EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — September 17, 2014

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Student Transfer in Higher Education


Two thirds of Beginning Postsecondary Students (BPS) who entered higher education in 2003-04 remained at their first institution and did not transfer to a secondary institution during their undergraduate experience. Of the 34.6 percent who did transfer, 21.4 percent transferred once and 10.5 percent transfered two or more times. Students at two-year public institutions had the highest transfer rates (41.8 percent) with most of them transferring only once (26.9 percent).

Students who transferred once lost an average of 13 credits of previous completed work due to the transfer. However, 39 percent of students who transferred received no credit for their prior work, or an average of 27 credits. Approximately 32 percent of students who transferred to another institution were able to keep all credits, averaging 24 credits in total.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2004/09 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:04/09), Postsecondary Education Transcript Study (PETS).