States with largest student transfer-in rates amid pandemic
There were 10 states where the number of students transferring into schools in 2020 exceeded the number in 2019. These ranged from 0.3% in Oregon to 15.5% in Utah. (These figures were compiled by adding the data from all the four-year schools in each state where figures were available.)
Utah (No. 1) and Nebraska (No. 7) didn’t issue lockdown orders at the onset of the pandemic, but the vast majority of the top-ranking states did.
Most of Utah’s increase in transfer-in students came from Western Governors University, a fully online university based in Salt Lake City that saw just over 3,000 more students transfer into the institution in 2020 compared to the fall before.
By contrast, the University of Nebraska Omaha, which accounts for the most transfers in Nebraska, was a more traditional in-person educational institution pre-pandemic that offered online courses. Since, the school has frozen tuition rates through 2023 and decreased the cost of online classes to make it more in line with in-person courses.
Hawaii colleges and universities saw a 3.3% increase in students transferring to their institutions amid the pandemic. In fact, Hawaii was one of 10 states where the number of students transferring into schools in 2020 was greater than in 2019.
The Aloha State ranks No. 6 nationally with a 3.3% jump in the student transfer-in rate, followed by Nebraska (2%) and Montana (1.6%), a new study from online debt platform Student Loan Hero has found.
Hawaii-Specific Key Findings
National Rank: No. 6
Number of students transferring in in 2019: 3,284
Number of students transferring in in 2020: 3,394
Percent change: 3.3%
read … Full Report