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Transfer Student Population Growing at SMU

Top grades may earn transfer students a scholarship to SMU

Transfer student Jenna Barrois (B.F.A. studio art December ’14) interning at the National Manufactory of Sèvres / Cité de la Céramique near Paris.

Jenna Barrois has fond memories of growing up in Paris. She remembers gazing at pretty porcelain artwork in the window of a gallery in the apartment building where she lived. Jenna moved to Dallas at age 19 so she could attend an American college, but she wasn’t quite sure what degree to pursue. She had always loved art, so when she started at Richland community college in 2010, she took drawing and photography classes.

It didn’t take long for her to discover that Richland, like all community colleges in North Texas, has a very special opportunity for a limited number of students with high grades: a potential scholarship to SMU. With her GPA topping 3.7, she scheduled a meeting with an SMU transfer advisor and learned which courses at Richland would be accepted by SMU. She took a tour of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and realized she could earn a B.F.A. degree in what she truly loved – studio art.

“We went to every room and studio in the Art Division,” says Jenna. “I remember thinking, ‘I just want to stay here!’” She sent in her application.

Hard work, great grades and a true love of the arts were in her favor. Jenna was awarded a transfer scholarship and became a Meadows student in fall 2012. In a fortuitous twist of fate, she also became a Meadows student intern for the very same company that operated the gallery in her old apartment building back in France; in summer 2014 she interned at the National Manufactory of Sèvres / Cité de la Céramique, where she learned the painstaking work of painting traditional porcelain plates. After she graduates from Meadows with a B.F.A. in studio art in December 2014, she will return to Sèvres for a second internship in the Manufactory in January 2015.

SMU Transfer Scholarships

The number of transfer students attending SMU is growing. In fall 2013, 921 transfers were attending SMU; as of fall 2014, that number had increased to 976. Many transfers come from North Texas community colleges, but the rest come from 41 U.S. states and from 44 countries.

Like Jenna, the prospect of a transfer scholarship attracts many to SMU. There are several kinds of scholarships transfer students may qualify for:

  • Honor Transfer Scholarships can be awarded to students with at least 50 transferable credit hours and a minimum 3.7 GPA who are transferring from two- or four-year institutions in the fall or spring term. Recipients are eligible for half-tuition for up to five terms.
  • Transfer Merit Scholarships can be awarded to students with a 3.5 transferable GPA and at least 50 transferable credit hours who are transferring from a two- or four-year college; such students are eligible for $1,500 per term for up to five terms. Fall- and spring-term entrants are eligible.
  • Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Supplemental Scholarships are the only scholarships that require a special application form with an advisor’s signature. The Phi Theta Kappa honor society awards $2,000 per year to its members transferring to SMU to be used as a supplemental scholarship to the Honor Transfer Scholarship (half-tuition) or the Transfer Merit Scholarship ($1,500 per term for up to five terms). In addition to the special PTK application form, applicants must be an active member of Phi Theta Kappa for at least one year at their current two-year college and have completed at least 50 transferable credit hours with a minimum 3.5 cumulative transferable GPA; two letters of academic recommendation are also required for this scholarship.
  • The North Texas Community College Scholarship Program awards 10 full-tuition scholarships for up to five terms to transfer students coming from North Texas community colleges located in Collin, Dallas, Grayson, Kaufman, Navarro or Tarrant counties. Candidates must complete at least 50 transferable credit hours with a minimum 3.7 transferable GPA and submit an essay and two or three letters of recommendation. They must complete their admission application by April 1 (fall-term entrants only). Selection is based on the student’s academic profile, demonstrated leadership, community involvement and unique life experiences.

There are many more details surrounding transfer scholarships. Read more about application requirements, deadlines and more.

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