Transfer (vs. Freshman) Acceptance Rates

Looking to transfer into the school of your dreams? It’s important to realistically assess your chances of acceptance as transfer acceptance rates vary greatly among the nation’s selective colleges and universities. For example transfer students are accepted a rate lower than 5% at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, Caltech, and a handful of other highly-selective schools. On the other end of the spectrum, excellent schools like University of Georgia, Ohio State University, and Southern Methodist University all sport acceptance rates well above 50%. The numbers in the following table offer a sortable database of freshmen vs. transfer admission rates.

*Data collected from various institution websites and Common Data Set (CDS) forms.

Table Updated November 2021

InstitutionTransfer Admission RateFreshman Admission Rate
Adelphi University38%75%
Agnes Scott College54%68%
Albion College61%75%
Alfred University52%64%
Allegheny College33%73%
American University67%39%AU
Amherst College6%12%
Appalachian State University86%80%
Arizona State University Campus Immersion88%88%ASU
Assumption University57%81%
Auburn University59%85%
Augustana College55%57%
Austin College48%49%
Babson College29%27%
Ball State University50%69%
Bard College71%59%
Barnard College28%14%
Bates College10%14%
Baylor University92%68%
Belmont University71%83%
Beloit College57%58%
Bennington College70%60%
Bentley University47%58%
Berea College49%33%
Berry College83%77%
Binghamton University44%43%
Birmingham Southern College56%60%BSC
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania89%89%
Boise State University79%77%
Boston College24%26%BC
Boston University54%20%BU
Bowdoin College4%9%
Bowling Green State University53%75%
Bradley University61%73%
Brandeis University32%34%
Brigham Young University-Provo68%69%BYU
Brown University4%8%
Bryant University68%76%
Bryn Mawr College21%38%
Bucknell University37%38%
Butler University41%76%
California Institute of Technology5%7%Caltech
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo20%38%Cal Poly
Cal Poly, Pomona66%65%Cal Poly
California State University - Fresno73%90%Cal State
California State University - Fullerton54%68%Cal State
California State University - Long Beach39%42%Cal State
Canisius College56%76%
Carleton College16%21%
Carnegie Mellon University8%17%CMU
Case Western Reserve University34%30%
Catholic University of America57%82%
Central Michigan University65%69%
Centre College38%72%
Chapman University58%58%
Christopher Newport University63%76%
Citadel Military College of South Carolina51%80%
Claremont McKenna College11%13%CMC
Clark University39%47%
Clarkson University93%78%
Clemson University65%62%
Coastal Carolina University59%70%
Colby College13%10%
Colgate University29%27%
College of Charleston90%74%CofC
College of Saint Benedict87%84%
College of the Holy Cross34%38%
College of William & Mary60%42%W&M
Colorado College14%14%CC
Colorado School of Mines55%55%
Colorado State University-Fort Collins62%84%CSU
Columbia University in the City of New York10%6%
Connecticut College31%38%
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art15%18%
Cornell College82%82%
Cornell University18%11%
Creighton University56%77%
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College52%41%
CUNY Brooklyn College62%50%
CUNY City College48%51%
CUNY Hunter College35%40%
CUNY Lehman College40%42%
Dartmouth College29%9%
Davidson College18%20%
Denison University41%28%
DePaul University63%70%
DePauw University35%68%
Dickinson College40%52%
Drake University50%68%
Drew University90%73%
Drexel University52%77%
Duke University5%8%
Duquesne University79%77%
Earlham College52%59%
East Carolina University92%88%ECU
Eastern Connecticut State University84%70%
Eastern Kentucky University96%98%EKU
Eckerd College47%69%
Elizabethtown College58%86%
Elon University62%72%
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach51%61%
Emerson College68%41%
Emory University33%19%
Endicott College56%70%
Fairfield University45%56%
Fitchburg State University95%88%
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University47%33%
Florida Atlantic University84%75%FAU
Florida Gulf Coast University94%77%FGCU
Florida Institute of Technology60%70%FIT
Florida International University76%58%
Florida Southern College56%50%
Florida State University30%32%FSU
Fordham University54%53%
Franklin and Marshall College31%37%F&M
Franklin W. Olin College of EngineeringNA16%
Furman University80%65%
George Mason University84%89%GMU
George Washington University70%43%GW; GWU
Georgetown College37%72%
Georgetown University14%17%
Georgia College & State University84%86%
Georgia Institute of Technology38%21%
Georgia Southern University85%91%
Georgia State University62%67%
Gettysburg College44%48%
Gonzaga University64%73%
Goucher College60%79%
Grinnell College23%19%
Grove City College66%79%
Gustavus Adolphus College57%71%
Hamilton College21%18%
Hampshire College53%59%
Hanover College38%69%
Harvard University1%5%
Harvey Mudd College9%18%HMC
Haverford College23%18%
Hendrix College40%71%
High Point University67%77%
Hillsdale College25%36%
Hobart William Smith Colleges45%62%HWS
Hofstra University63%69%
Hope College53%78%
Howard University70%39%
Illinois Institute of Technology47%61%IIT
Illinois State University94%81%
Illinois Wesleyan University47%57%
Indiana University-Bloomington68%80%IU
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis65%79%IUPUI
Iowa State University81%88%ISU
Ithaca College56%76%
James Madison University77%80%JMU
John Carroll University62%88%
Johns Hopkins University7%9%JHU
Juniata College71%71%
Kalamazoo College33%74%
Kansas State University79%95%K-State
Kent State University at Kent93%84%
Kenyon College39%37%
Kettering University45%74%
Knox College62%71%
La Salle University53%76%
Lafayette College15%36%
Lake Forest College59%58%
Lawrence University63%69%
Lehigh University30%50%
Lewis & Clark College61%81%
Linfield College-McMinnville Campus73%80%
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College62%73%LSU
Loyola Marymount University39%50%LMU
Loyola University Chicago59%71%
Loyola University Maryland44%80%
Lycoming College54%65%
Macalester College34%39%
Manhattan College48%78%
Marist College66%55%
Marquette University78%82%
Marshall University98%89%
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts96%88%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology3%7%MIT
Massachusetts Maritime Academy94%92%
McDaniel College98%81%
Mercer University90%78%
Mercyhurst UniversityNot Reported88%
Merrimack College69%82%
Messiah University60%78%
Miami University - Oxford65%92%
Michigan State University59%76%MSU
Michigan Technological University47%70%
Middlebury College17%22%
Millersville University of Pennsylvania74%85%
Millsaps College100%70%
Milwaukee School of Engineering42%60%
Mississippi State University69%80%MSU
Missouri University of Science and Technology83%81%
Monmouth University80%79%
Montana State University70%81%
Montclair State University83%83%
Moravian College54%79%
Morehouse College46%74%
Mount Holyoke College47%52%
Muhlenberg College27%62%
Murray State University78%77%
New College of Florida76%70%
New Jersey Institute of Technology68%66%NJIT
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology88%97%
New Mexico State University-Main Campus58%63%
New York Institute of Technology59%75%NYIT
New York University41%21%NYU
Niagara University97%92%
North Carolina State University at Raleigh51%46%NC State
North Dakota State University-Main Campus95%94%
Northeastern University48%20%
Northern Arizona University70%82%NAU
Northern Michigan University61%67%
Northwestern University15%9%
Norwich University73%74%
Oakland University91%81%
Oberlin College28%35%
Occidental College29%41%
Ohio State University - Columbus87%68%OSU
Ohio University73%87%OU
Ohio Wesleyan University49%68%
Oklahoma State University55%67%
Old Dominion University91%95%ODU
Oregon Institute of Technology96%97%
Oregon State University74%84%
Pennsylvania State University - University Park46%54%PSU; Penn State
Pepperdine University41%42%
Pitzer College25%17%
Pomona College10%9%
Portland State University98%95%
Presbyterian College62%71%
Princeton University2%6%
Providence College65%54%
Purdue University – West Lafayette49%67%
Quinnipiac University58%82%
Ramapo College of New Jersey75%67%
Randolph-Macon College48%71%
Reed College30%39%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute65%57%RPI
Rhode Island School of Design29%27%RISD
Rhodes College31%51%
Rice University12%11%
Ripon College27%74%
Roanoke College58%78%
Rochester Institute of Technology56%74%RIT
Roger Williams University52%86%
Rollins College48%61%
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology52%77%
Rowan University76%79%
Rutgers University-Camden57%76%RU
Rutgers University-New Brunswick62%67%RU
Rutgers University-Newark68%74%RU
Sacred Heart University51%66%
Saint Anselm College62%75%
Saint Johns University67%81%SJU
Saint Joseph's University61%80%SJU
Saint Louis University42%56%SLU
Saint Mary's College65%82%
Saint Mary's College of California71%77%
Saint Michael's College66%88%
Salem State University90%87%
Salisbury University72%78%
Salve Regina University61%75%
Sam Houston State University95%92%
Samford University74%84%
San Diego State University30%37%SDSU
San Francisco State University79%84%SFSU
San Jose State University69%67%SJSU
Santa Clara University58%51%SCU
Sarah Lawrence College79%55%SLC
Scripps College25%35%
Seattle University55%83%
Seton Hall University85%78%
Siena College91%81%
Simmons University60%83%
Skidmore College43%32%
Smith College41%37%
Soka University of AmericaNA52%
Sonoma State University41%89%
South Dakota State University83%89%
Southern Connecticut State University65%80%
Southern Methodist University59%53%SMU
Southwestern University41%49%
Spelman College39%53%
St Bonaventure University77%76%
St Lawrence University59%47%SLU
St Olaf College56%51%
St. John's College40%61%
St. John's College40%61%
St. John's University-New York59%75%SJU
St. Mary's College of Maryland78%79%
Stanford University4%5%
State University of New York at New Paltz53%62%
Stetson University54%81%
Stevens Institute of Technology45%53%
Stockton University77%77%
Stonehill College52%69%
Stony Brook University58%49%
Suffolk University75%86%
SUNY at Albany62%57%
SUNY at Fredonia62%72%
SUNY at Purchase College81%74%
SUNY College at Brockport62%58%
SUNY College at Geneseo66%61%
SUNY College at Oswego61%69%
SUNY College at Plattsburgh66%59%
SUNY College at Potsdam67%72%
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry56%60%
SUNY Cortland60%52%
SUNY Oneonta60%56%
Susquehanna University92%87%
Swarthmore College13%9%
Syracuse University52%69%
Temple University82%71%
Tennessee Technological University75%80%
Texas A & M University-College Station61%63%
Texas Christian University63%48%TCU
Texas State University87%85%
The College of New Jersey59%51%TCNJ
The College of Wooster64%65%
The University of Montana87%96%
The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga94%83%UTC
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville76%78%UTK
The University of Texas at Arlington88%88%UT Arlington
The University of Texas at Austin32%32%UT
The University of Texas at Dallas83%79%UTD; UT
The University of the South63%56%
Towson University90%79%
Transylvania University90%92%
Trinity College32%36%
Trinity University41%34%
Truman State University59%72%
Tufts University28%16%
Tulane University26%11%
Union College31%41%
United States Air Force AcademyNA13%USAF
United States Coast Guard AcademyNA13%USCGA
United States Merchant Marine AcademyNA16%
United States Military AcademyNA9%USMA
United States Naval AcademyNA9%USNA
University at Buffalo70%67%
University of Akron Main Campus69%77%
University of Alabama69%80%
University of Alabama at Birmingham77%67%UAB
University of Arizona67%85%UA
University of Arkansas53%78%UA
University of California, Berkeley21%18%UCB
University of California, Davis55%46%UC
University of California, Irvine41%30%UC
University of California, Los Angeles24%14%UCLA; UC
University of California, Merced52%85%UC
University of California, Riverside65%66%UCR; UC
University of California, San Diego56%38%UCSD; UC
University of California, Santa Barbara59%37%UCSB; UC
University of California, Santa Cruz64%65%UCSC; UC
University of Central Florida64%45%UCF
University of Chicago21%7%Uchicago
University of Cincinnati54%76%
University of Colorado Boulder71%84%CU Boulder
University of Connecticut67%56%Uconn
University of Dallas40%54%
University of Dayton41%81%
University of Delaware56%63%
University of Denver53%61%DU
University of Florida43%31%UF
University of Georgia79%48%UGA
University of Houston87%63%
University of Idaho63%74%
University of Illinois at Chicago60%73%UIC
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign47%63%UIUC
University of Iowa72%84%
University of Kansas90%91%KU
University of Kentucky86%96%
University of Louisiana at Lafayette48%67%
University of Louisville61%66%
University of Maine91%92%
University of Mary Washington68%74%
University of Maryland, Baltimore County87%69%UMBC
University of Maryland, College Park70%49%UMD
University of Massachusetts Amherst69%65%Umass
University of Massachusetts Boston85%80%UMass
University of Massachusetts Lowell90%75%UMass
University of Memphis93%85%
University of Miami52%33%UM
University of Michigan46%26%Umich; UM
University of Michigan-Dearborn56%68%
University of Minnesota-Duluth58%79%
University of Minnesota-Morris50%65%
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities54%70%UMN
University of Mississippi72%88%
University of Missouri-Columbia69%82%Mizzou
University of Nebraska-Lincoln47%78%UNL
University of Nevada-Las Vegas73%81%
University of Nevada-Reno73%87%
University of New Hampshire88%85%UNH
University of New Mexico71%54%UNM
University of North Carolina at Asheville94%79%UNCA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill45%24%UNC
University of North Carolina at Charlotte91%80%UNC
University of North Carolina at Greensboro93%88%UNC
University of North Carolina Wilmington88%68%UNC
University of North Dakota72%87%
University of North Florida57%80%
University of North Georgia65%77%UNG
University of North Texas81%84%
University of Northern Colorado96%88%
University of Northern Iowa76%79%
University of Notre Dame43%19%UND
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus94%83%
University of Oregon66%83%
University of Pennsylvania8%9%Upenn
University of Pittsburgh55%64%
University of Portland71%77%
University of Puget Sound63%86%
University of Redlands58%77%
University of Rhode Island80%76%URI
University of Richmond45%31%
University of Rochester46%35%UR
University of San Diego75%59%USD
University of San Francisco63%70%USF
University of Scranton52%80%
University of South Carolina64%68%USC
University of South Dakota81%91%USD
University of South Florida62%49%USF
University of Southern California27%16%USC
University of St Thomas89%89%
University of Tampa52%45%
University of the Pacific48%71%
University of Toledo88%95%
University of Tulsa36%69%
University of Utah71%79%
University of Vermont72%71%UVM
University of Virginia-Main Campus40%23%UVA
University of Washington-Bothell Campus68%74%UW
University of Washington - Seattle49%56%UW
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire90%90%
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse92%82%
University of Wisconsin-Madison52%57%UWM
University of Wyoming96%94%
Ursinus College75%80%
Valparaiso University90%87%
Vanderbilt University37%12%
Vassar College14%25%
Villanova University31%31%
Virginia Commonwealth University85%91%VCU
Virginia Military Institute51%60%VMI
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University64%67%Virginia Tech
Wabash College58%63%
Wagner College61%70%
Wake Forest University23%32%
Warren Wilson CollegeNot Reported85%
Washington & Jefferson College83%90%
Washington and Lee University9%24%W&L
Washington College74%80%
Washington State University76%80%
Washington University in St. Louis26%16%WashU
Wayne State University59%68%
Wellesley College7%20%
Wentworth Institute of Technology75%94%
Wesleyan University25%21%
West Chester University of Pennsylvania71%86%WCUPA
West Virginia University69%84%WVU
Western Carolina University73%48%WCU
Western Michigan University74%85%WMU
Western Washington University80%94%
Westmont College67%70%
Wheaton College (MA)79%87%
Wheaton College (IL)51%77%
Whitman College57%54%
Whittier College73%72%
Whitworth University93%91%
Wichita State University87%55%
Widener University39%75%
Willamette University61%80%
Williams College3%15%
Winthrop University59%64%
Wofford College48%53%
Worcester Polytechnic Institute58%59%WPI
Xavier University44%81%
Yale University2%7%
Yeshiva University61%67%
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