The College of Saint Rose signed an articulation agreement with Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) on Tuesday, June 19, which recognizes the academic achievements and provides a seamless and successful transition for students graduating with an associate’s degree from Bard College.

A day after the agreement was made official, over 50 students from the BHSEC program in Queens visited Saint Rose to celebrate this important partnership, learn about academic programs and offerings, and tour the campus.

“While we are here today discussing your future, we also want to stop and celebrate your achievements. Obtaining your associate’s degree while still in high school is a big deal and you should all be proud of the work you have done,” said Rachael French, associate director of transfer enrollment and articulation at Saint Rose. “This degree, and more importantly, the coursework will be accepted by Saint Rose to satisfy a variety of liberal education and major required courses.”

BHSEC provides students with a two-year, tuition-free college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences following grades 9 and 10. Students graduate with a high school diploma and up to 60 college credits and an associate’s degree from Bard College.

The program has a network of tuition-free colleges in Manhattan, N.Y.Queens, N.Y.Newark, N.J.; Baltimore, M.D.; and Cleveland, O.H. Students accepted into the program complete coursework in the arts, literature, mathematics, sciences, social studies, and world languages.

“BHSEC students with strong academic records are now guaranteed admission and credit transfer to The College of Saint Rose, a smooth path to a superlative institution,” said William H. Hinrichs, Ph.D., dean of academic life at Bard Early Colleges and BHSEC-Manhattan. “This document honors the impressive academic work our students have already completed, and anticipates the equally impressive work that they will surely undertake at The College of Saint Rose.”

Students can benefit from this agreement by saving time and money. Some will have the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degree at Saint Rose in two to three years. Others will have the flexibility to complete as little as 12 credits per semester, giving them the opportunity to join clubs, take on leadership roles, complete competitive internships, and volunteer around the community.

“The college application process grows more complex and challenging each year. It is only made more complex and challenging by the transfer of credits from one institution to another.  It is, therefore, gratifying to know that thanks to this articulation agreement,” said Hinrichs.