A flexible pathway to a bachelor’s degree
Information for graduates of Holyoke Community College (MA)
Goddard is a leader in transformative education that joins individual learning with action in the world. We cultivate knowledge, skills, and strategies that respond effectively to the changing needs of communities and circumstances.
Students who graduate with Holyoke Community College have a flexible pathway to earning a four-year degree at Goddard College. Our partnership agreement guarantees that all students who complete an associate degree at Holyoke Community College, and who have been accepted for admission into Goddard, may enter with the equivalent of 60 Goddard credits (level 5, or junior standing). Holyoke Community College graduates or faculty covered under the terms of this agreement will be issued a $1000 Partnership Grant if they enroll. The grant will be awarded to students in two $500 disbursements in their first and second enrolled semester.
How the partnership works:
- Graduates of identified Holyoke Community College programs retroactive to September 2016 are covered under the terms of this agreement and thus eligible to have Holyoke Community College work applied toward the identified Goddard College degrees.
- Goddard College degrees identified to accept credit from Holyoke Community College programs include: all BA programs. Note: The B.A. in Psychology is an upper-division undergraduate program that normally requires prior completion of 60 semester-hour credits to be considered for admission. HCC students considering Psychology should be in touch with the admissions office to discuss what additional coursework would best suit their application.
- Holyoke Community College graduates must apply and be admitted to a Goddard College program.
- Holyoke Community College graduates must submit, as part of their application for admission, an official transcript from their completed Holyoke Community College program.
- Inclusive of Holyoke Community College work, up to 75 semester-hour credits may be accepted toward the Goddard College Bachelor of Arts degree through any combination of transfer credit and/or credit awarded through assessment of prior learning (APL).
- Complete the Online Application for Admission and upload your application essay and any other supplemental materials. The application fee is waived for Holyoke Community College graduates.
- Submit your official transcripts. Ask that the registrar submit transcripts directly to the Goddard College Office of Admissions. In addition to submitting your official Holyoke Community College transcripts, please also send transcripts from any previously attended college or university.
- Schedule an admission interview with a counselor. Interviews are designed to better familiarize you with Goddard’s educational model and the expectations for student-designed, independent learning.
Contact an admissions counselor today at 800.906.8312 or request more information here.
Credit Assessment of Holyoke Community College Programs
Goddard agrees to accept at least 60 credits from any completed associate degree program at Holyoke Community College. The numbers below reflect the Goddard Wide-Knowledge requirements met by the General Education requirements at Holyoke. Additional requirements may be met upon review of an individual student’s transcript. In order to use transfer credit to fulfill Wide-Knowledge requirements, a student must have received a grade of 2.0 in the corresponding Holyoke course.
|Holyoke Program||Transferable Semester-Hour Credits||Goddard College Wide-Knowledge Degree Area|
|Associate in Arts||60||Arts & Humanities: 15|
Social Sciences: 9
Math and Natural Sciences: 11 Additional Credit Toward a Goddard Degree: 25
|Associate in Science||60||Arts & Humanities: 6|
Social Sciences: 6
Math and Natural Sciences: 8 Additional Credit Toward a Goddard Degree: 40
Wide-Knowledge requirements necessary to receive a BA from Goddard College are as follows:
|Arts & Humanities||12|
|Math and Natural Sciences||12|
|Social Justice Framework||6 (must be completed at Goddard)|
About Goddard College
Nestled in rural Vermont, Goddard is a small college for plain living and hard thinking. Goddard is recognized for innovation in education. Its mission is to advance the theory and practice of learning by undertaking new experiments based upon the ideals of democracy and the principles of progressive education asserted by John Dewey. At Goddard, students are regarded as unique individuals who will take charge of their learning and collaborate with other students, staff, and faculty to build a strong community. Goddard encourages students to become creative, passionate, lifelong learners, working and living with an earnest concern for others and the welfare of the Earth.
Low-residency education offers the best of what distance education, online programs, and traditional campus-learning offer: you will have the flexibility to study from home while also being a part of a living, breathing community of learners, faculty, staff and alumni – the larger community of Goddard College.
The progressive pedagogy at Goddard encourages students to pursue areas of unique interest that contribute to the global community and the earth through holistic and multidisciplinary approaches to learning.
- Flexibility: Goddard offers a flexible degree program that allows you to pursue a degree without uprooting or disrupting your life.
- Community: Spend 8 days of intensive study per semester in a community of your peers.
- Individualized Learning: Earn a degree that intimately connects the life you’re living with what you’re learning, and study that is directly relevant to the life you want to live.