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"Who is a transfer student?"

A transfer student is someone who has earned credits for study at one school or institution but, for whatever reasons, wants to go to a different institution and bring over the credits she or he has earned.

Vertical Transfer (or a traditional, forward, upward, 2/4): A student transfers from a two-year institution to a four-year institution.

Lateral Transfer: A student Transfers from a four-year institution to another four-year institution or from a two-year institution to another two-year institution.

Reverse Transfer: A student transfers from a four-year institution to a two-year institution (this may include students who enroll temporarily, perhaps for a summer term).

37.2% of college students transfer at least once within six years - National Student Clearinghouse, 2015

58% of four-year colleges say transfer students will be more important to overall recruitment strategy in next 3 years - 2013 NACAC Report


Four Reasons Students Transfer


1. Attended a two-year school and went to continue at a four-year school


2. Changing Majors, and another school has a better program for that major


3. Tuition or living expenses are too high at the current school or city


4. Attended a school that wasn't the best fit for one or more of a variety of reasons


We've helped countless students with the college transfer process and now we want to share our expertise with you.

  1. Take inventory of student preferences

  2. Develop an organization plan:

    • Understand reasons for transfer

    • Develop transfer college list

    • Connect with Transfer admissions reps

    • Request letters of recommendation, transcripts, test scores

    • Develop application materials

    • Develop personal statement

    • Submit applications

  3. Emphasize opportunities for personal contact with the school (esp. in sharing student's story)

  4. Start early for each deadline

  5. Be aware of Fall vs Spring start dates and how that might impact your transfer stratey

  6. Understand existing transfer admission data:

    • Acceptance rates

    • Minimum college credits and minimum GPA

    • College priorities (community colleges vs 4-year applicants)

    • Required coursework

    • High school information required (transcript, test scores, etc.)