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, and 2010 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 and 2010 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.
NSCRC methodology, cohort identification, transfer outcome, and small cell suppression
The data presented on this site demonstrates the public sector transfer activity of three cohorts of firsttime college students in the fall terms of 2006, 2008, and 2010, over the span of six years. The results
presented show patterns in studentsâ€™ 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
The study cohort was defined as students who fulfilled all of the following conditions:
Enrolled in fall 2006, 2008, or 2010 (defined as any term with a begin date between July 1 and
October 31 of the relevant year, while at least one full-time-equivalent week of progress was
completed between August 15 and December 31 of the relevant year).
Not dually enrolled in the relevant fall.
Did not have a non-dual enrollment record prior to the enrollment in the relevant fall.
Did not receive any degree or certificate prior to the enrollment in the relevant fall.
Limited to institutions having submitted data to NSC as of June 1 of four years prior to each
Transfer is defined as subsequent enrollment in an institution different from the origin institution. This is
provided that the student:
was not also concurrently enrolled at the origin institution, and
had not already completed a degree or certificate, unless the origin was a two-year institution.
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:
there were fewer than 3 institutions by entry state and sector
there were fewer than 10 students by state, sector, and year
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).