Transfer Student Success: Marissa Simmons

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Marissa Simmons is an Eastern alumna who transferred all her credits from her associate in arts degree, earned at Eastern, to Southern New Hampshire University, where she is working on a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.


Marissa Simmons

Degree(s) earned from Eastern and from other schools:

  • Associate in Arts (December 2021)

To what college/university have you transferred and what degree are you working toward?

I transferred to Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in January of 2022 to study towards a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

What is something you learned (content knowledge, study skills, technology, etc.) during your academic program at Eastern that you utilize in your current studies?

I have learned so much during my time at Eastern! My current criminal justice major is considered an English-based major, so a lot of my coursework involves research papers and essays. The classes I took at Eastern well prepared me for things such as navigating programs like Word and PowerPoint, and understanding MLA paper formatting.

Please share if courses, faculty, and/or staff at Eastern contributed to your career/educational success and how they helped:

So many of my instructors at Eastern offered helpful feedback and constructive criticism on assignments, and it was a great help in being able to improve my writing.

What advice would you give to current Eastern students who are looking to follow a similar path toward continued studies?

Eastern has so many different resources to help you succeed in college, take advantage of them! Eastern has several partnerships with different colleges that have a lot of helpful benefits. I was able to utilize a partnership between Eastern and Southern New Hampshire University for my current criminal justice studies, and as a result I was able to transfer all of my college credits from Eastern to SNHU, and I qualified for a tuition discount through their partnership with Eastern.

Please feel free to share recent accomplishments and achievements in your continued studies:

Since January of this year, I have had the honor of being named a member of the All-West Virginia Academic Team at Eastern, and have been named to the honor roll three times since transferring to Southern New Hampshire University. I am extremely blessed for both recognitions!

Are you an Eastern graduate? Have you completed an Ag workforce training program at Eastern? Are you a former Early Entrance student who transferred credits to another college or university? If you are, and you want to share your success story, we would love to hear from you! Email today!