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Top Schools with High Transfer rates

dshinkadshinka Posts: 440Registered User Member
edited May 2011 in Transfer Students
I went through the top 50 universities and compiled the top 50 universities and their transfer rates.

Summary: These schools all have >50% transfer admit rates (in order of ranking on US World News Report): Vanderbilt University, College of William and Mary, University of California--San Diego, University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Washington, University of California--Davis, University of California--Santa Barbara

I might point out that the best ranked university with a transfer rate of 50%+ is Vanderbilt AND they meet 100% of demonstrated financial need AND they admit transfers on a need-blind basis... I'm a transfer starting there this fall :D

Oh, and Harvard, Princeton and Yeshiva University didn't have transfer info on College Board.

Yale University
Percent applicants admitted: 9%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 751
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 24
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 3.20%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Percent applicants admitted: 12%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 288
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 16
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 5.56%

Stanford University
Percent applicants admitted: 9%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 1,180
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 25
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 2.12%

California Institute of Technology
Percent applicants admitted: 17%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 118
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 11
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 9.32%

University of Pennsylvania
Percent applicants admitted: 17%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 2,190
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 367
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 16.76%

Columbia University
Percent applicants admitted: 11%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 1,837
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 105
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 5.72%

Duke University
Percent applicants admitted: 22%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 479
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 25
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 5.22%

University of Chicago
Percent applicants admitted: 28%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 674
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 88
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 13.06%

Dartmouth College
Percent applicants admitted: 13%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 550
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 38
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 6.91%

Northwestern University
Percent applicants admitted: 26%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 1,151
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 253
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 21.99%

Washington University in St. Louis
Percent applicants admitted: 22%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 1,082
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 221
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 20.43%

Cornell University
Percent applicants admitted: 21%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 2,918
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 801
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 27.45%

Johns Hopkins University
Percent applicants admitted: 25%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 742
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 73
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 9.84%

Brown University
Percent applicants admitted: 14%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 972
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 117
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 12.04%

Rice University
Percent applicants admitted: 23%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 411
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 106
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 25.8%

Emory University
Percent applicants admitted: 27%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 581
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 195
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 33.57%

University of Notre Dame
Percent applicants admitted: 27%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 534
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 224
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 41.95%

Vanderbilt University
Percent applicants admitted: 25%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 533
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 298
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 55.91%

University of California--Berkeley
Percent applicants admitted: 22%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 12,371
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 3,232
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 26.13%

Carnegie Mellon University
Percent applicants admitted: 38%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 642
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 59
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 9.19%

Georgetown University
Percent applicants admitted: 19%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 1,707
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 311
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 18.22%

University of Virginia
Percent applicants admitted: 37%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 2,324
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 810
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 34.85%

University of California--Los Angeles
Percent applicants admitted: 23%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 15,075
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 5,200
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 34.49%

University of Michigan
Percent applicants admitted: 42%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 2,928
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 1,207
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 41.22%

University of Southern California
Percent applicants admitted: 22%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 8,305
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 2,436
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 29.33%

Tufts University
Percent applicants admitted: 26%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 748
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 148
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 19.79%

Wake Forest University
Percent applicants admitted: 38%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 325
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 83
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 25.54%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Percent applicants admitted: 34%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 2,953
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 1,158
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 39.21%

Brandeis University
Percent applicants admitted: 33%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 454
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 102
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 22.47%

College of William and Mary
Percent applicants admitted: 34%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 677
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 356
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 52.58%

New York University
Percent applicants admitted: 32%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 5,380
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 1,671
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 31.06%

Boston College
Percent applicants admitted: 26%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 1,803
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 166
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 9.21%

Georgia Institute of Technology
Percent applicants admitted: 61%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 1,356
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 500
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 36.87%

Lehigh University
Percent applicants admitted: 28%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 426
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 118
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 27.70%

University of California--San Diego
Percent applicants admitted: 42%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 9,871
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 6,443
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 65.27%

University of Rochester
Percent applicants admitted: 43%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 805
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 206
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 25.59%

University of Wisconsin--Madison
Percent applicants admitted: 53%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 4,271
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 1,952
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 45.70%

University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign
Percent applicants admitted: 69%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 3,019
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 1,657
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 54.88%

Case Western Reserve University
Percent applicants admitted: 73%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 287
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 124
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 43.21%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Percent applicants admitted: 44%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 328
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 199
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 60.67%

University of Washington
Percent applicants admitted: 61%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 3,799
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 2,120
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 55.80%

University of California--Davis
Percent applicants admitted: 53%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 8,321
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 5,853
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 70.34%

University of California--Irvine
Percent applicants admitted: 49%
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 5,461
Number of transfers who enrolled for fall term: 1,345
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 24.29%

University of California--Santa Barbara
Percent applicants admitted: 49%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 9,017
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 6,090
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 67.39%

Pennsylvania State University--University Park
Percent applicants admitted: 51%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 1,542
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 688
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 44.62%

University of Texas at Austin
Percent applicants admitted: 44%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 6,687
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 3,080
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 46.06%

University of Florida
Percent applicants admitted: 39%
Number of transfers who applied for fall term: 5,947
Number of transfers who were admitted for fall term: 1,493
Percent transfer applicants admitted: 25.11%
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Replies to: Top Schools with High Transfer rates

  • akalboyakalboy Posts: 847Registered User Member
    Well Harvard and Princeton don't take transfer students, so that'd explain why there's no data ;) Not sure about Yeshiva though

    But thanks for the compilation!
  • MacgruberMacgruber Posts: 115Registered User Junior Member
    Does the Cornell transfer acceptance rate include GT's? I'm guessing so.
  • dshinkadshinka Posts: 440Registered User Member
    Guaranteed Transfers?

    Well it says "applied" so I guess if Guaranteed Transfers had to apply, then yes. That would explain their unusually high transfer rate compared to other Ivies.
  • CCillinoisCCillinois Posts: 87Registered User Junior Member
    UC and other public schools are probably skewed because of the in-state acceptances from schools with transfer agreements. One of the UC schools has it listed somewhere...... they have a lot of information.

    These are 2008 rates? When do the 2009 rates expected??
  • jjay1jjay1 Posts: 111Registered User Junior Member
    I was accepted as a transfer this spring to Vanderbilt, and while researching the school I found those exact same statistics. It should be noted that those came from before the school instituted its new financial aid policy. The 2008 freshman admissions cycle had about a 33% acceptance rate, while this year's freshman class had one around 19% (what I've heard). The new financial aid clearly made the university must more competitive. However, Vandy does look favorably upon transfers, which is why the rate is relatively high.
  • dshinkadshinka Posts: 440Registered User Member
    UC and other public schools are probably skewed because of the in-state acceptances from schools with transfer agreements.
    Yeah, Florida has that, too, although the guarantee is just if you get an AA/AS from a CC, you're guaranteed admission into a Florida University, but not necessarily the one of your choice. If California has a similar policy, that shouldn't be skewing the transfer rates of the top UC's - just the bottom ones that are forced to take CC grads that couldn't make it elsewhere... Unless California has feeder schools - CC's that transfer directly into a UC?
    I was accepted as a transfer this spring to Vanderbilt, and while researching the school I found those exact same statistics. It should be noted that those came from before the school instituted its new financial aid policy. The 2008 freshman admissions cycle had about a 33% acceptance rate, while this year's freshman class had one around 19% (what I've heard). The new financial aid clearly made the university must more competitive. However, Vandy does look favorably upon transfers, which is why the rate is relatively high.
    I think those transfer stats might actually be reflective of this fall. And considering that the regular admit rate was 25% on College board, I'm guessing they averaged the 33% with the 19% (I know that (33 + 19)/2 =/= 25, but the 19% could have possibly been given higher weighting since more people applied in the 19% class - it was Vandy's largest pool of applicants historically or something...)
  • ohmadreohmadre Posts: 587Registered User Member
    Re: Post #2 - That is almost true, but they do each take a VERY limited number of tranfer students - probably barely quantifiable - they don't actively recruit. See this:
    The Harvard Crimson :: News :: Harvard Lags in Community College Recruitment
  • akalboyakalboy Posts: 847Registered User Member
    From Harvard's Transfer page....

    (Harvard College Admissions § Applying: Transfer Program)

    "Following the most thorough examination of its residential housing in Harvard's history, the Dean of Harvard College concluded in 2008 that the Harvard Houses cannot successfully accommodate any new transfer students. [...] Harvard does not admit transfer students to non-residential status."

    So while they may have taken transfers in the past, they are not taking transfer students, currently.
  • ironicallyunsureironicallyunsure Posts: 2,059- Senior Member
    thanks for this post :)
  • dshinkadshinka Posts: 440Registered User Member
    You're welcome! I'm thinking about doing another one for the top 50 LAC's when I have the time. My summer classes end in a few days and I need to study... I should get off of College Confidential lol
  • HannibalBarca09HannibalBarca09 Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    Just throwing this out there, but how much emphasis do the UC's put on what cc you came from?...given that the cc is inside CA.
  • HannibalBarca09HannibalBarca09 Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    ditto ironicallyunsure. This thread is very helpful.
  • karolw91karolw91 Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    Which is better for admissions? In state/out state student


    When transfering to a uni they show statstics: 90% in-state, 10% out of state(collegeboard.com). So does this means that its harder to get to that uni when you are out of state? Can please someone tell me how it works when applying to a uni, thank you
  • entomomentomom Posts: 23,339Super Moderator Senior Member
    I'm assuming you are asking about public colleges, because most privates have a more balanced number of IS & OOS students and they do not care if you are IS or OOS for admissions decisions.

    A public college will usually have many more IS than OOS students, because more apply. That said, it is often more difficult to get in as an OOS student, because one of the main mandates of a public university is to serve the students of that state. Often states have agreements between their CCs and 4-yr colleges, facilitating transfers. The UCs are a good example, although they are becoming more amenable to OOS students as long as they are willing to pay full OOS tuition w/o FA.
  • caronantcaronant Posts: 138Registered User Junior Member
    updated information on this for 2010???
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