The number of students coming from abroad and particularly from China to study in the United States at the undergraduate level increased at an astonishing rate of 52% in 2009/2010. International students and their families recognize the heightened opportunities for professional and academic advancement an education in the United States affords. There is also a trend among international students to study more diverse subjects like business, law, architecture and the humanities, rather than only math and science. The sheer numbers of students have made this a highly competitive endeavor. TOEFL and SAT scores have been the bench mark for acceptance at the top universities. Some students do not have access to these tests or are not able to perform well on them, despite academic success in their home countries. In the past, these students would likely not have the opportunity to study in the United States.
Through our affiliated colleges and universities, AISC is able to provide international students the opportunity to attend excellent universities and colleges, some requiring no SAT’s and some with guaranteed admission.
AISC University Program Affiliated Colleges and Universities:
The Guaranteed Admissions Program
The Guaranteed Admission Program is an agreement between the Connecticut Community College System and the University of Connecticut, designed for transfer students who enroll in a Liberal Arts transfer program at one of Connecticut’s community colleges. Students who plan to continue their studies to earn a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Agriculture and Natural Resources or Business are guaranteed admission to the University of Connecticut once the associate degree has been earned, appropriate courses have been completed, and minimum grades and requirements for the selected program have been achieved. Advisors from individual community colleges and University of Connectuct meet with Guaranteed Admission Program students throughout their community college careers, helping their eventual transition to the University.
Students wishing to enroll in the Guaranteed Admission Program must be matriculated in the Liberal Arts transfer program at one of the Connecticut community colleges. To participate in this program, students must apply to the GA Program before they have accrued 16 transferable credits. All interested students should contact their individual community college counselor for further information and assistance in selecting courses that will meet both community college and University of Connecticut degree requirements.
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The Dual Admission Program
The Connecticut State University System (CSUS) and the Connecticut Community College System have developed a Transfer Compact which offers Dual Admission to students who are planning to enroll at a CSUS university after completing an associate’s degree.
Click here for video about the Connecticut State University ProgramIt has never been easier to start your higher education at one of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges and finish at Central, Eastern, Southern or Western Connecticut State University. The Dual Admission program makes it easy to outline your path to success, and take advantage of exceptional program benefits.
The Dual Admission program is designed for students who:
- Plan to earn an associate’s degree from one of the 12 Connecticut Community Colleges (in 5 years or less).
- Plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at one of the 4 Connecticut State University System institutions, beginning within two years of completing associate’s degree.
- Have earned 15 or fewer transferable college credits at the community college at the time of application.
- Guaranteed Admission
Students are guaranteed admission to the selected CSUS institution upon successful completion of their associate’s degree with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Specific academic and professional programs may have additional admission requirements.
- Coordinated Academic Advising
While completing the associate’s degree, students receive personalized academic advising from both community college and university advisors to ensure that appropriate coursework is completed and that all credits taken at the community college will apply toward their bachelor’s degree.
- Library Access
Students have full library privileges at the university they have designated, even while completing their associate’s degree at a community college.
- Registration Preference
After earning and associate’s degree, students are given course registration and on-campus housing options equivalent to university juniors.
- Smooth Transition
Students enjoy a smooth transition because they take classes that will transfer, have met regularly with university staff while attending community college, have become familiar with the university’s academic policies and know which upper-level classes they will need to take at the university.
Why you should participate!
Starting your education at a community college is a convenient and affordable way to pursue your educational goals. The Dual Admission application process is streamlined, allowing you to apply to both a community college and a university within the Connecticut State University System at the same time.
Academic advisors from both institutions help ensure that your credits will be accepted easily when you move from one of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges to earn your bachelor’s degree at Central Connecticut University, Eastern Connecticut University, Southern Connecticut University, or Western Connecticut University.
Currently AISC has selected the following Connecticut Community Colleges where students can enroll in the Guaranteed Admissions Program or the Dual Admissions Program. Housing is not provided through the Connecticut Community College System. American International Student Centers provides assistance to students applying to these colleges and provides them with upscale housing and transportation to and from campus as well as student support services. AISC does not make admission decisions The Guaranteed Admission and Dual Admission Programs exist though the State of Connecticut and are available to any student who applies and meets the criteria for admission.
- Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Winsted, Connecticut