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CLC partners with North Park University for guaranteed transfer into nearly 30 degree programs

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Oct 18, 2021

College of Lake County (CLC) students have another accessible opportunity to continue their education close to home thanks to a new guaranteed transfer admission partnership with North Park University (NPU). Students transferring to NPU will receive personalized counseling and academic planning to ensure a seamless transition.

“It’s really about how students come to us, their access point, and how they exit from us either to their rewarding career, or to a transfer university of their choice, while creating good access to universities and ensuring their success when they get there,” said CLC President Dr. Lori Suddick.

CLC President Dr. Lori Suddick and NPU President Mary K. Surridge holding their respective school's pennants After meeting the requirements, students will be eligible to transfer into 24 traditional undergraduate degree programs or five accelerated undergraduate degree programs sponsored through NPU’s School of Professional Studies.

Photo: CLC President Lori Suddick, left, and NPU President Mary K. Surridge hold pennants of their respective schools

“We've created a great seamless pathway for meaningful, relevant degrees students can transition into,” Dr. Suddick said, “It's always a benefit to have guaranteed transfer opportunities for students with partners like North Park who are as deeply committed about doing the right thing for students as we are.”

NPU and CLC have had a strong connection in the past, with over 300 former CLC students completing their undergraduate degrees at NPU in the last five years.

“This is an agreement that will further formalize and expand upon the long standing and excellent relationship in education and success for our students,” said NPU President Mary K. Surridge. “This guaranteed admissions agreement and generous financial aid will help us extend this educational benefit to even more of our students, whether they come to us as traditional undergraduates or through the School of Professional Studies.”

Like CLC, NPU is a Hispanic Serving Institution, dedicated to serving diverse student populations and preparing future leaders to contribute in the workforce bringing fresh perspectives, creativity, and innovation.

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.