Honors students who are a good match for Cornell.”

Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) enrolls over 22,000 degree-seeking and 10,000 Continuing Education students a year. The largest community college in The City University of New York (CUNY) system, BMCC has students from more than 155 countries, and awards associates degrees in over 27 fields.


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