UT, Owens Community College create Rocket Express Dual Admission Program

March 23, 2017 | News, UToday
By Christine Billau

The presidents of The University of Toledo and Owens Community College signed a dual-admission partnership called Rocket Express March 16 in Libbey Hall on Main Campus.

Rocket Express is designed to provide a seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree from UT starting at Owens Community College.

Owens Community College President Mike Bower and UT President Sharon L. Gaber posed for photos after signing a dual-admission partnership called Rocket Express last week in Libbey Hall. They were joined by Big E and Rocksy.

“The new Rocket Express Dual Admission Program is a wonderful opportunity for students to save time and money,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “We are proud to strengthen our relationship with Owens Community College to help students succeed and achieve the dream of earning a degree. This program will ensure a smooth, more efficient transition from Owens to UT and further contribute to helping the region.”

Students apply once for dual admission, work to complete their program of study at Owens, and then transition to UT with help along the way from both Owens and UT student and academic services.

New and continuing Owens students who meet qualifications can apply to take advantage of the program that guarantees admission to UT and charts a course to a four-year degree. With the help of a transfer specialist, this option allows students to save time by only taking classes that count toward their specific degree. 

“The seamless process of the Rocket Express program effectively removes any potential barriers that could hinder students from transferring from Owens to UT,” said Owens President Mike Bower. “The goal of both institutions is student success by offering programs that allow them to earn a degree and enter the workforce as smoothly as possible.”

Students can apply to enroll for the summer and fall semesters.

Currently, approximately 350 students a year transfer to UT after starting at Owens.

For more information, go to utoledo.edu/admission/rocket-express.

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