Rose State Makes Transferring to a Four-Year University Simple Published January 4, 2017


For many Rose State students, their time on our campus is spent with one goal in mind: transferring to a four-year university. In fact, we believe there’s no better place to begin your college career than right here. With smaller class sizes, one-on-one attention from professors, and high-quality instruction within a friendly environment, starting out at Rose State is the perfect way to embark on your higher education journey. Plus, most students end up saving about $10,000 when they complete their first two years of college at Rose State instead of going straight to a four-year university.  

Personal attention and money saving aside, Rose State makes the transfer process easy through articulation agreements with other state universities in Oklahoma. These agreements allow certain classes at Rose State to easily transfer and count for credit at four-year universities. This takes the guesswork out of transferring to another school — there’s no questioning which courses will count, which won’t, and which degree plans you’ll be able to finish on time. By working with a Rose State advisor, students can plan their course load accordingly and hit the ground running when it’s time to finish their bachelor’s degree.

Transfer Agreements with Area Universities

Rose State has transfer agreements with the following universities: 

  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • East Central University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Park University (Missouri)
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Oklahoma City University 

The agreements correspond to specific degree plans and programs at each institution, so it’s important to meet with an advisor before planning your transfer. We spoke with Keith Snyder, a student who took advantage of Rose State’s articulation agreement with the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) to complete his bachelor’s degree in education.

Keith Snyder, Ticket to Rose Participant and UCO Transfer Student

Transferring to a four-year university was actually not part of Snyder’s original plan, but as a student at Choctaw High School, he was eligible for the Ticket to Rose program, which influenced his decision to start out at a community college. Ticket to Rose is a program for local Oklahoma City and Mid-Del area students who attend high school near Rose State. “Because we live in OKC, our parents pay taxes that fund Rose State, so we’re able to attend at a really reduced rate,” Snyder explains. 

Many Ticket to Rose students receive scholarships that pay for most or all of their tuition. “It paid for all but two of the credits I needed,” Snyder says.

Snyder spent his freshman and sophomore year of college at Rose State before transferring to UCO. He was impressed with both the quality of education he received at Rose and the resources available to him as he navigated the transfer process.

“Rose State prepared me very well,” Snyder says.  “I think the biggest thing that surprised me was the help I received to figure out the whole process — of starting college and of transferring to another school. At a bigger school, you just don’t get that kind of attention.” 

Having the transfer agreements in place helps set up students for a smooth transition, but it’s the personal touch from Rose State advisors that really made a difference for Keith. “Ali Sexton had a huge impact on my time at Rose,” Snyder says. “She was my advisor and was so helpful. Kirby Harzman and Alicia McCullar in the Student Engagement office also really impacted me during my time at Rose.”

Going Somewhere Starts Here

Rose State’s faculty and staff are dedicated to helping students like Snyder embark on a path and follow through, whether that means completing an associate’s degree at Rose State and entering the workforce or moving on to complete a higher degree at another school. For high school seniors planning their next steps, Snyder highly recommends beginning a college career at Rose. 

Saving money is only one of the many benefits of starting your college education at Rose State. The smaller class sizes, personal attention, and easy transfer process help many students make the most of their undergraduate careers. Apply to Rose State today!