One-third of US students transfer institutions within six years of starting college

July 8, 2015

The US National Student Clearinghouse Research Center has released a report on transfer and mobility for 3.6 million students entering college in the fall of 2008. According to the report, over one-third (37.2%) of these students transferred to a different institution within six years. This poses a significant problem in states with performance-based funding, as these transfer students may not be included in the funding calculations. Given the volume of transfers, it is no longer tenable to simply advise students not to transfer, said Afet Dundar, one the report’s authors; instead, “we need to figure out how to make those transfers hurdle-free,” she said. Chronicle of Higher Education | Full Report