New Transfer Agreement

For Immediate Release
January 26, 2024

New agreement offers seamless admission for Clark College students transferring to WSU Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Clark College and Washington State University Vancouver launched a new transfer agreement on January 22. The institutions partnered to create a seamless guaranteed transfer pathway for Clark College students who are completing an associate degree at Clark and plan to transfer to WSU Vancouver to complete a bachelor's degree.

Mel Netzhammer and Dr Edwards on the podium, smiling to each other.

The Guaranteed Admission program enables Clark College students to transfer seamlessly to WSU Vancouver and to reduce the time required to earn a bachelor's degree.

"This agreement will create a clear path for Clark students transferring to WSU Vancouver," said Clark College President Dr. Karin Edwards. "By removing barriers, more first-generation students and students of color can earn a bachelor's degree and help close the equity gap."

The program is designed to provide intentional support and guidance for students so the credits they take at the outset will transfer to WSU Vancouver. That results in students saving money, reducing student debt, increasing graduation rates of transfer students, and contributing toward a thriving Southwest Washington workforce and economy.

The impetus for the agreement:

Emily Meoz, Director of Advising and Career Services delivering her talk about the new transfer agreement.

Different from previous transfer system

Most Clark College students who transfer to a four-year institution choose WSU Vancouver. Clark graduates with a minimum 2.0 GPA already are guaranteed admission to WSU Vancouver, but it is not widely known or marketed directly to students. The previous transfer system required students interested in transferring to make the first move by contacting either a Clark advisor or the admissions office at WSU Vancouver.

The new transfer agreement is more intentional, explained Clark’s Director of Advising and Career Services Emily Meoz.

"This program takes the guesswork out of the transfer process for our students,” said Meoz. “Now, instead of waiting for students to come to us, we go to them. We will create intentional outreach to students to get them on the transfer pathway early."

Benefits to students:

How Clark students will become eligible for the transfer agreement:

This transfer program was developed by advising leaders from both Clark College and WSU Vancouver who participated in a year-long project focused on increasing transfer success and reducing inequitable graduation rates among underrepresented students.

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Washington State University has similar guaranteed admission agreements with three other community colleges. WSU Pullman has an agreement with Spokane Falls Community College, WSU Tri-Cities with Columbia Basin College and WSU Everett with Everett Community College.

About Clark College

Founded in 1933 and celebrating its 90th year, Clark College provides residents of Southwest Washington with affordable, high-quality academic and technical education. It is a public community college offering more than 100 degree and certificate programs, including bachelor's and associate degrees; professional certificates; high school diplomas and GED preparation; and non-credit community and continuing education. Clark serves a wide range of students including high school students, displaced workers, veterans, parents, non-native English speakers, and mature learners. Approximately three-quarters of its students are in the first generation of their families to attend college.


For additional information (for media inquiries & photo requests)
Maureen Chan-Hefflin, Clark College Communications & Marketing
T: 360-992-2243 E:

For Guaranteed Admissions program information:
Read "New transfer agreement" article or contact Emily Meoz, Director of Advising & Career Services
T: 360-992-2505 E: