Co-Lin, Alcorn announce new student transfer agreement

Alcorn State University and Copiah-Lincoln Community College have entered into an articulation agreement that will allow students who complete specific associate degree requirements receive guaranteed admission to Alcorn’s four-year degree programs. The presidents of the two institutions signed a memorandum of understanding Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in the Howell Garner Instructional Building on Co-Lin’s Natchez Campus.

The agreement covers the following majors — nursing, social work, education, chemistry, math, computer science, and business with an opportunity for future expansion of program offerings.

"We are extremely excited to continue to grow our long-standing relationship with Co-Lin Community College," said Dr. Felecia M. Nave, president of Alcorn State University. "It is important to remove barriers that may hinder students' access to college. This agreement allows our local students to seamlessly transition from a two-year degree to a four-year degree program. We want to make it as easy as possible to ensure students can continue their educational journey."

Each institution continues to break barriers of access for anyone who desires a higher education.

“This is an incredible opportunity for the Natchez community and the Miss-Lou region as a whole,” said Co-Lin President Dr. Jane Hulon Sims. “We are proud to elevate Co-Lin’s strong partnership with Alcorn in the signing of an agreement that will be mutually beneficial for our student bodies. This area of the state is fortunate to be served by two extremely strong higher education institutions that, when joined together can provide untold opportunities for the students we serve.”

The agreement focuses on several areas to ease the transition between the two institutions — ranging from enrollment and transfer, scholarships, and student support.

Co-Lin students who complete the program as outlined in the agreement will be awarded their associate’s degree and given the opportunity to finish their bachelor’s degree at Alcorn State University.

Scholarship opportunities are available for students participating in the joint program. Students who will transfer from Co-Lin upon completion of the program or earning an associate degree with a 3.00 - 3.20 grade point average will be eligible to apply for an academic scholarship of $3,000, and those with a grade point average of 3.30 or higher will be eligible to apply for an academic scholarship of $5,000. The scholarship is renewable for up to four consecutive semesters.

Co-enrolled students are eligible for benefits such as entrance to special activities, athletic events, student organizations, library usage, and Career Services.

About Copiah-Lincoln Community College 

Copiah-Lincoln Community College serves students in seven counties including Copiah, Lincoln, Simpson, Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, and Lawrence with the main campus in Wesson and commuter campuses in Natchez and Simpson County. The college serves students through more than 80 academic degrees, 37 career and technical programs, adult education, and workforce training. Co-Lin has been named one of the Top 150 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute and a Great College to Work For. The college has an annual enrollment of over 3,000 students, as well as more than 60 buildings and 525 acres of land. Learn more about Co-Lin at

About Alcorn State University 

Founded in 1871, Alcorn State University is the nation’s first public, historically Black, Morrill land-grant university. Alcorn State offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 50 top-degree programs. Located on 1700 acres in Lorman, Mississippi, with branches in Vicksburg and Natchez, the University is celebrating 151 years of academic excellence. In addition to its generous scholarship opportunities, Alcorn has earned nationwide recognition in nursing, biology, music, technology, agricultural research, and the liberal arts. Outside of the classroom, students are involved in NCAA Division I athletics as well as more than 85 organizations and clubs, including student-run radio and television stations, study abroad, and the 200-strong Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite Marching Band featuring the Golden Girls.

CUTLINE: Alcorn State University President Dr. Felecia M. Nave (left) and Copiah-Lincoln Community College President Dr. Jane Hulon Sims recently signed a new student transfer agreement between the two institutions.

Photo by Scarlett Hart

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