UA, Shelton State Create Bridge Program

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama and Shelton State Community College have signed a memorandum of understanding creating the Shelton State Bridge Program for students transitioning from SSCC to the Capstone. The institutions’ leaders held a ceremonial signing at Shelton State’s Martin Campus on April 15. 

The Bridge Program creates a pathway to the University for up to 150 Shelton State students who meet the minimum requirements of 24 completed college credit hours, a 3.0 GPA and good academic standing. The program extends the existing relationship between UA and Shelton State, which was formed last fall. In August 2023, the institutions signed an articulation agreement that created a defined transfer process and access to scholarships, academic advising, career coaching, and counseling.  

“The University of Alabama stands firm in its commitment to facilitating transfer students’ seamless transition into our esteemed institution. This commitment is exemplified by our partnership with Shelton State Community College,” affirmed UA President Stuart R. Bell. “We aim to streamline the transfer process, allowing students to concentrate on pursuing their bachelor’s degree at the Capstone and forging remarkable futures.”

Shelton State President Jonathan Koh and Alabama President Stuart Bell shaking hands
Shelton State Community College President Jonathan Koh and UA President Stuart R. Bell

Under the new agreement, Bridge Program students will have access to student services at UA to encourage familiarity with the campus and ease the transition from Shelton State to UA. Services include access to Crimson Tide athletics tickets, the UA Student Recreation Center, parking, UA Career Center and UA ACT card. 

“We are excited to further extend our relationship with the University of Alabama and continue to look for new ways for our students to be successful as they transition from Shelton State,” said Dr. Jonathan Koh, Shelton State Community College president. “This partnership will now expose more than 100 SSCC students to hundreds of new degree programs to help continue their education and prepare for the growing workforce in our state.” 

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