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Fall 2009 College Transfer Acceptance Rates Added

September 19, 2010 in Admissions, All Transfers, Community College Articles, Four-Year Transfer Articles, Stats

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We just added the recently released Fall 09 transfer admissions numbers for some of the top schools in the US (the Top 50 National Universities according to US News).

Check it out by clicking here, or by hovering over the “Stats” tab at the top of the page and clicking on the first option in the dropdown menu.

Additionally – because we love you, obviously – we also put together a table comparing the transfer admissions rates in 2009 and 2008 at the same schools. Click here to check it out, or hover over the “Stats” menu and click on the third dropdown. It’s one thing to see what a college’s transfer admission rate was in a given year, but it’s even more helpful – we hope – to see how consistent (or not) the admissions rates are over a period of time.

Overall, it’s a pretty mixed bag. About 18 of the 50 colleges had their transfer admissions rates increase versus last year (that is, they were able to admit a greater portion of their applicant pool than the previous year), while 28 of the 50 became more selective (that is, they admitted a lower percentage of their applicants versus last year). Two (Harvard and Princeton) continued to not admit any transfers (though Harvard recently repealed that policy), and we couldn’t get the data from last year for another two (Yeshiva and U. Miami).

Obviously the transfer admissions rates are a function of a large number of factors (the quality of the applicant pool, the number of students that choose to apply, the spaces available given the admitting colleges’ own dropout/transfer out rates, etc.) so we don’t think it makes sense to draw too many conclusions from the data. Just use the stats as a metric to get a roundabout sense of how hard it may be to transfer to a particular school, knowing that the numbers can change fairly significantly, but not too dramatically in any given year. Either way, if you’re targeting a school and have good reason to transfer to it (such as any of the many successful real stories mentioned in the book), the stats shouldn’t affect your approach too much either way.

Question of the Day: Do you see any interesting patterns in the stats? Surprised that a particular school has a particular transfer admissions rate? Intrigued that a certain college’s transfer admissions rate changed so much? Let us know in the comments! We plan on following up with some of the schools to better understand their particular policies toward transfer admissions.

(Photo: jrossol)

by Lan Ngo

It’s Not Too Late to Apply to Transfer to Another College

July 1, 2010 in Admissions, All Transfers, Community College Articles, Four-Year Transfer Articles, Stats

Spring enrollment

Though many schools post their transfer application deadline as some time around March 1, that is not the case with all schools. We’ll look at three ways in which some colleges/universities are open to accepting transfer applications at a later time.

1. Deadlines are later for spring enrollment

People who want to transfer into say, NYU, in the fall of their sophomore/junior year must submit their applications by April 1st, which is later than the standard March 1st deadline. However, students that want to transfer the spring semester of their sophomore year have until November 1st, which means a lot more time than the April 1st deadline. Here’s the NYU transfer applicant info page: http://www.nyu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/applying-for-admission/transfer-applicants/important-transfer-dates.html

To browse a list of the many other schools that admit transfer students in the spring term, copy and paste this into the Google search box:

site:collegesearch.collegeboard.com Terms in which transfers may enroll: Fall, Spring

You’ll get a list of results that look like the image at the top of this post.

Effectively, you’re searching through the list of colleges featured on Collegeboard.com and extracting the colleges/universities that admit transfers in the spring.

2. Many schools have rolling transfer admission

That’s good news for those who need a late start on a second chance. These schools are happy to consider your application as long as space permits. While submitting your application ASAP is the best option, it’s never really too late to apply to transfer. Baylor University, DePaul University, and many other colleges/universities have rolling transfer admission. Similar to the above technique, to browse a list of such schools use Google to search:

site:collegesearch.collegeboard.com Rolling admission for transfer students

3. Some schools still have space for both freshmen and transfers

For one reason or another, these schools have spots that have yet to be filled. Check out the below list compiled by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Your best-fit school might just be waiting for you!

http://www.nacacnet.org/PublicationsResources/Research/SpaceAvailabiltySurvey/Pages/SpaceSurveyResults.aspx

The punchline of today’s post: if there’s a will, there’s a way, and it’s never really too late!

Update (11/5/10): We just added a table that goes through the transfer application deadlines (for both fall and spring entry, if applicable) for some of the top schools in the US (the Top 50 National Universities according to US News). We also threw in whether or not the college uses the common application and the application fee for each college (though bear in mind all the colleges listed accept fee waivers for financial hardship). Check the table out by clicking here or by hovering over the “Stats” tab at the top of the page and clicking on the last option in the dropdown menu.

Colleges with Highest Transfer Acceptance Rates

October 17, 2009 in Admissions, All Transfers, Community College Articles, Four-Year Transfer Articles, Stats

Just added numbers for the colleges with the highest transfer acceptance rates.

Check it out by clicking here, or by hovering over “Stats” tab at the top of the page.

As always, take the numbers with a grain of salt. The numbers change each year, but these should give you a sense of some of the particularly transfer friendly colleges out there.

Enjoy! And don’t be shy about getting in touch with us!

Fall 2008 College Transfer Acceptance Rates Added

September 16, 2009 in Admissions, All Transfers, Community College Articles, Four-Year Transfer Articles, Stats

Just added Fall 08 transfer admissions rates for some of the top schools in the US (the Top 50 National Universities according to US News).

Check it out by clicking here, or clicking on the “Stats” tab at the top of the page.

We wanted to give everyone a sampling of the most popular schools that students might be curious about. Keep in mind there are about 2,500 four-year colleges in the US.

As with all statistics, take them with a grain of salt. The numbers change each year, and, if you can make a strong case for transferring, your odds will be much better than what you see here (and, of course, the opposite is true too).

As always, feel free to contact us by using the form on the right of this page, or commenting! We read everything.