August 31, 2021
Colleges and universities lost about 191,500 transfer students in the 2020-21 academic year — representing a loss almost three times greater than the previous year’s decline of 69,300 students, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
Every type of transfer saw declines, but some held up better than most, according to the report. Upward transfers — students moving from two-year schools to four-year colleges — were relatively stable, declining only about 1.3%.
Meanwhile, lateral transfers, or those between the same level of institutions, fell 11.9%. And reverse transfers, which are those from four-year colleges to two-year schools, slid 16.2%.