Wait-listed students can take community college classes while living in University of Tennessee at Knoxville dorms, reports the Commercial-Appeal.
Bridge students . . . can live on UT’s campus and have access to UT’s facilities and perks (even football tickets), but they will spend their first year taking classes at nearby campuses of Pellissippi State Community College.
If, by the end of that first year, they have at least 30 transferrable hours and a GPA of at least 2.5, they will automatically gain full enrollment in UT their sophomore year.
UT’s Bridge was inspired by a similar partnership run by Clemson University, which resulted in higher retention rates for transfer students, said Vern Granger, UT’s director of undergraduate admissions. Bridge students will be integrated with UT life when they transfer. “It puts them ahead of the curve,” he said.
Ttwo-thirds of Pellissippi students say they want to transfer to a four-year institution.