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Survey of American College Students: Transferring to or from Other Colleges

Survey of American College Students: Transferring to or from Other Colleges

Student perception of what is better at other colleges

We asked: What do you feel might be better for you at another college?

Participants responding to this open-ended question were broken down by ACT and SAT score and gave a wide variety of responses.

For participants who scored 30 or higher the ACT or 1350 or higher on the SAT, comments tended to focus on academic resources, quality of education, graduate school programs, and cost-related issues. Other important issues were housing, social life, academic reputation, community and campus culture, and political climate.


This report helps its readers to answer questions such as: how likely are students to transfer? Which students are most likely to do so? Measure and benchmark transfer rates from student backgrounds defined by income, race, ethnicity, college major, regional origin, job status, ACT/SAT scores, college grades, and other variables. Quantify exactly how many have already transferred from other colleges. How many plan to transfer and how strong is this sentiment? The report enables its end users to pin down and benchmark transfer sentiments and rates broken out by innumerable useful variables. In addition the report presents a range of data on student satisfaction with their current college, the likelihood that survey respondents will recommend their college to a friend, and how they now view the value of their eventual degree vs. how they viewed it when they started at their present college.

Table 1.1 Have you ever transferred out of a college prior to graduation?
Table 1.2 Have you ever transferred out of a college prior to graduation? Broken out by age of survey participant
Table 1.3 Have you ever transferred out of a college prior to graduation? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
Table 1.4 Have you ever transferred out of a college prior to graduation? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant
Table 1.5 Have you ever transferred out of a college prior to graduation? Broken out by college year class standing

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