Jones College Joins Pathway USA

By: Ebonee Burrell | Editor in Chief

The Pathway USA program welcomed Jones College as the sixth institution to join the program that streamlines the transfer process for students who earn their associate’s degree. Also, USA will now offer an early acceptance program for Jones College nursing students to enroll in the College of Nursing. 

With the partnership and early acceptance program, it will allow more Jones College graduates to transfer to South Alabama to earn their bachelor’s degree. 

“South Alabama has educated generations of Mississippians who are making positive impacts on their communities. We’re very excited to build on that success by bringing Jones College into our Pathway USA family,” said President Waldrop. 

Jones College is a community college in Ellisville, Mississippi and offers more than 80 academic and career and technical programs. 

“Our agreement with the University of South Alabama is providing another opportunity for anyone seeking a college education to have more pathways to obtaining a bachelor’s degree,” Dr. Jesse Smith, Jones College President, said.

Previous Pathway USA partnerships included Coastal Alabama Community College, Bishop State Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Pensacola State Community College, and Northwest Florida State College.

Students in Pathway USA will have additional benefits at USA that may include:

  • Guaranteed admission to USA upon successful completion of the associate’s degree
  • A USA academic advisor assigned to them who will provide individual guidance on course selection and map out degree plans 
  • Special discounts through USA’s Jaguar Productions 
  • Complimentary admission to USA athletic events under the same terms and conditions as regular full-time USA students, including Jaguar football games on campus at USA’s new Hancock Whitney Stadium

The USA College of Nursing and Jones College nursing program promises to promote and foster collaborative relationships between USA and Jones College. 

For any additional information on Pathway USA or the College of Nursing Early Admission Program can contact USA’s Office of Admissions at 251-460-7834 or, or Jones’ Rachel Jefcoat at 601-477-5446 or