Did you know?
- Over one-third of students transfer colleges at some point whether from community college to another university or from one university to another.
- Because of Covid-19 college transfer rate is at an all-time high because many students are not happy with how their colleges handle Covid-19.
- College transfer application is very much the same as regular application.
- College transfer is smart and is about taking control of one’s future for the first time.
Many immigrant students came to the age of middle school or worse, high school. Their parents spent large amounts of money and effort to reside in the best school district they can find. Those parents hope that the school will send them to the best college and have a bright future.
However, many colleges and universities require a minimum academic requirement for Freshman Application.
For example, an immigrant student who does not have 4 years of regular English in high school does not qualify for University of California Freshman admissions. This is very common among immigrant students who came at the age of middle school or high school and were put in the English-as-Second language program. Due to their language inadequacy, they are barred from many other courses that qualify them for many admission minimum requirements.
Lucky for many immigrant families and students, the path of going to community college first and transferring to their dream college is offered by many across the United State.
Check out the transfer rates of the following transfer-friendly universities
|School||Transfer Acceptance Rate||Number of Transfer Students Admitted|
|UMD Global Campus||99%||18,716|
|CSU Los Angeles||39%||13,837|
|CSU Long Beach||39%||13,387|
|San Francisco State University||90%||13,341|
|San Jose State University||69%||10,312|
|Florida International University||76%||9,584|
|Cal Poly Pomona||60%||9,352|
|University of Central Florida||59%||8,790|
|University of Houston||87%||7,544|
|San Diego State University||30%||7,519|
|University of South Florida||62%||6,677|
|University of North Texas||81%||5,874|
|Texas State University||87%||4,916|
|University of Texas at Arlington||69%||4,199|
If you want to transfer to more prestigious universities, you can see the transfer rates of Top-20 US News Ranked national universities.
|School||Ranking||Transfer Acceptance Rate||Number of Transfer Students Admitted|
|University of Chicago||6||5%||33|
|University of Pennsylvania||8||8%||197|
|Johns Hopkins University||9||11%||156|
|Washington U in St. Louis||14||26%||292|
|University of Notre Dame||19||43%||319|
More facts regarding transfer admission:
- 37% of students transferred at least once before earning their bachelor’s degree. 40% of the transfer students originated from a two-year community college. Transfer students are very common in the US.
- Transfer students have more versatile experiences and bring diversity to a college campus, graduate at a higher rate than freshman admits, and adjusts better to an independent lifestyle.
- Get a prestigious college name and save more than $5,000 a year compared to attending a four-year public school. Save even more if a student successfully transfers to a four-year top private school like USC or NYU.
- However, transfer students have less time to make adjustment to school campuses and their resources. Sometimes, they have difficult join with their peer groups since they join in the junior year when most students who started as a freshman already formed cohorts and interest groups.
I transferred from Pasadena City College to UC Berkeley and have been providing college transfer counseling for 4 years.
If you can prepare yourself for the transfer and plan ahead for the transferred college, you won’t miss too much.
The upside outweighs the downside.
Are you considering transferring from community college to your dream university?
- Speak to a counselor of your college and ask for the general requirement for college transfer, no later than the second semester of senior year in high school.
- Enroll in the first class in the community college during high school. I suggest English or Maths first.
- Use the Perfect 2-Year Transfer Timeline to keep track of your progress and To-Dos.
- Get 60+ transferable credits and apply for college transfer applications in 2 years.