Transfer Acceptance Rates at US News Top 50

Students Entering Fall 2017*

US News rankCollegeTransfer rateTransfers appliedTransfers accepted
1Princeton UniversityN/AN/AN/A
2Harvard University1.00%155316
3.1Columbia University6.70%2536170
3.2Massachusetts Institute of Technology4.10%58124
3.3University of Chicago5.40%88148
3.4Yale University2.50%124031
7Stanford University1.40%223431
8.1Duke University6.70%119780
8.2University of Pennsylvania8.10%2715221
10.1Johns Hopkins University10.20%1105113
10.2Northwestern University15.10%1872282
12.1California Institute of Technology1.90%1553
12.2Dartmouth College0.50%8294
14.1Brown University5.10%186295
14.2Vanderbilt University29.70%1359404
16.1Cornell University17.90%4762852
16.2Rice University9.70%55554
18University of Notre Dame26.60%884235
19.1University of California - Los Angeles25.90%220505720
19.2Washington University in St. Louis20.20%1131228
21Emory University25.60%1000256
22.1Georgetown University15.90%2175346
22.2University of California - Berkeley23.20%186094316
22.3University of Southern California24.30%88332143
25.1Carnegie Mellon University6.90%82557
25.2University of Virginia39.70%25911028
27.1Tufts University9.60%1131109
27.2University of Michigan - Ann Arbor37.90%41411571
27.3Wake Forest University24.70%37392
30.1New York University25.80%78202014
30.2University of California - Santa Barbara55.70%166199261
30.3University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill34.50%35261218
33.1University of California - Irvine52.70%1955710309
33.2University of Rochester29.20%1053308
35.1Brandeis University31.40%599188
35.2Georgia Institute of Technology37.80%1909721
35.3University of Florida41.10%71942954
38.1Boston College16.60%1384230
38.2College of William and Mary44.90%858385
38.3University of California - Davis61.50%1676310317
41University of California - San Diego54.30%178239682
42.1Boston University52.00%39312044
42.2Case Western Reserve University23.40%487114
44.1Northeastern University26.10%3519920
44.2Tulane University26.50%1149305
46.1Pepperdine University29.80%717214
46.2University of Georgia72.80%25371848
46.3University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign45.80%49402263
49.1Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute49.40%451223
49.2University of Texas - Austin36.80%81893012
49.3University of Wisconsin - Madison51.70%38581996
49.4Villanova University31.70%877278

Data sources:,, school websites

*Some notes:

Why Fall 2017? US News releases its Top 50 every September, based on information from the previous fall. So these transfer stats for students transferring and starting school Fall 2017 is for the US News Top 50 rankings released September 2018.

Why these schools? They happen to be the Top 50 National Universities according to US News. We wanted 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).

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