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How many community college students transfer to other schools?

Skomsvold, P., Radford, A.W., and Berkner, L. (2011). Web Tables: Six-Year Attainment, Persistence, Transfer, Retention, and Withdrawal Rates of Students Who Began Postsecondary Education in 2003-04, Table 1.1-B (NCES 2011-152). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC.

Many students transfer from a community college to a 4-year college or university. Others transfer to a different community college or to a less than 2-year college.

Key Observations

  • Of the undergraduate students who began their postsecondary education at a community college in the 2003/04 academic year, nearly 4 in 10 transferred to another institution within 6 years (by spring 2009).
  • About 23% of the community college students in this cohort transferred to a 4-year college or university.
  • About 14% of the cohort transferred to another 2-year college, and a little over 1% transferred to a less than 2-year college.
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