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Transfer Enrollments Continue Pandemic-Driven Decline

Inside Higher Ed

Liam Knox

September 13, 2022

Transfer enrollment from two- to four-year institutions, already down in 2021, continued to fall through the second year of the pandemic, the National Student Clearinghouse finds.

Transfer enrollment from two-year institutions to four-year bachelor’s degree programs continued to decline during the 2021–22 academic year, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Transfer enrollments had already experienced steep decline during the pandemic’s first year, and the new report shows that trend continued into its second.

Doug Shapiro, the center’s executive director, called the report a “two-year retrospective” on the pandemic’s full effects on transfer rates. The results are concerning—transfer enrollments fell by nearly 14 percent during the pandemic, nearly twice as much as general enrollments fell during the same period—but, Shapiro said, not necessarily surprising. (This paragraph has been updated to correct Shapiro’s title.)