Stetson signs transfer agreement with Lake-Sumter State College Honors Program

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Stetson University and Lake-Sumter State College have entered into a new agreement that creates the opportunity for LSSC Honors students, above, to transfer to Stetson’s Honors Program upon completion of their Associate in Arts (AA) degree.

Stetson University has entered into a new agreement with Lake-Sumter State College that creates the opportunity for LSSC Honors students to transfer to Stetson’s Honors Program upon completion of their Associate in Arts (AA) degree.

Michael Denner, PhD

Stetson’s Honors Program began in 1957, making it one of the oldest in the nation. Every year it welcomes around 80 students, 50 first-time-in-college students and 30 transfer students. There are about 300 students in the program at any time.

“I have been working with Lake-Sumter since January 2019, so this program is very dear to me,” said Michael Denner, PhD, director of Stetson’s Honors Program. “While I was visiting LSSC recently, a student summed it up beautifully. He said, ‘All my life everyone has told me to dream smaller. For the first time, people are telling me to dream bigger.’ Isn’t that what we are supposed to do?”

According to Denner, the Stetson Honors Program puts an emphasis on helping the individual. “For me, the essence of a Stetson education is its intentional focus on the individual student,” Denner said. “It’s personal, not institutional.”

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Students who enroll full-time, complete LSSC’s Honors Program and earn an AA degree can transfer to Stetson’s Honors Program to complete their bachelor’s degree. In addition, Stetson will provide scholarships to all qualified LSSC transfer students that equal the full cost of tuition and fees, after state and federal aid.

“We are truly pleased to add Stetson University as a transfer partner for our Honors program,” said Dr. Michael Vitale, LSSC vice president of academic affairs. “Data shows that our students outperform their peers from across the Florida College System academically when they transfer to a university, and we’re proud to create this transfer pathway for some of our top performing students.”

LSSC’s Honors Program began in August 2019 and offers an integrated curriculum that provides students with extensive opportunities to develop deeper learning through research, real-world experiences, and engaging extra- and co-curricular activities.

“This agreement is a validation of the work we are doing at the Honors Program and recognition of the quality of education and preparation that students receive in our program,” says Amber Karlins, LSSC Honors program coordinator. “Due to the rigorous nature of the Honors curriculum, transfer agreements between programs are rare.

“For many of our students, this agreement turns dreams into reality,” added Karlins.

About Lake-Sumter State College

Founded in 1962, Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC) offers a high-quality education at an affordable price to the communities of Lake and Sumter counties. As a proud member of the Florida College System, LSSC serves more than 6,000 students annually at three locations: Leesburg, South Lake (Clermont), and Sumterville. LSSC offers non-credit, certificate, and degree programs designed to support and prepare students for today’s dynamic workforce. LSSC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Learn more about LSSC at

About Stetson University

Founded in 1883, Stetson University is the oldest private university in Central Florida. Stetson focuses on intense learning experiences in a supportive community that allows students to develop their voice in a connected, inclusive environment. Stetson University ranks No. 4 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 list of Best Regional Universities (South), and has been recognized as one of The Princeton Review’s 386 Best Colleges, 2021 edition.