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Transfer (vs. Freshman) Admission Rates

Looking to transfer into the school of your dreams? It’s important to realistically assess your chances of acceptance as transfer admission rates vary greatly among the nation’s selective colleges and universities. For example transfer students are accepted a rate lower than 2% at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, Caltech, and a handful of other highly-selective schools. On the other end of the spectrum, excellent schools like Hofstra, Elon, James Madison, University of Georgia, and Southern Methodist University all sport acceptance rates above 60%. 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 August 2020

InstitutionTransfer Admission RateFreshman Admission Rate
Adelphi University34%74%
Agnes Scott College51%65%
Albion College79%69%
Alfred University62%66%
Allegheny College31%62%
American University72%36%
Amherst College8%11%
Appalachian State University86%80%
Arizona State University83%86%
Auburn University65%81%
Augustana College (IL)45%57%
Austin College55%51%
Babson College37%26%
Ball State University57%77%
Bard College75%65%
Barnard College22%12%
Baruch College (CUNY)53%43%
Bates College8%12%
Baylor University85%45%
Belmont University71%84%
Beloit College48%62%
Berea College49%30%
Bennington College46%61%
Bentley University44%47%
Binghamton University41%41%
Birmingham Southern College39%54%
Boise State University81%77%
Boston College19%27%
Boston University50%19%
Bowdoin College4%9%
Bowling Green State University55%72%
Bradley University59%70%
Brandeis University20%30%
Brigham Young University58%67%
Brooklyn College (CUNY)45%
Brown University6%7%
Bryant University59%71%
Bryn Mawr College22%33%
Bucknell University32%34%
Butler University38%73%
California Institute of Technology6%6%
California Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo15%28%
California State Polytechnic U. - Pomona60%55%
California State University - Fresno44%58%
California State University - Fullerton41%53%
California State Univesrsity - Long Beach37%39%
Calvin College51%77%
Canisius College65%83%
Carleton College8%19%
Carnegie Mellon University6%15%
Case Western Reserve University25%27%
Catholic University63%85%
Centre College49%76%
Chapman University59%56%
Christopher Newport University61%72%
City College (CUNY)65%46%
Claremont McKenna College10%10%
Clark University45%53%
Clarkson University80%75%
Clemson University67%51%
Colby College4%10%
Colgate University21%23%
College of Charleston86%78%
College of New Jersey, The32%49%
College of St. Benedict57%80%
College of the Atlantic84%72%
College of the Holy Cross11%34%
College of William & Mary51%38%
Colorado College13%14%
Colorado School of Mines60%53%
Colorado State University67%81%
Columbia University6%5%
Connecticut College40%37%
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art7%16%
Cornell College49%62%
Cornell University13%11%
Creighton University56%74%
Dartmouth College4%8%
Davidson College14%18%
Denison University34%29%
DePaul University59%68%
DePauw University38%64%
Dickinson College36%40%
Drake University49%68%
Drew University89%71%
Drexel University49%75%
Duke University6%8%
Duquesne University48%74%
Earlham College38%63%
East Carolina University89%79%
Eckerd College40%67%
Elon University64%78%
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University48%61%
Emerson College65%33%
Emory University23%16%
Evergreen State College97%98%
Fairfield University28%57%
Florida Atlantic University76%63%
Florida Institute of Technology50%66%
Florida International University76%58%
Florida State University29%36%
Fordham University50%46%
Franklin & Marshall College32%30%
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering100%16%
Furman University46%57%
George Mason University84%87%
George Washington University39%41%
Georgetown College33%63%
Georgetown University6%14%
Georgia College86%80%
Georgia Institute of Technology27%21%
Georgia Southern University77%54%
Georgia State University64%57%
Gettysburg College30%48%
Gonzaga University63%62%
Goucher College71%81%
Grinnell College3%23%
Gustavus Adolphus College53%69%
Hamilton College23%16%
Hampshire College0%2%
Harvard University1%5%
Harvey Mudd College7%14%
Haverford College22%16%
Hendrix College30%70%
High Point University58%75%
Hobart and William Smith Colleges22%66%
Hofstra University61%68%
Hollins University53%71%
Hood College68%65%
Hope College58%86%
Howard University44%36%
Hunter College (CUNY)35%35%
Illinois Institute of Technology57%60%
Illinois Wesleyan University42%61%
Indiana University - Purdue U. Indianapolis64%81%
Indiana University – Bloomington70%78%
Iowa State University79%92%
Ithaca College58%73%
James Madison University67%77%
Johns Hopkins University11%10%
Juniata College71%
Kalamazoo College50%76%
Kansas State University88%96%
Kennesaw State University67%75%
Kent State University55%86%
Kenyon College49%34%
Kettering University54%73%
Knox College55%68%
Lafayette College29%31%
Lake Forest College56%55%
Lawrence University41%62%
Lehigh University23%32%
Lewis & Clark College59%72%
Louisiana State University69%75%
Louisiana Tech University50%64%
Loyola Marymount University36%44%
Loyola University Chicago59%67%
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University New Orleans61%75%
Macalester College19%32%
Manhattan College79%74%
Marist College68%49%
Marquette University72%83%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology3%7%
Messiah College66%76%
Miami University61%80%
Michigan State University51%71%
Middlebury College13%15%
Milwaukee School of Engineering48%62%
Mississippi State University67%66%
Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology70%79%
Montana State University56%82%
Morehouse College74%
Mount Holyoke College39%38%
Muhlenberg College47%66%
New College of Florida69%73%
New Jersey Institute of Technology83%73%
New Mexico State University60%55%
New York University22%16%
North Carolina State University43%45%
Northeastern University16%18%
Northwestern University16%9%
Oberlin College26%36%
Occidental College16%37%
Oglethorpe University66%68%
Ohio State University – Columbus86%54%
Ohio University67%80%
Ohio Wesleyan University37%67%
Oklahoma State University58%70%
Old Dominion University92%89%
Oregon State University72%84%
Pennsylvania State University – University Park43%49%
Pepperdine University36%32%
Pitzer College19%14%
Pomona College7%7%
Princeton University1%6%
Providence College37%47%
Purdue University – West Lafayette48%60%
Quinnipiac University74%
Ramapo College of New Jersey80%66%
Reed College21%39%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute59%47%
Rhodes College45%
Rice University7%9%
Rochester Institute of Technology56%71%
Rollins College45%58%
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology61%74%
Rutgers University58%61%
Saint Louis University42%58%
Saint John's University (NY)57%72%
Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame55%81%
Saint Michael's College60%83%
Samford University77%83%
San Diego State University24%34%
San Francisco State University67%67%
San Jose State University67%64%
Santa Clara University52%49%
Sarah Lawrence College52%53%
Scripps College23%32%
Seattle University48%78%
Seton Hall University83%74%
Sewanee – The University of the South76%67%
Siena College50%81%
Simmons University48%73%
Skidmore College37%30%
Smith College45%32%
Soka University of America40%
Southern Methodist University57%47%
Southwestern University46%49%
Spelman College39%43%
St. John's College (MD)63%60%
St. John's College (NM)75%66%
St. John's University (MN)59%78%
St. Joseph's University75%
St. Lawrence University50%42%
St. Mary's College of Maryland82%84%
St. Olaf College35%48%
Stanford University1%4%
Stevens Institute of Technology28%40%
Stonehill College76%68%
Stony Brook University50%44%
SUNY, Oneonta50%56%
SUNY, Maritime College63%74%
SUNY, Polytechnic Institute64%69%
SUNY, New Paltz53%45%
SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry61%
SUNY, Geneseo61%65%
SUNY, Oswego62%54%
SUNY, Purchase College56%52%
SUNY, University at Albany59%54%
Susquehanna University88%85%
Swarthmore College15%9%
Syracuse University52%44%
Temple University81%60%
Tennessee Technological University72%79%
Texas A&M University – College Station56%58%
Texas Christian University59%47%
Texas Tech University80%69%
Thomas Aquinas College76%
The Citadel49%75%
The College of Wooster42%55%
Towson University78%76%
Transylvania University86%89%
Trinity College (CT)40%34%
Trinity University38%29%
Truman State University52%63%
Tufts University19%15%
Tulane University39%13%
Union College35%43%
United States Air Force Academy11%
United States Coast Guard Academy20%
United States Merchant Marine Academy22%
United States Military Academy10%
United States Naval Academy8%
University at Buffalo (SUNY)67%61%
University of Alabama70%83%
University of Arizona67%85%
University of Arkansas56%77%
University of California, Berkeley23%17%
University of California, Davis39%
University of California, Irvine44%27%
University of California, Los Angeles23%12%
University of California, Merced52%72%
University of California, Riverside39%57%
University of California, San Diego56%32%
University of California, Santa Barbara51%29%
University of California, Santa Cruz61%51%
University of Central Florida59%44%
University of Chicago5%6%
University of Cincinnati48%77%
University of Colorado Boulder73%78%
University of Connecticut72%49%
University of Dallas49%39%
University of Dayton37%72%
University of Delaware55%68%
University of Denver82%59%
University of Florida40%37%
University of Georgia70%46%
University of Hawaii at Manoa82%58%
University of Houston87%65%
University of Illinois at Chicago55%73%
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign49%59%
University of Iowa68%83%
University of Kansas90%93%
University of Kentucky82%96%
University of Louisville69%70%
University of Maine84%90%
University of Mary Washington71%75%
University of Maryland, Baltimore County86%61%
University of Maryland, College Park62%44%
University of Massachusetts Amherst66%64%
University of Memphis86%81%
University of Miami51%27%
University of Michigan42%23%
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities52%
University of Minnesota, Morris49%57%
University of Mississippi88%
University of Missouri, Columbia68%81%
University of Missouri, Kansas City57%61%
University of Montana86%94%
University of Nebraska-Lincoln50%78%
University of Nevada-Las Vegas76%81%
University of Nevada-Reno80%88%
University of New Hampshire80%84%
University of New Mexico66%49%
University of North Carolina at Asheville91%84%
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill49%23%
University of North Carolina at Charlotte89%65%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro89%82%
University of North Carolina at Wilmington88%65%
University of North Texas84%74%
University of Notre Dame30%16%
University of Oklahoma92%80%
University of Oregon62%82%
University of Pennsylvania6%8%
University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Campus52%57%
University of Portland43%61%
University of Puget Sound61%84%
University of Redlands57%76%
University of Rhode Island67%72%
University of Richmond38%28%
University of Rochester25%30%
University of San Diego68%49%
University of San Francisco58%64%
University of Scranton50%76%
University of South Carolina64%69%
University of South Florida59%48%
University of Southern California23%11%
University of St. Thomas (MN)82%82%
University of Tennessee69%79%
University of Tennessee - Chattanooga94%82%
University of Texas at Austin, The28%32%
University of Texas at Dallas, The80%79%
University of Texas at Arlington, The61%
University of the Pacific47%66%
University of Tulsa29%36%
University of Utah60%62%
University of Vermont72%67%
University of Virginia37%24%
University of Washington – Seattle47%52%
University of Wisconsin – Madison46%53%
University of Wyoming97%96%
Ursinus College67%79%
Vanderbilt University23%9%
Vassar College11%24%
Villanova University28%28%
Virginia Commonwealth University80%87%
Virginia Military Institute41%60%
Virginia Tech60%70%
Wabash College38%64%
Wake Forest University26%30%
Washington & Jefferson College95%85%
Washington & Lee University13%19%
Washington State University75%76%
Washington University in St. Louis20%15%
Wayne State University78%73%
Wellesley College9%22%
Wentworth Institute of Technology63%69%
Wesleyan University27%16%
West Chester University of Pennsylvania65%75%
West Virginia University
Western Washington University82%90%
Westmont College60%65%
Wheaton College (IL)84%85%
Wheaton College (MA)59%74%
Whitman College49%56%
Whittier College59%57%
Willamette University50%78%
Williams College4%13%
Wittenberg University83%91%
Wofford College43%60%
Worcester Polytechnic Institute42%49%
Xavier University48%76%
Yale University2%6%
Yeshiva University64%55%
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