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University of Iowa News Release


July 31, 2007

UI Expands 2 Plus 2 Transfer Plan To Include DMACC Students

The University of Iowa welcomed Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) to its 2 Plus 2 Guaranteed Graduation Plan this week.

More than 28,000 students taking courses at DMACC are now eligible to sign up for the UI's 2 Plus 2 plan. Under the program, UI advisors help students select the right DMACC courses to get an associate of arts degree and transfer to Iowa, where they are guaranteed that they can obtain a bachelor's degree after just two more years.

Also this week, the UI announced a new $1,000 2 Plus 2 Transfer Scholarship. Up to 25 of the scholarships will be awarded to incoming 2 Plus 2 students with the highest grade-point averages for the spring semester of 2008.

UI Provost Michael Hogan said the 2 Plus 2 plan helps the university better serve transfer students from Iowa community colleges, which accounted for more than 700 new students at the university last fall.

"Our goal is to facilitate the transfer process," Hogan said. "Des Moines Area Community College has a 40-year tradition of serving students across a wide spectrum of areas of study. For some of those students, transferring to Iowa is going to be a natural next step if they wish to pursue advanced degrees or additional study."

Ideally, students enroll in the 2 Plus 2 plan during their first year of community college study. But college-bound high school students also are encouraged to investigate the plan and its potential to save them time and money.

In addition to the early degree-planning assistance, 2 Plus 2 participants enjoy other UI benefits even before they arrive on the UI campus. With acceptance into the plan, students receive access to UI library and career-planning resources and discounted tickets to select university events with their UI student ID. Upon admission to Iowa, they also become eligible for the new 2 Plus 2 Transfer Scholarship, which they can apply toward tuition at the UI.

"DMACC is very pleased with the relationship it has with the University of Iowa and the benefits our students receive, knowing they enhance their lives because our institutions work so well together," said DMACC President Robert Denson.

DMACC offers associate degrees and certificates in more than 75 areas of study -- ranging from accounting to woodworking -- at its campuses in Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, Des Moines, Newton and West Des Moines.

The UI offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, and certificate programs in more than 100 areas of study on its Iowa City campus.

Currently, the 2 Plus 2 plan is available to students in select majors, including business, psychology, and social work. The UI will add all Iowa community colleges and more Iowa majors to the plan in the near future.

For more information about the 2 Plus 2 plan, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Tom Paulsen, assistant director of admissions, 319-335-1559,; Writer: Sara Langenberg

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,

OTHER INFORMATION: See previous releases on the 2 Plus 2 plan at:, and For information on DMACC see