Baylor University and McLennan Community College Solidify Partnership with New ‘Baylor Bound’ Transfer Agreement
Media Contact: Lisa Elliott, McLennan Community College, 254-299-8460
WACO, Texas (Jan. 29, 2019) – Baylor University and McLennan Community College solidified their partnership with the signing of a new Baylor Bound transfer agreement that will help students transfer more easily between the two institutions and continue to expand educational opportunities for young people across the region.
Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone and MCC President Johnette McKown signed the partnership agreement during a ceremony today on the MCC campus in Waco.
“Many of our students seek a faith-based education, and this partnership helps make that possible in an affordable way at a great university,” President McKown said. “Having the opportunity to stay in their hometown means more students will choose to remain in Waco and McLennan County, and seamless transfer helps make this possible.”
The Baylor Bound program will serve highly motivated students from MCC who, upon meeting the program’s criteria, will transfer to Baylor to complete their baccalaureate degrees.
“Over the years, Baylor University and McLennan Community College have been collectively joining efforts to enhance educational opportunities for students in Central Texas. Today’s Baylor Bound signing represents our continued commitment and strengthening our partnership for years to come,” President Livingstone said. “I look forward to the program assisting students to become successful Baylor graduates who contribute to the world in meaningful and impactful ways.”
Participants in the new Baylor Bound program are offered opportunities to apply for specific scholarship programs, such as the Baylor MAC Scholarship, Baylor-MCC Cooperative Scholarships, Baylor-Waco Foundation/MAC Grants and the MCC Transfer Student Engagement Scholarship, which provides $3,000 per year.
Additionally, Baylor Bound participants have access to Baylor academic advisors who help students navigate the transfer process and specialized Major Academic Planners or MAPS, which provide detailed information related to what classes students should take to maximize their time at MCC and Baylor. Baylor transfer staff will be available at specific times throughout the semester at MCC to answer transfer students’ questions and “MCC Ambassadors,” who began at MCC and have already transferred to Baylor, will serve as peer mentors.
Interested students can submit their intent to transfer to Baylor by completing the Transfer Interest Form while enrolled as a full-time MCC student.
“In 2013, Baylor and MCC partnered together to create Baylor Bound, which was designed to provide MCC students with a more direct path to transfer to Baylor,” said Sinda Vanderpool, Ph.D., associate vice provost for academic enrollment management at Baylor. “Over the years, some facets of this partnership have changed, but there are two things that will remain the same—a deep commitment to one another and a deep commitment to helping students succeed.”
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Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.