Types of Transfer Students
We know that transfer students come to the University through several different pathways. Understanding how your student got to USC may help you identify specific needs during an advisement appointment.
Below are some common transfer student patterns.
|Vertical Transfer||Students who begin at a 2-year and transfer to a 4-year institution with or without an associate's degree|
|Lateral Transfer||Students who transfer from a 2-year institution to another 2-year institution or a 4-year institution to a 4-year institution|
|Reverse Transfer||Students who begin at a 4-year and transfer to a 2-year institution|
|Reverse Credit Transfer||The transfer of credits from a 4-year institution back to a 2-year institution for the purpose of conferring an associate's degree|
|Swirlers/Alternating Enrollees||Students who attend more than two institutions and transfer or who transfer from and to community colleges|
|Concurrent Enrollees||Students who attend more than one institution at the same time and who transfer courses.|
|Dual Credit, Dual Enrollment||Transfer of college-level courses taken during high school|
|Transient||Students who take courses as nondegree seeking students at institutions other than home institution with intention to transfer credits to home institution|
Adapted from The Multiple Dimensions of Transfer: Examining the Transfer Function in American Higher Education