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Ripon College joins Guaranteed Transfer Admission program

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published May 14, 2019

The College of Lake County and Ripon College, a private, national liberal arts college based in Ripon, Wis., recently signed a Guaranteed Transfer Admission agreement. CLC students who meet the requirements outlined in the partnership agreement and transfer to Ripon to complete a bachelor’s degree will be guaranteed admission.

To guarantee admission to Ripon College, applicants must meet certain requirements, including high school graduation, grade-point average of at least 2.0 from the College of Lake County and English proficiency requirements. Students are eligible to transfer into all undergraduate degree programs at Ripon College and must complete a minimum of 32 semester credits at Ripon College.

Karen Hlavin, CLC vice president for student development, said Ripon is a great addition to CLC’s Guaranteed Transfer Admission program due to its reputation for innovative academic  programs and its convenient location, within a two-and-a-half Logo of Ripon Collegehour drive from Lake County. “Through this partnership, we’re offering our students yet another high-quality option for Lake County residents,” Hlavin said. “We can now provide qualified students an opportunity to plan their transfer to Ripon several semesters in advance and take advantage of advising from both institutions simultaneously.”

During enrollment in the Guaranteed Transfer Admission Program, Ripon College will provide advisement to students to discuss academic program requirements and transfer credit policies. Students also may qualify for Ripon College scholarships, which range from $16,000 to $35,000, annually.

“We’re excited to provide this clear path to admission for College of Lake County students who wish to pursue a four-year degree at Ripon,” said Andrea Young, acting dean of faculty and associate professor of mathematical sciences at Ripon College. “Ripon’s intentionally small campus provides a transformational educational experience, with faculty and staff dedicated to the success of each and every student. Our innovative Catalyst curriculum ensures students are able to complete multiple majors and minors, experiential study and hold internships in four years.”

To learn more about CLC’s guaranteed transfer admission program, visit or call (847) 543-2090. CLC students now can choose from 29 institutions that offer guaranteed admission, ensuring a seamless transfer of credit to the four-year colleges and universities.

About Ripon College:

Ripon College, founded in 1851, prepares students of diverse interests for lives of productive, socially responsible citizenship. The college was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 1953, placing it among a select group of the nation’s top colleges. Ripon is a tier 1 national liberal arts school in U.S. News & World Report, is on its “Best Value Schools” list, ranked first in Wisconsin and 15th in the nation for economics programs and is the top liberal arts school in Wisconsin and eighth in the national for promoting social mobility. The college consistently is recognized as a “Best Value” and “Best 381 College” by The Princeton Review; No. 1 in the nation for the highest minority graduation rate by Alliance College-Ready Public Schools; first among all private liberal arts colleges, ninth among all colleges and universities and third among all private colleges in Wisconsin, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal; produces the highest-earning graduates 10 years after graduation in Wisconsin, according to the Department of Education’s College Scorecard; and is on the Top 50 list of Most Innovative Colleges by College Consensus. For more information, visit

About College of Lake County:

College of Lake County is an innovative community college in Lake County, Ill. that transforms lives with its variety of accessible, quality education options. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, College of Lake County provides affordable options in a state-of-the-art setting close to home. A large student network, with small class sizes, provides advantages to our students on a career-related program or a path toward a transfer degree. We’re proud to serve the diverse needs of our community and student body. Connect to your future today at College of Lake County.