Inaugural group of ADVANCE students enrolls this fall


Two new ADVANCE students at ADVANCE open house event on August 30, 2018.
Two new ADVANCE students at ADVANCE open house event on August 30, 2018.

by Preston Williams

George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) have welcomed the first group of students to the ADVANCE program, a partnership that provides a more seamless and affordable path to a college degree.

This fall, 129 students are enrolled across 21 majors, and more than 200 additional ADVANCE students are set to enroll this spring.

Michelle Marks, Mason’s vice president for academic innovation and new ventures, said the university expects to expand offerings to 50 ADVANCE majors by the 2019-20 academic year, and projections indicate that ADVANCE enrollment could swell to more than 6,500 students by 2030.

“We’re developing what could become a national model for supporting transfer students,” Marks said.

Read more in The George.


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