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Understanding Transfer Student Success Revisited: Transfer Students

Understanding Transfer Student Success Revisited: Transfer Students - Who are They and How Successful are They? 2002 MidAIR Fall Conference

At a large university system, two questions were addressed: 1) What characteristics help explain a transfer student's likelihood of graduating? And 2) Are transfer students more likely to graduate than first-time freshmen, when controlling for ability? Findings indicate that attending one of the residential campuses and transfer GPA were positively associated with graduating; being a minority student was negatively associated with graduating (N=11,150). Additionally, when GPA and credit hours were controlled, first-time freshmen (N=16,936) graduated at a higher rate than transfer students. These results validate an earlier study and are discussed in terms of how they affect the institution's transfer policies.

Reviewed 2011-03-30.