College students showing record transfer interest
The number of college students exploring the idea of transferring permanently and short-term has hit a record high since the COVID outbreak, says a provider of higher education transfer software.
Since March, the number of college students conducting searches to transfer schools and credits has grown by double digits on the Transferology platform, according to its creator, CollegeSource.
About 400 colleges and universities subscribe to the service.
“The pandemic has fundamentally changed the in-person college experience and has shattered the previously-held notions of transfer pattern trends,” says Kerry Cooper, the CEO of CollegeSource.
Students are looking to permanently switch schools and also transfer credits to their home institutions, Cooper says.
The service has seen an average 124,000 new searches each month, with the platform recording its busiest month ever in May 2020, during which traffic grew by 32% compared to the same month last year.
From March through July, the number of searches conducted by students looking to switch institutions increased by 12.5% compared to 2019. The number of credit transfer searches rose by nearly 20%.