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Transition to a 4-Year Degree

Continuing Your Education Journey

During your second year, our college transfer counselor will help you prepare for your journey to a four-year college to earn a bachelor's degree. After you graduate from Dougherty Family College (DFC), our college persistence counselor will support you to make sure you're successful in your new academic environment.

After students graduate from DFC, they are ready for the next step:

  • Continue at St. Thomas - students with a 2.5 GPA or above and in good standing with the University earn automatic admission into our four-year program.
  • Transfer to another Minnesota college or university, our courses align with the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

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Continuing at St. Thomas

Guaranteed Admission into Four-Year Degree Programs

If you graduate from the Dougherty Family College with a 2.5 GPA or above and have a satisfactory disciplinary record with the University, you’ll earn guaranteed admission into the four-year degree program at St. Thomas. Continue your journey as a Tommie as you earn your bachelor’s degree and join 73% of the Class of 2023 who decided to attend at the University of St. Thomas to continue their education!

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Find a Major Right for You

With a variety of pathways to follow, you have options when it comes to selecting your major. From Chemistry to Sociology, and so much more, find the degree that’s right for you.

  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Digital Media Art
  • Journalism
  • Environmental Science
  • Education
  • And more!
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Scholarships to St. Thomas

When transitioning to their four-year program, DFC grads will have the opportunity to apply to a variety of St. Thomas scholarships, including full-tuition scholarships.
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Transferring Outside of St. Thomas

Our courses were designed to align with the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). This means your coursework at DFC will count toward your 4-year college degree if you choose to transfer and should be recognized by colleges or universities in the Minnesota State System.

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Major: Mechanical Engineer

Jorge Monfil

“DFC gave me the opportunity to learn the working world through internships. In addition, the mentorship component of the DFC program has had a big impact on my life.”

Major: Environmental Science

Aiesha Osman

“The DFC community also had a huge impact on me...there is nothing but support and care coming from students, staff, and faculty.”