Where do college transfer students go after they earn their two-year associate’s degree?
It’s been a tough question to answer when you consider that colleges and universities have traditionally been focused on high school seniors. The transfer student who graduates from a community college has legitimately felt overlooked. But that reality could be changing for a couple of reasons.
Reason No. 1:
Four-year colleges and universities are courting community college transfer students much more aggressively than in the past. Highly selective schools such as University of Southern California and New York University have revved up their community college recruiting to help with their diversity numbers.
Reason No. 2:
With the economy stuck in the doldrums, private colleges lower on the academic food chain are also searching for transfer students to fill their slots. These schools need more students at a time when then numbers of families who can pay for college has dwindled.
Private colleges “really need to bring in fresh students who’ll be able to pay for four years,” says Tatiana Melguizo, an education professor at USC, who was quoted in an USA Today story. “But, if they can get transfers, who get financial aid from the government and other sources, they can at least get two years.
For community college transfer students wondering what their next step is, Phi Theta Kappa, the community college honor society, is beta testing a new online resource tool at CollegeFish.org. The new tool will help match up transfer students with four-year colleges that could be good fits.