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

NSCRC methodology, cohort identification, transfer outcome, and small cell suppression.


The data presented on this site demonstrates the public sector transfer activity of four cohorts of first-time college students in the fall terms of 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012 over the span of six years for each cohort. The results presented show patterns in students' enrollment in multiple postsecondary institutions within and between states, focusing in particular on the timing of student transfer as well as on the level of origin institutions (in which students first enrolled) and of destination institutions (to which students first transferred).

Cohort Identification

The study cohort was defined as students who fulfilled all of the following conditions:

Transfer Outcome

Transfer is defined as subsequent enrollment in an institution different from the origin institution. This is provided that the student:
For those who started at two-year institutions, the transfer can take place before or after receiving a credential 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 patterns occurring after the first transfer are not considered (completion, returning to the origin institution, etc.). Therefore, even if a student enrolled at a new institution for a short time then returned to the origin institution, the pattern is still categorized as a transfer.

Small Cell Suppression

To protect the identity of individual institutions or individual students, the results were suppressed if either of the following conditions applied:
In some cases, the suppressed values could be inferred by using the subtotals. To provide more adequate protection for the suppressed values, it was then necessary to also suppress the associated subtotals (complementary suppression).

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