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By Amanda Petrucelli

 DONALDSON – The word is out about record-growth at Ancilla College and 19 colleges and universities are on board, turning out for a transfer fair Wednesday, April 27.

Brian Welch, Ancilla associate dean of student success and retention, explained the fair kicks off Ancilla’s transfer pathway program to any of the 19 colleges and universities in attendance.

“We’re making it a real easy, smooth transition right from the get-go,” he said. “What we do is we give Ancilla students that great personal connection and the tool sets to succeed at a four-year institution. And, we also save them a lot of money. With us being the least-expensive private college in Indiana, you get a lot of bang for your buck.”

Welch and Dr. James Riley, Ancilla transfer outreach coordinator, have established relationships with each of the 19 schools so Ancilla students can be assured of a seamless transfer after two years.

“Working with Ancilla advising staff, we’ll transfer our graduates over so it won’t be a waste of their time and money,” he said.

Emily Robinson, transfer counselor from Butler University, explained that Ancilla students with a 2.5 GPA are welcome at Butler and 100-level credits are accepted with C- or higher.

“We love accepting students from junior colleges. It’s a good fit for them to knock out a lot of those general education courses initially and then specialize in their major at Butler,” she said, noting that the small class size and personal attention at Butler “mirrors” Ancilla and makes for a good fit.

Caylee Gee, a senior LaVille High School was checking out the Goshen College table because she is interested in staying close to home for her first two years of college but then maybe transferring to a four-year school.

“I think it’d be better to start closer and then transfer out,” she said. “I’m really close to my family.”

Brandi Chancey, on hand representing Manchester University said, “We saw more students and talked to more students than any other transfer day event we have attended in the past.”

Tim McLochlin, director of agriculture at Ancilla, brought a group of high school students interested in the Ancilla agriculture program to the transfer fair to give them an idea about their opportunities starting at Ancilla and then transferring, saving money.

“Ancilla is probably one of the fastest growing colleges in Indiana. Lots of new programs, lots of opportunities,” he said. “Agriculture at Ancilla is brand new and, with that, comes all kinds of options for our students. We’re going to have all kinds of leadership programs, judging teams, community service and a collegiate FFA chapter.”

Dustin Kerckhove, a John Glenn High School senior who is enrolled at Ancilla for fall 2016, said he attended the fair because he wants to double major in agriculture and business at Ancilla and then transfer out.

“It’s a nice college. I love the campus. It’s nice and small; it’s not too expensive. It’s a nice place to start out,” he said. He said he wants to transfer to Purdue University after two years. For now, he said, “I don’t like the big campus (at Purdue) and it’s a little expensive.”

Riley said, “The Transfer Fair is one of several key elements in providing for a smooth transition from a two-year degree to the baccalaureate. The strong collaborative relationships we have established will go a long way to assisting our students in making the transition.”

Colleges Involved in the Transfer Fair:

  1. Dominican University
  2. Trine University
  3. Huntington University
  4. Joseph’s College
  5. Holy Cross College
  6. Indiana Wesleyan University
  7. Purdue University
  8. University of Evansville
  9. Saint Mary’s College – Notre Dame, IN
  10. Butler University
  11. Valparaiso University
  12. Aquinas College
  13. Western Governor’s University
  14. University of St. Francis
  15. Indiana University South Bend
  16. Grace College
  17. Indiana Technical Institute
  18. Goshen College
  19. Manchester University
 Ancilla College (, part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 25 associate degrees, eight one-year certificates and has 20 athletic teams. Since 1937, the college has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.


Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is part of The Center at Donaldson. The college’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic; its climate, ecumenical. In a caring environment, Ancilla serves a diverse population, as we transform and empower students to achieve high academic goals, lifelong learning, successful careers and values-centered lives.


Ancilla College, founded in 1937, is a private, Catholic, not-for-profit, two-year college offering over two dozen associate degree programs. Students from 12 states and 15 countries live and learn at Ancilla.

Mail: P.O. Box 1, Donaldson, IN, 46513.

Location: 9601 Union Road, Plymouth, IN, 46563.

Call toll-free: 1.866.ANCILLA (866) 262-4552 or (574) 936-8898.


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