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ETBU named on Phi Theta Kappa 2023 Transfer Honor Roll

June 29, 2023

East Texas Baptist University was recently named to Phi Theta Kappa’s 2023 Transfer Honor Roll. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), an honor society for two-year colleges, recognizes the importance of institutional commitment and investment of resources to support transfer students. The PTK Transfer Honor Roll acknowledges excellence and success in transfer pathway development.

“God has a unique path for each of our students, and our role is to help students follow that path,” ETBU Vice President for Enrollment Jeremy Johnston said. “The Transfer Honor Roll affirms the work the transfer admissions counselors are doing to help students enroll at ETBU. We have been intentional in reaching transfer students and it’s an honor to be recognized by Phi Theta Kappa.”

The Transfer Honor Roll was based on analysis from the National Student Clearinghouse, and on data submitted through the institution’s profile on PTK Connect, Phi Theta Kappa’s online tool designed to help students find their best-fit colleges and career pathways. The profile includes information about the University’s admissions practices, cost of attendance, campus life, recruitment practices, bachelor’s degree completion and student reviews. This year, Phi Theta Kappa named only 208 colleges and universities to its 2023 Transfer Honor Roll from across the United States. ETBU was selected as being among the most transfer-friendly colleges in the nation. This year’s PTK Transfer Honor Roll awarding for ETBU is the institution’s 6th consecutive recognition since 2018.

“The goal of most students attending community college is a bachelor’s degree, but few do because of financial barriers and the complexities of the transfer process,” says Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “We are proud to recognize the exceptional colleges and universities that go above and beyond to create accessible pathways to bachelor’s degree completion for community college transfer students.”

On average, 84% of PTK transfer students receive merit-based financial aid. To help ease the transition to a four-year university, ETBU offers an $11,000 scholarship each year to every Phi Theta Kappa transfer student.

About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) recognizes the academic achievement of college students and provides opportunities for its members to grow as scholars and leaders. Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa has a presence on almost 1,300 community college campuses in 11 nations. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges in 1929. More than 3.8 million students have been inducted since 1918, with approximately 250,000 active members in the nation’s community colleges, making Phi Theta Kappa a true catalyst among members and colleges.. Learn more at