If you’re a parent or prospective freshman going through the college admissions process you probably see and feel much uncertainly ahead. Given concerns about COVID, remote learning and international enrollments, it’s reasonable to ask if the school that you choose this cycle will be the one where you will proudly hold up a diploma four-years later. But no one should go through freshman admissions to four-year colleges now thinking that they will go through transfer admissions later.
While many four-year colleges have transfer admissions agreements with community colleges, they could be tougher at assessing credits that come from another four-year school. I’m especially concerned that struggling regional public four-year colleges are going to lose freshmen to the community colleges because of costs. Those schools are going to bet more of their future on transfer admissions.
In my past posts on creative colleges I presented my thoughts about schools that could be winners at attracting freshmen in a COVID reality.
My hunch is that all of these schools will have more applicants than they need, and will have a full freshman class this fall.
Pre-COVID just over a third of college students who started at one four-year college finished their degree at another. Sometimes the motivation is to go to school closer or further from home. Other times the motivation is academic. But too often the motivation is to “trade up.”
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