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Undergraduate Transfer Patterns

Enrollment Statistics at a Glance - Undergraduate Transfers

In fall 2013, ten percent, or 32,560 undergraduates were admitted to Minnesota institutions with transfer credits from another institution. In addition, another 2,219 undergraduates were admitted to institutions having previously attended another postsecondary institution but their credits did not or could not transfer.

With recent improvements in the transfer process within Minnesota public institutions and improved access to online courses, transferring credits has become more common.

Most transfers occur within the first two years of college.

75 Percent of Undergraduate Transfers were Freshmen or Sophomores, Fall 2013
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Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Undergraduates Admitted as Transfer Students, Fall 2013
Transferred From
Transferred To

State College State University University of Minnesota Private College Private Career School Private Career Online School* Total
State College5,1343,4651,0696654351010,778
State University1,590381169861172,343
University of Minnesota66925847742611,075
Private College5042661981594721,176
Private Career School226757761692555
Private Career Online School*11136
Unspecified Minnesota institution216382383288
Out of State3,1741,4768875271844996,747
Institution Not Reported4,024541,0761,9161,1451,3779,592

*Currently this category includes Capella University and Walden University. These institutions have corporate offices in Minnesota. Their nation-wide enrollment is reported. Most of their students are graduate students and students enrolled from out of state.

Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Transfer Activity Increasing

The number of undergraduates admitted to Minnesota institutions with transfer credits in Minnesota increased by 55 percent from 20,963 in 2004 to 32,560 in 2013.

It is normally assumed that undergraduates who transfer do so from a two-year college to a four-year college or university, but this is not the case. Half of the transfer activity involves students transferring into a state college (two-year) from either a four-year institution or another two-year institution. Students tend to swirl around institutions to find the right academic or program fit.

To find transfer-out rates at individual institutions go to the College Navigator. Data are reported with the IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey to the National Center for Education Statistics.


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