Whitman Joins SU Partnership to Provide Seamless Admission to Business School for OCC Graduates

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management announced a new partnership with Onondaga Community College (OCC), designed to support direct transfer admissions for OCC students to the Whitman School. This admissions partnership expands the August 2023 launch of similar agreements between select Syracuse University schools and colleges and OCC.


The Direct Transfer Admission Program Agreement guarantees eligible OCC graduates’ admission to the Whitman School at Syracuse University, and enables eligible OCC graduates the ability to complete a bachelor’s degree within four academic semesters. To leverage the Direct Transfer Admission Program, OCC graduates must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.4 in the business administration program. All admitted students with a 3.4 or higher will be awarded a merit-based scholarship of at least $10,000. The Whitman School will begin admitting students for this program beginning in the fall of 2024.


“We are excited to provide our students with this seamless pathway into Syracuse University’s prestigious Whitman School of Management. It is among the top 6% of business schools worldwide that have earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. We are extremely grateful for the tireless work done by our colleagues at Syracuse University and our leadership here at OCC to make this life-changing opportunity a reality for our students,” said Michael P. O’Connor, Onondaga Community College Dean of Business, Arts, and Sciences.


The Whitman Direct Transfer Admission Program acknowledges the high-quality business and management curriculum provided by OCC and is purposefully designed to ensure that admitted transfer students are successful and supported throughout their Whitman School experience. Whitman and OCC have jointly established student advising standards and course transfer requirements designed to support degree completion for eligible students within four academic semesters.


“The Whitman School is committed to welcoming students at all stages of their learning journey. This new partnership with OCC allows us to work collaboratively with a great local partner to enact a pathway to a business-related bachelor’s degree for residents of our Central New York Community. The initiative is also aligned with positioning students for exciting new careers stemming from our region’s partnership with Micron. We’re very pleased to finalize this exciting new partnership,” says Alex McKelvie, interim dean of the Whitman School.


For more information about the new agreement, or if you are interested in learning more, visit:  https://www.syracuse.edu/admissions/undergraduate/transfer/community-college-partnerships/#s:reverse-transfer-credit-agreement or contact Whitman Assistant Dean Lindsay Quilty at lquilty@syr.edu.



About the Whitman School 

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University inspires students for a world of accelerating change. Offering B.S., MBA, M.S. and Ph.D. programs, all accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Whitman School’s faculty includes internationally known scholars and researchers, as well as successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Whitman continues to be ranked among the nation’s top business schools by U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. To learn more about the Whitman School of Management, visit Whitman.syracuse.edu


About Syracuse University 

Syracuse University is an independent research university that advances knowledge across disciplines to drive breakthrough discoveries and breakout leadership. Our 13 schools and colleges and over 200 majors close the gap between education and action, so graduates are equipped to be resourceful, responsive and real-world ready. In and beyond the classroom, we connect people, perspectives and practices to solve interconnected issues with innovative approaches. Together, we’re a powerful community of game changers that moves ideas, individuals and impact forward. 


About Onondaga Community College

Onondaga Community College, Central New York’s partner in education for success, is a two-year college located on a 280-acre campus in Syracuse, NY. OCC is a SUNY (State University of New York) school and is locally sponsored by Onondaga County. We are the first public college in the nation to partner with Barnes & Noble College on the “Box of Books” program which provides students with flat-rate, predictable pricing for textbooks and technology. OCC is an Achieving the Dream college and was named “Military Friendly” and “Best For Vets” for our service to student veterans. We are proud to be partners in education with Micron Technology, and Amazon’s Career Choice Program which gives its employees a tuition-free path to the associate degree of their choosing. A report titled “The Economic Value of Onondaga Community College” shows students enjoy an attractive 21.7% rate of return on their educational investment. For every dollar of support from state and local governments, taxpayers see a return of $3.90 on their investments. The average annual rate of return for taxpayers is 9.3%. OCC’s 17 athletics teams have won 16 national championships. Learn more about the College at www.sunyocc.edu.



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