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May 9, 2013

Blinn posts highest transfer rate in the state

49.4 percent of eligible Blinn students transferred to top four-year institutions in 2012

Blinn College students are successfully transferring to some of the finest universities in the state at a rate unmatched by any other community college district in Texas.

Almost half of eligible Blinn students (49.4 percent) transferred to four-year institutions in 2012, more than any of the 49 other community college districts in the state, according to the 2013 Texas Higher Education Almanac,  released recently by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The statewide average is 27.8 percent.

“Nearly doubling the statewide average for successful transfers to four-year schools doesn’t happen by accident,” said Blinn President Harold Nolte. “Such an achievement is only possible through Blinn’s long-standing dedication to academic quality. Our partnerships with Texas A&M University, Sam Houston State University, the University of Texas at Austin and other topflight universities provide a pathway for our students to a baccalaureate degree, and beyond, if they seek it.”

The College’s transfer rate is bolstered by the strength of its Transfer Enrollment at Texas A&M (Blinn TEAM) co-enrollment program, which ensures automatic transfer to Texas A&M for qualifying students. Since 2001, this pioneering initiative has allowed the admission of hundreds of additional qualified students that would have otherwise not been possible due to freshman and sophomore enrollment constraints at Texas A&M.

Roughly 72 percent of Blinn transfer students continue their academic careers at Texas A&M while another 9.7 percent transfer to Sam Houston State University.

Blinn enrolled 17,989 students last Fall and has experienced 28.3 percent growth since 2006. Founded in 1883, the College’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its four campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its workforce education, technical training and vocational education programs.

Blinn was recently named one of the top community colleges in the state by Schools.com for its positive impact on the Texas economy and AffordableCollegesOnline.org recently listed Blinn among the most affordable large community colleges in the nation.