Approximately one-third of all college students transfer between institutions at least once according the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. In tough economic times, many students start at a community college and plan to transfer to complete their four-year degree. Others start may start at more expensive four-year institutions and find that they need to transfer to less expensive institutions.
However, transferring can be a risky business. There is the obvious concern of whether or not all your course work will transfer and be counted towards completion of your degree. Yes, courses can transfer and then only count as electives.
More worrisome is that fact that transfer students generally receive less financial aid than those who start at four-year institutions. Furthermore, according to the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, they are more likely to receive loans and less likely to receive grants than those who don’t transfer in.
Also, according the Digest of Education Statistics transfer students have lower graduation rates than those who begin at the four-year institution.
Given this information, it’s not surprising that colleges and universities with higher transfer-in rates tend to have lower graduation rates. This can be seen among the 50-50 schools.
The 25 private 50-50 schools with the highest transfer-in rates had graduation rates ranging from 49% to a high of 64% with only three schools with rates in the 60′s. Among the private schools with the lowest transfer-in rates, the graduation rates ranges from 53% to 83%. Only one school had a rate less than 60% and over half of the schools had rates over 70%.
The same pattern applied to public schools. Public 50-50 schools with the highest transfer-in rates had graduation rates from 49% to 67% with ten schools having graduation rates in the 60′s. For those with the lowest transfer-in rates, the graduation rates had a low of 52% and a high of 84%. Eight schools had rates of 70% or higher.
The fact remains that transferring is a reality for many students. Therefore, it’s useful to know which schools do have relatively high percentages of transfer-in students and still maintain their 50-50 status. It’s likely that transfer students to these institutions will find more resources targeted to improve the success rate of such students.
The following tables show the 50-50 schools with the highest percentage of transfer-in students. The four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate is used for public institutions.
Public 50-50 Schools with Highest Transfer-in Rates
|The Evergreen State College||WA||Public||20.9||51|
|University of New Hampshire at Manchester||NH||Public||19.9||50|
|University of Illinois at Springfield||IL||Public||19.5||60|
|The University of Texas at Dallas||TX||Public||15.4||57|
|The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey||NJ||Public||15.2||61|
|Central Washington University||WA||Public||14.6||49|
|SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry||NY||Public||14.1||65|
|Northern Illinois University||IL||Public||12.3||50|
|University of North Carolina Wilmington||NC||Public||12.2||64|
|Western Illinois University||IL||Public||11.9||49|
|University of Maryland-Baltimore County||MD||Public||11.8||50|
|George Mason University||VA||Public||11.6||59|
|California Maritime Academy||CA||Public||11.5||58|
|SUNY at Albany||NY||Public||11.2||63|
|Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts||MA||Public||10.9||51|
|Mississippi State University||MS||Public||10.8||54|
|Eastern Illinois University||IL||Public||10.7||54|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg||PA||Public||10.6||58|
|Washington State University||WA||Public||10.5||62|
|Missouri State University-Springfield||MO||Public||10.5||50|
|Maine Maritime Academy||ME||Public||10.4||66|
|Arizona State University||AZ||Public||10.3||52|
Private 50-50 Schools with Highest Transfer-in Rates
|Indiana Wesleyan University||IN||Private||18.1||56|
|Mount Mercy University||IA||Private||17.6||49|
|Bay Path College||MA||Private||17.2||58|
|The Sage Colleges||NY||Private||16.6||49|
|Maryville University of Saint Louis||MO||Private||16.0||57|
|Columbia International University||SC||Private||13.8||50|
|The College of Saint Scholastica||MN||Private||12.7||54|
|Vanguard University of Southern California||CA||Private||11.9||52|
|The Master's College and Seminary||CA||Private||11.5||55|
|Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences||MA||Private||11.1||55|
|John Brown University||AR||Private||11.1||55|
|Saint Joseph's College of Maine||ME||Private||10.7||49|
|Southern New Hampshire University||NH||Private||10.2||54|
|Mount Carmel College of Nursing||OH||Private||10.1||62|
|North Central College||IL||Private||9.7||50|