College Students Should Wait Before Transferring

Still Time to Register for Spring Classes at UW-WC

Students who start classes at one college and transfer after just one year actually reduce their chances of graduating. According to University of Wisconsin System data, UW students who began their studies in fall 2001 had a 68 percent graduation rate if they transferred from a UW college after two years.  
But their likelihood of graduation dropped to just 38 percent if they transferred to a UW school after one year of classes at another campus, according to a report released by the UW System Office of Policy Analysis and Research. This trend has continued in every annual report, according to Martha Nelson, Assistant Dean of Student Services at the University of Wisconsin-Washington County.

Students should use their first year of college to adjust to higher academic standards and different responsibilities, Nelson said.  UW-Washington County gives students the strong foundation they need to succeed at a larger institution.  “Transferring after just one year - after they’ve had success at a two-year school - actually lowers their likelihood of graduating, while dramatically increasing their costs” she said.

Registrations are still being accepted for spring classes at UW-Washington County. Students should apply online at  Applications can also be picked up in the Student Services Office at 400 University Drive, West Bend. Spring classes begin January 26.  Financial aid is available and advisors can also help with course selection, course equivalencies, program planning, registration and other academic needs. For more information, call the Student Services Office at (262)-335-5201


Sue Bausch