January 27, 2016

MOBILE, AL – Bishop State Community College and the University of South Alabama join in a partnership for the Pathway USA program. This academic partnership allows Bishop State students an opportunity to graduate with an associate's degree and then complete their bachelor's degree at the University of South Alabama.

The Pathway USA program will reinforce the relationship with Bishop State Community College and the University of South Alabama and expand postsecondary degree opportunities for students in our region.

"At Bishop State, our motto is 'A Great Place to Start' and the Pathway USA program is further evidence of that," said Bishop State Community College President Valerie A. Richardson (shown left in photo). "We are committed to serving our community in the best way possible, and this innovative initiative will greatly assist us in our mission."

"By partnering with Bishop State, Pathway USA will enable more community college students to receive a degree from the University of South Alabama and provide these students with an earlier involvement in USA activities," said University of South Alabama President Tony Waldrop (shown right in photo). "Bishop State and South Alabama have a lot of history together, and we're looking forward to the next, exciting chapter."

The Pathway USA program will begin in 2016 fall semester and geared toward students who are not admitted at the University South Alabama as well as students who may simply prefer to begin their college education at Bishop State. These students may choose to have a copy of their USA application and supporting documents forwarded to Bishop State for admission consideration. Students already attending Bishop State may also apply for Pathway USA. A unique application will be created and available for Bishop State students to complete and submit.

Bishop State 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 Bishop State and provide individual guidance on course selection and map out degree plans
  • Reverse Transfer agreements that will allow Bishop 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

Bishop State students who are interested in the Pathway USA program should contact the Bishop State Admissions office at 251.405.7005 or email admiss@bishop.edu.

About the Bishop State Community College

Bishop State Community College is a state-supported, open-admission, urban community college located in Mobile. The College consists of four city campuses, dedicated to serving the residents of Mobile and Washington counties in southwest Alabama. The College is part of the Alabama College System, the state-supported network of two-year community, junior, and technical colleges that serves the residents of Alabama. Bishop State instructors are in touch with labor-market trends and job requirements, so its students can be assured they will get the education they need for success. For more information, visit www.bishop.edu.

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: www.southalabama.edu.

See: Press Release in PDF



President's Office

Bishop State Community College

251-405-7130 (direct)


Prev Next