CRANFORD – Union County College student Beianka Tomlinson has been accepted to Princeton University as one of only 13 transfer students admitted for this fall. Beianka currently has a 4.0 GPA and will graduate from Union this month with her Associate Degree in Chemistry.

In addition to maintaining a perfect GPA, Beianka is an American Honors student, serves as president of the Student Government Association, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year colleges. Beianka is also a tutor in the College’s Academic Learning Center which provides free peer-to-peer tutoring to students.

This year, Beianka was a semifinalist for the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. In 2019, she was selected as a PTK Coca Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar.

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At Princeton, Beianka plans to major in chemistry. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine as a cardiovascular surgeon. She is passionate about racial prejudices in healthcare and is interested in studying diseases that disproportionately impact people of color. Beianka moved to the United States only two years ago and is a first generation college student.

“I am thankful to God, my family, my friends, and so many at Union County College for helping me to achieve this goal. The College’s chemistry faculty is outstanding, but in particular, Professor Sherry Heidary mentored and advised me. My honors advisor Jen Ross, SGA advisors Dr. Norelli and Jose Paez, and Black Student Union advisor Dr. Wrice all supported me and helped me balance academics, activities, and applications. I cannot thank each of them enough,” stated Beianka.

Princeton University began admitting transfer students in 2018 when they reinstated their transfer program. That year, and this year, they accepted only 13 transfer students with an acceptance rate of less than 1%.

“This is an amazing achievement for Beianka and a testament to her commitment to academics. We are incredibly proud of her and know she will continue to succeed at Princeton. I also want to thank the faculty and staff who have mentored and supported Beianka during her time at Union and throughout the application process. While she will become a Princeton Tiger in the fall, she will always be a Union Owl,” stated Union President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin.

For more information about Union County College, please visit www.ucc.edu or call 908-709-7000.