This site presents data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC) on the number of students at public institutions who transferred in the United States and its territories both in-state and out-of-state for the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 cohorts. Each cohort of students is made up of first-time students of any age who began their postsecondary studies in one of these years. Cohorts include both full-time and part-time students, and exclude students who received any degree or certificate from a two- or four-year institution prior to 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 respectively. By design, the data is intended to provide a snapshot of student transfer patterns in the US and its outlying territories. Note that it tracks the first-time transfer only and thus does not reflect the total number of transfers by cohort, given that 45 percent of these students will transfer more than once. For more information on NSCRC methodology, cohort identification, transfer outcome, and small cell suppression click here. If you have questions, check out the FAQs here.

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Note the results presented on this site are based on guidelines set by NSCRC research practices and data has been suppressed for the following:
     * Fewer than 3 institutions by entry state and sector
     ** Fewer than 10 students by state, sector, and year
     *** Complimentary suppression

Student Transfer Destinations By State FAQs

  1. How is a cohort defined for this data? A cohort is all of the first-time, degree-seeking, students who enrolled in a public institution at the beginning of a certain fall term. Cohorts are tracked over a six-year time period.

  2. Who are the students in the cohorts? Degree-seeking students who enrolled in an institution in the fall term with a starting enrollment date between July 1 and October 31 and have completed at least one full-time-equivalent week of progress between August 15 and December 31. Students may not be dually enrolled in high school and college simultaneously in the relevant fall, nor have a record of prior dual enrollment, and may not have earned any degree or certificate prior to the enrollment in the relevant fall.

  3. How is transfer defined and what does the number of transfers represent? Transfer is defined as subsequent enrollment in a higher education institution different from the origin institution. The data presented capture the extent to which students change institutions at least once, i.e. they identify the first instances of student transfer. Additional enrollment changes occurring after the first transfer are not captured (e.g. transfer to a third institution, returning to the origin institution, etc.). Therefore, a student enrolling at a new institution for a short time then returning to the origin institution is still categorized as a transfer. The number of transfers represents the number of students in the relevant cohort who transferred to a different institution at least once during the six- year period. It does not represent the total number of students who transferred between institutions in any one year or combination of years.

  4. Why is data suppressed? Some details may be suppressed to preserve anonymity and protect the identity of individual institutions or individual students. Data for institutions is suppressed if there are fewer than three institutions by entry state and sector (2-year and/or 4-year institutions). Data for individual student transfers is suppressed if there are fewer than 10 students by state, sector, and year.

  5. What is the data source? The data is from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Data includes only public institutions, both 2-year and 4-year. Institutions must have submitted data to NSC for at least four years prior to being included in the data set for each cohort year.

  6. What defines a 2-year and 4-year institution? Classification of a 2-year and 4-year institution is based on IPEDS federal reporting. Note that in some cases IPEDS does classify schools that award both 4-year degrees and degrees of less than four years (AA/AS, certificates) as 4-year schools.

  7. How many public institutions submitted data for each of the cohorts?
    Cohort Year Four-year Public Institutions Two-Year Public Institutions
    2006 535 686
    2008 553 729
    2010 569 765
    2012 585 807
    2014 591 794

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