Most Students Transferring from a Two-Year College Go On to Complete Four-Year Degrees

Herndon, Va. — Aug. 6

More than 60 percent of students who transferred from two-year schools in the 2005-06 academic year obtained degrees at four-year institutions, according to a new report.

Moreover, another 8 percent remained in college and were still working on a four-year degree six years after transfer, according to a National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report.

The report is based on student-level data made available to Clearinghouse by its more than 3,500 participating colleges and universities, including 98 percent of students attending public and private nonprofit post-secondary institutions.

Studying six-year outcomes of students who transferred during the 2005-06 academic year, the report also found that:

Most students transfer from two- to four-year institutions without first receiving a credential from the two-year institution, which is consistent with findings from previous reports.

Baccalaureate attainment rates were higher for students who transferred with a two-year degree or certificate (72 percent) than for those who transferred without a credential (56 percent).

Students transferring to a four-year public institution had a 65 percent completion rate compared to a 60 percent completion rate for those transferring to a four-year private institution.

The gap in the six-year completion rate was large — 26 percentage points — between students who transferred to a four-year institution within one year of their most recent enrollment at a two-year institution and students who transferred after stopping-out for more than one year.

There is a negligible difference — less than 2 percent — in completion after transfer between women and men.

Students attending full time after transfer had a better chance of graduating than those who attended part time or with mixed enrollment — 83 percent, 24.8 percent, and 62.1 percent, respectively.

Source: National Student Clearinghouse

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