City Colleges of Chicago and Talladega College have created a partnership that will ease the transfer of qualified students to the oldest historically black private liberal arts college in Alabama. This announcement brings the number of transfer partnerships available to City Colleges students to 36, and marks the 27th transfer partnership specifically for Star Scholars.

“We’ve seen the need to partner with those four-year institutions that our students want to attend locally, and to seek out colleges throughout the country that recognize the value our students bring to campus – and who can provide the supports to help them pursue their bachelor’s degree,” said City Colleges Chancellor Juan Salgado.

The transfer partnership offers students who earn their associate degree with a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average guaranteed admissions, in addition to benefits such as priority housing and registration and transfer scholarships. Star Scholars who graduate from City Colleges with a 3.0 grade point average are eligible to receive a $2,000 per year scholarship for up to two years.

“Talladega College prides itself on preparing students for the global community through academic excellence, moral values, community service and professional development. This transfer initiative is a great opportunity for both Talladega College and City Colleges. With the growth and addition of a new residence hall, student center, and museum at Talladega College, City Colleges students will be able to thrive at Talladega,” said John W. Bell, Director of Admissions for Talladega College.

Talladega College is the seventh Historically Black College or University (HBCU) with which City Colleges has a formalized transfer agreement. Targeted efforts to create partnerships with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) member institutions has increased the number of opportunities available for City Colleges students seeking a unique HBCU experience. Other HBCU transfer partners include: Benedict College, Clark-Atlanta University, Fisk University, Florida Memorial University, Lane College, and Stillman College.

City Colleges is also part of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide agreement that allows transfer of the completed Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum between participating institutions. In addition to the seven HBCU partnerships, City Colleges has transfer agreements with the following four-year institutions across the state and across the country: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago State University, Columbia College, DePaul University, Dominican University, East West University, Elmhurst College, Governor’s State University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Illinois State University, Kendall College, Loyola University, National Louis University, North Park University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Northern Illinois University, Olivet-Nazarene University, Roosevelt University, Robert Morris University, School of the Art Institute, Saint Xavier University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of St. Francis, Arizona State and Marquette University.

With approximately half of City Colleges students transferring to four-year universities within two years of graduating, transfer partnerships are an important support that help students connect to targeted resources, including advising and scholarships at their transfer destination. These partnerships are one of many supports that City Colleges students looking to transfer have access to, including assistance finding the right-fit transfer institution, application fee waivers, writing centers for essay support, and dedicated transfer staff who host workshops and other events to prepare students to transfer.

More than 800 Star Scholars have already transferred to more than 95 four-year colleges and universities. More than 600 of those students have gone on to attend one of the Star Scholarship transfer partner schools, where they have earned more than $3.8 million in scholarship offers.

Students interested in this transfer opportunity are encouraged to speak with the transfer director at their college, and visit to learn more. ​