Interstate Passport Briefing

Transfer Facts:Update to Tracking Transfer Series

See this latest update to the Tracking Transfer Report Series from the National Student Clearinghouse that focuses on the student mobility from two- to four-year institutions nationally. Student transfer outcomes for the 2012 cohort of first-time degree-seeking students are reported. The report provides five main outcomes: (1) overall two-year transfer-out rate, (2) transfer-with-award rate, (3) transfer-out bachelor’s completion rate, (4) transfer-in bachelor’s completion rate, and (5) community college cohort bachelor’s completion rate. See table below.

Of particular relevance to Interstate Passport: “Across all categories of two-year institutions we considered, the out-of-state transfer rate ranged from 16.4 percent to 22.2 percent. The students who started at rural community colleges (22.2 percent) and colleges that service primarily SES students (19.7 percent) were more likely to transfer out of state than students who started at any other category of school. The overall out-of-state transfer rate of 18 percent is surprisingly high, especially given the rising number of local articulation agreements, state-wide transfer policies, and low in-state tuition at public four-year universities.”

The report is available from NSC at

The first report of the series, Tracking Transfer: Measures of Effectiveness in Helping Community College Students to Complete Bachelor’s Degrees (2017), is available here: