The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has again named two Antioch University campuses to its prestigious Transfer Honor Roll, recognizing these campuses’ dynamic pathways to completing undergraduate study and their strong support for transfer students. For Antioch Seattle this is the second consecutive year making the list, while Antioch Santa Barbara appears on the list for a third time. Says Mensima Biney, Antioch University’s Director of Admissions and Enrollment, “We were selected for this wonderful award because as an institution we support transfers and make the process as easy as possible.”
Each year, the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) names colleges and universities throughout the country on its Transfer Honor Roll in order to recognize and celebrate the robust pathways each recipient institution has created to support transfer students. Forty key metrics that directly connect to the experiences of transfer students are taken into account. These factors include cost and financial aid, admission practices, and graduation rates. From these rankings, the highest-rated 25% are named to the Honor Roll. Antioch University has an established history of receiving the honor of being named to the PTK Transfer Honor Roll, and this year does not disappoint with two campuses receiving the award.
“I think the honors achievement is a reflection of the individualized care each applicant or student receives,” says Lynn Dhanak, PhD, who serves as teaching faculty in the BA program at Antioch Seattle.
“Antioch is such a unique institution that supports students in a way that I have yet to see elsewhere,” says Biney. “We have a liberal transfer policy, [and] try our best to meet students where they are, and help them achieve their academic goals in as little time as possible!”
This award serves as a beacon to transfer students in search of the right undergraduate transfer path. The collaboration with Phi Theta Kappa also allows Antioch to offer scholarships to well-qualified students. Antioch Seattle offers an automatic scholarship to any undergraduate transfer applicant who is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. “Those funds can be stacked with additional internal and external scholarships, thereby making Antioch University a more affordable opportunity,” Biney says.
“I do early academic advising with students who have just been accepted into our BA programs,” says Dhanak, “and I find that often they are unaware that their hard work has qualified them for the Phi Theta Kappa membership and scholarship! It’s a joy to encourage them to apply and congratulate them on their achievement.”
Anna Kwong, Director Chair of Undergraduate Studies at Santa Barbara is also proud of her program appearing on the Honor Roll again. “We are honored to be selected and deeply appreciate that this is a remarkable accomplishment,” she says. “The very fact that we are among the selected, demonstrates how much we, at Antioch, care for and understand the needs of transfer students.”
Each year, Antioch University Santa Barabara offers two-year scholarships of $6,000 to five students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa. “The scholarship assists students with their financial needs, provides workshops,” says Kwong. She says that it also “elevates participants’ self-esteem and morale in pursuing their education through the recognition of their value as transfer students.”
The Phi Theta Kappa honor society is made up of more than 3.5 million members throughout the United States and ten additional nations. PTK members are exclusively eligible for $250 million in transfer scholarships from four-year college partners, and the PTK Foundation itself offers $1.5 million in scholarships to members per year.
Sammie Walimaki (she/her) is a MA student of clinical psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles. Her passions lay in practicing yoga, trying out new recipes, and getting out into nature. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.