Transferring From Community College to University
Published on July 16, 2020
- Community colleges offer affordable education and a sense of place to minority students.
- Most community college students want to transfer to a four-year university, but few do.
- Closing the "transfer gap" is key to achieving equity in higher education.
Most jobs, including most of the highest-paying positions, require at least a bachelor's degree. While there are a growing number of paths to a bachelor's, one of the most affordable is to attend a two-year college and then transfer to a four-year school. Many low-income and underserved students start out at a community college with the intent of transferring to a four-year university.
Community college also serves as an important entry point to higher education for underrepresented groups. Minority and first-generation students at two-year colleges report a higher sense of belonging than those at four-year institutions. In 2014, community colleges enrolled 56% of all Hispanic and 44% of all Black postsecondary students in the U.S.
Given community colleges' racial diversity, improving the transfer handoff is key to improving equity in education. Of the 80% of community college students who intend to transfer, just <a href="https://www.csuchico.edu/ourdemocracy/_assets/documents/teaching/crisp_nunez_2014