Best Colleges for Transfer Students

More than one-third of freshmen will switch colleges at least once while working toward a degree. At these 50 colleges, transfer students do as well as—and often better than—their peers on campus. To find the best, MONEY weighed a college’s transfer student enrollment and its graduation rate for transfer students.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations.

College Name
Overall
MONEY
Rank
Median SAT/ACT score
Est. price 2018-19 without aid
Est. price 2018-19 with avg. grant
4-year graduation rate for transfer students
Average student debt
Early career earnings
College Name
Overall
MONEY
Rank
Median SAT/ACT score
Est. price 2018-19 without aid
Est. price 2018-19 with avg. grant
4-year graduation rate for transfer students
Average student debt
Early career earnings
4
1
1320/31 $34,700 $15,300 90% $16,300 $57,500
7
2
1410/33 $37,900 $18,400 90% $14,200 $65,400
128
3
Atlanta, GA
1400/32 $68,600 $26,600 90% $17,200 $56,700
331
4
NA/NA $29,300 $15,500 83% $15,200 $47,700
22
5
1050/23 $24,600 $10,600 83% $15,000 $49,200
2
6
1310/30 $32,900 $15,900 85% $18,500 $58,600
38
7
1260/30 $37,000 $16,300 86% $16,500 $54,900
3
8
1200/27 $34,700 $14,800 86% $17,000 $54,900
79
9
1110/26 $28,900 $15,400 82% $15,300 $51,100
23
10
Gainesville, FL
1280/29 $21,600 $15,800 86% $15,800 $52,200
209
11
960/21 $44,100 $19,600 74% $21,500 $42,400
307
12
Rohnert Park, CA
980/22 $26,700 $17,400 84% $17,500 $50,100
84
13
1020/22 $28,000 $8,800 78% $15,000 $47,400
96
14
1180/28 $36,900 $17,500 83% $20,000 $53,500
89
15
920/20 $22,700 $7,100 78% $14,200 $47,900
110
16
Boston, MA
1170/27 $59,600 $32,000 83% $26,000 $51,300
185
17
1320/30 $72,000 $33,900 82% $27,000 $56,100
226
18
980/21 $27,400 $14,200 75% $17,300 $52,900
284
19
1290/30 $71,000 $42,500 81% $25,000 $56,200
301
20
1180/28 $61,000 $38,300 79% $24,500 $55,000
169
21
NA/NA $25,700 $11,600 70% $16,300 $53,900
61
22
1040/23 $28,800 $14,800 73% $15,000 $58,500
19
23
1410/32 $29,500 $14,300 79% $24,000 $68,100
122
24
1200/27 $22,300 $17,700 78% $20,800 $47,000
47
25
1030/24 $26,700 $13,500 72% $19,000 $53,600
49
26
910/19 $21,000 $8,100 74% $15,000 $47,000
298
27
960/21 $25,900 $9,600 75% $18,000 $47,900
207
28
1110/26 $24,100 $17,400 77% $19,400 $50,600
219
29
920/20 $60,800 $29,100 78% $25,000 $51,400
264
30
Romeoville, IL
1100/24 $46,500 $21,700 72% $24,600 $47,400
240
31
1110/25 $24,800 $15,700 72% $19,000 $44,800
62
32
990/22 $25,000 $14,700 74% $17,000 $52,700
17
33
1190/27 $29,200 $16,600 77% $18,800 $57,200
32
34
1070/24 $35,500 $13,800 77% $19,100 $51,600
221
35
Syracuse, NY
1110/25 $51,200 $25,100 77% $26,200 $47,300
204
36
1160/26 $21,900 $12,200 72% $19,100 $46,400
247
37
1230/28 $66,300 $44,000 77% $21,700 $53,800
97
38
1160/27 $29,900 $19,400 72% $19,800 $55,100
182
39
Glassboro, NJ
1130/25 $31,800 $19,400 71% $20,000 $48,400
252
40
1060/24 $48,900 $29,300 76% $23,900 $44,000
72
41
1250/29 $30,300 $19,100 73% $21,500 $54,300
189
42
1010/23 $45,700 $19,300 71% $25,000 $48,000
67
43
880/18 $24,800 $6,900 69% $16,500 $45,500
66
44
910/19 $20,900 $6,600 71% $15,000 $47,800
351
45
1180/26 $22,800 $16,700 70% $18,300 $46,400
218
46
1060/22 $31,000 $15,400 70% $21,100 $44,500
108
47
1110/24 $31,400 $12,400 72% $18,800 $52,800
201
48
950/21 $52,000 $25,600 67% $25,000 $46,700
315
49
1110/25 $56,100 $27,100 69% $25,800 $50,000
150
50
940/20 $26,400 $9,800 68% $15,800 $50,900
Rank
1
Santa Cruz, CA
Money rank
96
Median SAT/ACT score
1180/28
2
Washington, DC
Money rank
284
Median SAT/ACT score
1290/30
3
San Jose, CA
Money rank
61
Median SAT/ACT score
1040/23
4
Tallahassee, FL
Money rank
122
Median SAT/ACT score
1200/27
5
Pomona, CA
Money rank
47
Median SAT/ACT score
1030/24
6
Turlock, CA
Money rank
49
Median SAT/ACT score
910/19
7
Los Angeles, CA
Money rank
219
Median SAT/ACT score
920/20
8
Rochester, NY
Money rank
252
Median SAT/ACT score
1060/24
9
Clemson, SC
Money rank
72
Median SAT/ACT score
1250/29
10
Fresno, CA
Money rank
66
Median SAT/ACT score
910/19
11
Chicopee, MA
Money rank
201
Median SAT/ACT score
950/21
12
Long Beach, CA
Money rank
22
Median SAT/ACT score
1050/23
13
Irvine, CA
Money rank
3
Median SAT/ACT score
1200/27
14
San Diego, CA
Money rank
79
Median SAT/ACT score
1110/26
15
Gainesville, FL
Money rank
23
Median SAT/ACT score
1280/29
16
Rohnert Park, CA
Money rank
307
Median SAT/ACT score
980/22
17
Hayward, CA
Money rank
169
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
18
Romeoville, IL
Money rank
264
Median SAT/ACT score
1100/24
19
Chico, CA
Money rank
62
Median SAT/ACT score
990/22
20
College Station, TX
Money rank
17
Median SAT/ACT score
1190/27
21
Riverside, CA
Money rank
32
Median SAT/ACT score
1070/24
22
Joliet, IL
Money rank
189
Median SAT/ACT score
1010/23
23
Berkeley, CA
Money rank
7
Median SAT/ACT score
1410/33
24
Camarillo, CA
Money rank
331
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
25
La Jolla, CA
Money rank
2
Median SAT/ACT score
1310/30
26
Northridge, CA
Money rank
89
Median SAT/ACT score
920/20
27
Seattle, WA
Money rank
301
Median SAT/ACT score
1180/28
28
San Marcos, CA
Money rank
298
Median SAT/ACT score
960/21
29
Syracuse, NY
Money rank
221
Median SAT/ACT score
1110/25
30
Tampa, FL
Money rank
204
Median SAT/ACT score
1160/26
31
Fairfax, VA
Money rank
97
Median SAT/ACT score
1160/27
32
San Bernardino, CA
Money rank
67
Median SAT/ACT score
880/18
33
Los Angeles, CA
Money rank
4
Median SAT/ACT score
1320/31
34
Santa Barbara, CA
Money rank
38
Median SAT/ACT score
1260/30
35
Fullerton, CA
Money rank
84
Median SAT/ACT score
1020/22
36
Boston, MA
Money rank
110
Median SAT/ACT score
1170/27
37
San Francisco, CA
Money rank
226
Median SAT/ACT score
980/21
38
Bellingham, WA
Money rank
207
Median SAT/ACT score
1110/26
39
Glassboro, NJ
Money rank
182
Median SAT/ACT score
1130/25
40
Galloway, NJ
Money rank
218
Median SAT/ACT score
1060/22
41
Tacoma, WA
Money rank
315
Median SAT/ACT score
1110/25
42
Atlanta, GA
Money rank
128
Median SAT/ACT score
1400/32
43
Fresno, CA
Money rank
209
Median SAT/ACT score
960/21
44
Boston, MA
Money rank
185
Median SAT/ACT score
1320/30
45
Atlanta, GA
Money rank
19
Median SAT/ACT score
1410/32
46
New Paltz, NY
Money rank
240
Median SAT/ACT score
1110/25
47
Los Angeles, CA
Money rank
247
Median SAT/ACT score
1230/28
48
Orlando, FL
Money rank
351
Median SAT/ACT score
1180/26
49
Chicago, IL
Money rank
108
Median SAT/ACT score
1110/24
50
Sacramento, CA
Money rank
150
Median SAT/ACT score
940/20
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