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TLU Makes Transfer Student Honor Roll for Fifth Year

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) has named Texas Lutheran University to its 2023 Transfer Honor Roll in recognition of the dynamic pathways the university has created to support community college transfer students. TLU is among only 208 colleges nationwide to receive the honor which is determined by 40 key metrics related to the support and success of transfer students, including college cost and financial aid, campus life for transfer, admission practices, and bachelor’s degree completion.

“We are excited to once again be included in Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll," said Alecia McCain, TLU Associate Vice President for Admissions. "The Admissions Team, as well as the faculty and staff at TLU, are committed to supporting transfer students throughout the enrollment process and during the transition to becoming a TLU student. Being included on the PTK Transfer Honor Roll reaffirms our dedication to serving students and assessing their individual needs related to the transferability of courses, scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and application support."

The Transfer Honor Roll was based on analysis from the National Student Clearinghouse, and on data submitted through the four-year institution’s profile on PTK Connect, Phi Theta Kappa’s online tool designed to help students find their best-fit colleges and career pathways. Colleges completing the PTK Connect profile are given a Transfer Friendliness Rating.

The Honor Roll is chosen from among the top 25 percent highest-rated colleges. Spotlighted at the 2022 American Council on Education (ACE) conference, the Transfer Honor Roll recognizes the importance of creating strong transfer pathways that lead to excellence and success among community college transfer students, and this year’s winners had exceptional outcomes, and several of these included:

  • Average percent of transfer in undergraduate population – 43%
  • Average bachelor’s degree completion rate among transfers – 66%
  • Average credit transferred toward a degree major and/or plan – 85%
  • Average percent of transfer students receiving merit-based financial aid – 73%

“The goal of most students attending community college is a bachelor’s degree, but few do because of financial barriers and the complexities of the transfer process,” says Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “We are proud to recognize the exceptional colleges and universities that go above and beyond to create accessible pathways to bachelor’s degree completion for community college transfer students.”

About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at