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Once you choose your local community college, it’s important to choose your four-year college or university before you register for your first freshman course. The chart below will help you find four-year schools that give transfer students the best successes. Each dot is a school. Any school with a green hue has a significant number of transfer students on campus. Schools near the top have a good track record of graduating their transfer students, and schools to the right have evidence of career successes for their alumni. The larger the dot, the greater the per-student spending on instruction by the college or university.

Have fun exploring these colleges and universities. You can filter the schools by state or to one of our special groupings. If you hover over a dot, you’ll learn all about that school, and selecting a school in the chart will take you to our school page, where you can learn much more about the college or university. If you like tables better than graphs, you can swap views. You can also use our school explorer page to find colleges and universities that meet your specific needs.

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The colleges and universities included in the chart above were required to offer a bachelor’s degree as a core focus: each school’s undergraduate population could not be smaller than a quarter of the graduate population, if present, and the majority of undergraduate degrees awarded had to be at the bachelor’s level.
The seven-year repayment rate is the percentage of students who attended each school and used federal student loans who were able to make progress in repaying the principal on the loan within seven years of graduation. The loan repayment data is collected by College Scorecard. We have verified a close correlation between successful loan repayment and student earnings data as collected by the mammoth college mobility project conducted by Opportunity Insights. Loan data has the advantage that it can be observed much more quickly than long-term alumni earnings data. Schools to the right of the graph have the best repayment success.
The percentage of transfer students who receive any degree within 8 years is aggregated from IPED’s Outcomes section for the 2017-2018 academic year. This statistic is inclusive of full-time and part-time status as well as Pell grant status. Schools at the top of the chart have the best record in graduating students who transfer in. The dark shading indicates the middle 50% of graduation rates, and the lightly-shaded regions show the rates for all but the top and bottom 10% of schools.
The percentage of transfer students is also aggregated from IPED’s Outcomes section for the 2017-2018 academic year. Green-hued dots in the chart correspond to colleges and universities that admit larger percentages of transfer students. The orange-hued dots may have more restrictive admissions or less flexibility in making transfer credits apply towards graduation.
The per-student instructional cost is calculated from IPED’s Finances and Annual Enrollment sections for the 2017-2018 academic year. High instructional spending is a hallmark of most selective colleges and universities, and generally translates to a small student-to-full-time-faculty ratio and highly qualified faculty. Large dots correspond to colleges and universities with the highest instructional spending.
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