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Manhattan Community College Alliance Provides Seamless Pathway to Degree

Liz Connolly-Bauman
By Liz Connolly-Bauman
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Adelphi, Md. (June 20, 2023)—University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) and Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) have announced a transfer partnership enabling BMCC students to pursue a more affordable bachelor’s degree.

BMCC, the first community college in Manhattan, is now the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system, with more than 20,000 students.

“We are extremely proud to join with Borough of Manhattan Community College and provide students with a seamless pathway toward a bachelor’s degree through a process that will ensure UMGC accepts as much credit and prior learning as possible,” said Blakely Pomietto, senior vice president and chief academic officer at UMGC. “Through these types of alliances, the university is committed to supporting community college transfer students around the country in reaching their educational goals as affordably and efficiently as possible.”

Under the agreement, BMCC students who seek a four-year degree at UMGC will be guaranteed admission and allowed to transfer a minimum of 60 credits once they complete their associate degree. BMCC students, graduates and employees, as well as their spouses and dependents who attend the community college, will see their UMGC application fee waived and receive a 25 percent discount on out-of-state tuition for most programs of study.

BMCC is a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Its students from the New York City area and more than 155 countries can now select from UMGC’s more than 125 online academic programs taught by faculty who are experienced scholar-practitioners and leaders in their fields.

“BMCC’s mission continues to be about student success, and part of that success for our students is degree completion and transfer to a baccalaureate degree that will allow them to pursue a career and earn beyond life-sustaining wages,” said BMCC Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Erwin J. Wong. “The partnership with UMGC provides our students with just such an opportunity, especially since they offer a wide array of in-demand baccalaureate degree programs in areas, such as health care, business, IT, data science, and cybersecurity, in addition to liberal arts and communication. 

“Equally important, they offer their programs in an online modality that can accommodate the various life and work schedules that our graduating students have.,” Dr. Wong said.  “It is a fantastic option for many of our graduates.”

UMGC has an enrollment of some 90,000 students, more than half of whom are active-duty military personnel and their families serving on military bases around the world. It offers award-winning online, in-person and hybrid programs in biotechnology, cybersecurity, data analytics, information technology and other career fields that are in high demand in today’s increasingly technical, global workplace. UMGC also offers cost savings through its use of digital resources that have replaced publisher textbooks in most courses.

For more information, visit the university’s national community college alliances webpage.

About University of Maryland Global Campus
University of Maryland Global Campus was founded more than 75 years ago specifically to serve the higher education needs of working adults and military servicemembers. Today, UMGC is the largest provider of postsecondary education in Maryland and continues its global tradition with online and hybrid courses, more than 175 classroom and service locations worldwide and more than 125 degrees and certificates backed by the reputation of a state university and the University System of Maryland. For more information, visit

Borough of Manhattan Community College is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) and enrolls almost 20,000 degree-seeking and 11,000 continuing education students a year, awarding associate degrees in more than 50 fields. BMCC ranks No. 5 among community colleges nationwide in granting associate degrees to minority students, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education.