USC Accepts Significantly More Transfers than Other Private Colleges

The University of Southern California accepts far more transfer students than other private colleges, reports The Los Angeles Times.

According to the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics, Princeton University has not taken a transfer student in more than two decades. In fall 2015, Stanford enrolled 15 transfer students, and Yale enrolled 24.  Cornell and Georgetown, both known for accepting transfers, took in 497 and 186, respectively.

By contrast, USC accepted 1,505 transfers from 350 colleges, the Times reported. They made up almost one-third of new undergraduates. Approximately 800 transferred from a community college. Many were the first in their family to attend college, and most were on financial aid.

Terry Hartle, senior vice president of the American Council on Education, told the Times: "In any given year, about 1.6 million students in the country will enroll for the first time as a community college student. About 10% of those will transfer to another institution — so about 160,000. About 2% of those will go to a private university. So if USC alone enrolls 800, that’s 800 out of 3,200 . . . That's really dramatic."

Recruiting and accepting a large number of transfers has helped USC become more diverse; the university is no longer majority white, and about 23 percent of undergraduates are eligible for federal financial aid for low-income students.

Last year, USC spent more than $42 million in grants to community college transfers. In addition, the university offers various student support services to help them succeed, the Times reported. 


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