The number of transfer students in 2011 (from either a two-year or four-year institution) increased to 2,110 students (63 percent from community colleges, 1,371 students; and 37 percent from four-year institutions, 739 students). Transfer enrollments increased significantly under the university's Vision twenty12 strategic plan; in 2006 DePaul served 1,412 transfers, 49 percent fewer transfer students than today. (See Graph 1.)
Approximately 40 percent of all students who graduate from DePaul enrolled as a transfer student. Completion rates for transfer students at DePaul are higher than national averages for other private institutions.
Most transfer students (70 percent) enter in fall quarter. Transfers enter with varying amounts of previously earned college credit. Ninety percent of transfers from community colleges enter as sophomores or upper-level students; 72 percent of transfers from four-year institutions enter as sophomores or upper-level.
Six-year graduation rates for sophomore and upper-level transfers from community colleges are higher than for similar transfers from four-year institutions (See Graph 2 and Graph 3). Students who obtain more credits before entering DePaul generally have better outcomes.
Similar to what national data reveal, transfer students who attend part-time are at significantly higher risk to not complete a degree at DePaul than students who attend full-time. (See Graph 4.)
Methodological Notes: Who is included: All non-SNL transfers from 2-year or 4-year institutions; all (non-SNL) transfers entering in all quarters (fall, winter, spring and summer) of a given academic year. Retention/Graduation measurements: In order to get the most robust rates, the status of each student was determined at the Fall quarter of each year. In other words, the rate describes the percent of students of the cohort who enrolled or graduated by the Fall quarter of the year. Cohort indicates academic year of entry (2009 cohort = 2009-10 academic year). For additional questions on transfer student research, please contact Joe Filkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.