SC State Transfer Program Cultivates Success

D’Metrius Dew

Portia Branch

The transfer program is dedicated to giving students from other institutions the opportunity to complete their studies at SC State University in the area of their choice.

The university’s admissions staff strives to make the transition for students as smooth as possible so they can earn their degrees and advance their career opportunities.

Transfer counselor, Rose Raysor, works to ensure that students, who transfer to SC State, receive the guidance and resources they need to make for a successful transition.
Raysor said, “We want students to be well prepared for their new adventure at SC State University. We are committed to supporting their success.”

A current transfer student and a former transfer student share their experience on transferring to SC State, shedding light on their journey here at the university and how it has contributed to their academic and personal success.

D’metrius Dew from Wilson, North Carolina, took the campus by storm as a leader and avid learner. A senior accounting major, Dew was inspired to attend SC State because of its family-oriented environment. He enjoys the numerous opportunities available to students, which allow them to be involved on campus. In fact, Dew, who is quite proud of his service to the campus, commits his time and talents to several organizations on campus.

Dew is the vice president of the campus’ 101 Black Men chapter, a student orientation leader, and a residential assistant for on-campus housing. He assisted with former Democratic Presidential Nominee, Hilary Clinton’s, “Get Out To Vote” campaign during the 2016 spring semester. Dew is also a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity.
Dew said, “It’s great to interact with other students as well as improve my leadership skills.”

He believes SC State is an institution that is filled with pride and he admires the determined individuals who make it great.

He stated, “I enjoy most the passion and enthusiasm that the students have for success.”

“It’s good to know that students leave here with great job opportunities and take their bulldog pride with them,” he continued.

Upon completing his undergraduate degree, Dew plans to join the United States Coast Guard and obtain a career in finance. He believes that this university is a foundation for success.

“My goal is to leave SC State University as a well-rounded individual,” Dew continued.

When he is not on campus, Dew works on projects in his hometown to better his community and uses those opportunities to educate others about SC State University.

Portia Branch, a recent graduate and former transfer student who majored in social work, was faced with the challenges that come along with being on a new campus, but she persevered with the help of several mentors on campus.

Branch said, “Initially, being a student here was difficult for me, but once I began to meet more people, my experience was nothing short of amazing.”

Branch says she was one of the first students in the Strategic Enrollment Management Initiative, a program in which students used corporate management tactics to assist the university in increasing student enrollment. Additionally, among the many activities she was involved in, Branch was a sports reporter for The Collegian student newspaper, a member of Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society, a Presidential Scholar, recipient of the Principled Action award from the Department of Social Work and was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Branch served as a legislative page for SC State alumnus and state senator, John Scott (D-Richland). Through this experience, she was able to learn more about public policies that impact social work, as well as the laws that govern the state of South Carolina.
Branch thanks many individuals who have helped her along her journey, including SC State alumna, Dr. Sandra Mack, who helped made it possible for her to attend this university.

Branch stated, “Transferring to SC State University was the best decision I have ever made.”

“I am forever a loyal daughter,” she continued.

Branch is currently a fifth grade science teacher at Westside Park Middle School in Newark, New Jersey.

Though employed as an educator, Branch plans to pursue more advanced learning in social work, with plans to work towards pursuing a master’s degree this summer. She also hopes to attend law school shortly after completing graduate school.

To get started on advancing your education, contact the Office of Admissions at (803) 536-7186 or [email protected] You may also directly contact Rose Raysor, transfer counselor, at (803) 533-3601 or [email protected]

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