The University of Mount Olive and Pamlico Community College Partner to Enhance College Transfer

The University of Mount Olive and Pamlico Community College

Partner to Enhance College Transfer

MOUNT OLIVE- According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, 15 percent of community college students who transfer lose nearly all of their credits in the process, costing them precious time and money.  Another third lose a significant proportion of their credits. In all, students who transfer from any kind of college or university to another lose an average of 13 credits when they do, and nearly 40 percent get no credit for the work they’ve already completed.  That is exactly what a recent agreement between the University of Mount Olive (UMO) and Pamlico Community College (PCC) plans to guard against.

UMO and PCC have reached a partnership agreement that will enhance and expand options for community college students. Through the partnership agreement PCC students who have earned an associate of applied science degree can transfer seamlessly into an array of programs at UMO.

In the partnership, UMO and PCC will enhance and expand the University of Mount Olive’s participation as a signatory institution in the North Carolina Community College System Independent Colleges and Universities Universal General Education Transfer Component Agreement (UGETC). This agreement honors the transfer of associate of arts and associate of science graduates’ programs of study.  It also allows PCC students to be eligible to apply for all state and federal financial aid.

To make it even easier, the University of Mount Olive will regularly have an admission representative on site at PCC for advising students interested in transferring.  PCC will also encourage UMO to students by promoting the partnership in publications and on College website. PCC will also distribute UMO and UMO Bridge printed materials through PCC admissions, advising, and AAS degree program advisors.

UMO will provide current PCC students and recent graduates guaranteed admission and acceptance of appropriate transfer hours, up to 64 credits from specified AAS programs with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. PCC graduates will be eligible for consideration of the full range of academic programs at the University of Mount Olive locations.

The partnership between UMO and PCC is what Dr. Philip P. Kerstetter, president of the University of Mount Olive, says will create an excellent opportunity for community college students to continue their education and prepare them for the future.

PCC Interim President Dr. Maria Fraser-Molina said, “This agreement goes beyond your traditional transfer opportunities in Arts and Science.  It gives graduates of Pamlico Community College, who complete associate in applied science degrees that would otherwise be terminal, a seamless pathway to a four year degree.  UMO and PCC are partners in removing barriers to educational opportunities.”

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit

Left to right, back row: Neil Callahan, PCC Instructor of Early Childhood Education; Dr. David Hines, UMO Vice President for Academic Affairs;  Kasey Melvin, PCC Chair of General Studies and Allied Health; Luis Miranda, Director of UMO at New Bern; Michelle Willis Krauss, PCC Chair of Off-Campus Programs; and Jamie Gibbs PCC Vice President of Student Services.  Front row: Dr. Philip P. Kerstetter, President of UMO and Dr. Maria Fraser-Molina, PCC Interim President.