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Nicolet College - A bachelor's degree for many starts in Nicolet's University Transfer Program


The path to a bachelor’s degree for many Northwoods
students starts in the Nicolet University Transfer Program


Posted Monday, Dec. 20, 2010
For four decades the Nicolet College University Transfer Liberal Arts program has served as a launching pad for thousands of Northwoods students who have set their sights on earning a bachelor’s degree.

trigUnder the program, students complete the first two years of the four year-degree needed to pursue their career dreams.

The variety of careers Nicolet Transfer students have gone into is as broad as academia itself, ranging from engineering and education to natural resources, medicine, law, and just about everything in between.

“That’s one of the beauties of the program,” said Kenneth Urban, vice president of teaching, learning and student success at Nicolet. “When students graduate with the two-year Transfer associate degree from Nicolet, they’ve laid the groundwork to be successful in the next stage of their education and also in their chosen career field.”

Universally, Nicolet Transfer students enjoy affordable tuition, saving thousands of dollars over starting at a four-year college or university. Small class sizes that average 15 students give the personalized attention that leads to a high quality education.


Student Stories

Rhinelander native Kaitlin Marquardt started her bachelor’s degree at Nicolet and will graduate this spring from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a bachelor’s of science in biochemistry.

“I loved Nicolet,” said Marquardt, who was recently accepted into graduate school for Biochemistry at UW-Madison. “If I wouldn’t have gone to Nicolet I probably never would have transferred to Madison and be where I am today.”

For Marquardt – and many others students – the transfer program gives them the option to explore different academic fields. This is an important opportunity for many students, especially those younger who have just graduated from high school and are unsure about which direction they want to pursue.

chemMarquardt attributes her time at Nicolet with helping her recognize her passion for chemistry.” My chemistry instructor was great,” she said. “He really inspired me and helped me realize how much I love chemistry.”

Rhinelander native and former Nicolet Transfer student Cassandra Smith feels the same way about her time at Nicolet. “Right out of high school I was unsure about what I wanted to do,” Smith said. “It was at Nicolet that it really dawned on me that I could have a career in art and that really motivated me.”

After Nicolet she transferred to the Milwaukee Institute of Art where she earned a bachelor’s in fine art degree. Today, Smith lives in Milwaukee and recently launched Fine Line Magazine, a high-end art publication that is a work of art in and of itself.


Credit Transfer Agreements

To smooth the path to a bachelor’s degree, Nicolet has focused on developing scores of credit transfer agreements with numerous four-year public and private universities. These include agreements with every college in the University of Wisconsin System, including UW-Madison, where students with at least 54 Nicolet Transfer credits and a B average are guaranteed admission to UW-Madison.

“The driving force behind creating these many partnerships is to help students achieve their dreams of earning a bachelor’s degree,” Urban explained. “Students put in a lot of hard work completing the first two years of the degree at Nicolet and we want to make it as easy as possible for them to continue their education at four-year colleges and universities.”