“Pathway USA” Guides Faulkner State Students to South


Posted on January 19, 2016 by Bob Lowry
Bob Lowry


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USA President Tony Waldrop, left, and Faulkner State Community College President Gary Branch sign a Pathway USA agreement to increase opportunities for success for college students on the Gulf Coast.

The University of South Alabama has announced a partnership with Faulkner State Community College that should result in more Faulkner State graduates transferring to South to earn their bachelor’s degrees.

The program is called “Pathway USA” and its goal is simple; to increase opportunities for success for college students on the Gulf Coast.

“The University of South Alabama is committed to making a college education more affordable and accessible,” said University of South Alabama President Tony Waldrop. “We believe Pathway USA will be a very effective means to achieve that and it is exciting that Faulkner State shares our commitment.” The program will be launched beginning with the 2016 fall semester. 

Pathway USA is geared toward students who are not admitted at South as well as students who may simply prefer to begin their college education at Faulkner State. These students may choose to have a copy of their USA application and supporting documents forwarded to Faulkner State for admission consideration. Students already attending Faulkner State may also apply for Pathway USA. A unique application will be created and available for Faulkner State students to complete and submit.

“This is a great win for our students who wish to continue their education at USA,” said Faulkner State Community College President Gary Branch. “I’m looking forward to the positive impact Pathway USA will have on Faulkner State Community College and our region.”

Students who enter the Pathway USA program will have unique benefits, such as:

  • Guaranteed admission to USA upon successful completion (cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher) of the associate’s degree
  • A USA academic advisor assigned to them who will meet students at Faulkner State and provide individual guidance on course selection and map out degree plans
  • Reverse Transfer agreements that will allow Faulkner State students who transfer to South without an associate’s degree to complete that degree after entering USA
  • Special discounts through USA’s Jaguar Productions
  • Complimentary admission to South Alabama athletic events

Persons wanting additional information on Pathway USA at the University of South Alabama are urged to visit the Pathway USA website, contact USA’s Enrollment Services office at 251-460-6494 or email enrollmentservices@southalabama.edu.

About the University of South Alabama

The University of South Alabama is a global teaching and research university that provides more than 16,000 students with an exceptional education in business, the liberal arts, education, engineering, computing, the sciences and health care. USA’s commitment to student success includes small class sizes and hands-on research opportunities in 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs offered through nine academic colleges and schools. USA offers advanced and innovative health care through the USA Health System.  For more information, visit the University of South Alabama website, www.southalabama.edu.

About Faulkner State Community College

Faulkner State Community College, a member of the Alabama Community College System, is a public, two-year institution located on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Faulkner State serves more than 5,000 students across three campuses, multiple instructional sites and via distance education.  With unique programs such as Veterinary Technology, Animation & Visual Effects and Industrial Maintenance, Faulkner State provides students opportunities in a variety of academic and technical programs to suit their educational goals, all with Alabama’s lowest tuition. For more information, visit www.faulknerstate.edu.


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