Most Kansas community college transfers go to WSU

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For the eighth year in a row, most Kansas community college transfers become Shockers.

Per the Kansas Board of Regents Transfer Feedback Report for 2017, 942 students transferred from a community college in Kansas to Wichita State University, outpacing University of Kansas and Kansas State University by nearly 300 students.

The report shows the top three colleges transferring to WSU are Butler Community College (495 transfers), Hutchinson Community College (147 transfers) and Cowley Community College (133 transfers).

The KBOR uses enrollment data, which each school must report to the Institutional Research staff on the board, and considers only students bringing 9 or more credit hours to the state or municipal university. The 2017 report was published in February.

Wichita State has been trending as the most likely destination for transfers since 2010, when KU, KSU and WSU were within 45 student transfers of each other. In following years, Shocker numbers skyrocketed to exactly 1,000 new transfers in 2013, the first school year after the Shocker men’s basketball team got to the Final Four in the NCAA Tournament. The following school year saw transfer numbers exceed 1,000.

Meanwhile, transfers to KU and KSU fell. In fact, no other university in Kansas received 700 students or more in 2017, showing a growing separation between Wichita State and the rest of Kansas state and municipal colleges.

While the transfers slowed in the past 3 years, Wichita State has maintained near an average 955 new transfers from Kansas community colleges since 2010.

One could contribute this to a high rate of acceptance, which for new freshman applicants was 97.4%, according to the Wichita State University Common Data Set for 2017-2018; however, new transfer acceptance was 32.9%, per the same data, implying a higher standard for transfer students.

Wichita State University contributes the high numbers to transfer-specific programs, scholarship transfers and other opportunities. They say university staff regularly visit community colleges throughout the state and the recently launched Transfer Gateway makes the transfer process simpler for community college students.

WSU Admissions Director Bobby Gandu says the progress has become an expectation, but the purpose is to raise the status of Kansas students at-large through their contributions to WSU.

“While we take pride in serving so many transfer students each year, the greatest satisfaction we observe is that they’re successful students contributing mightily to our academic community, securing internships and applied learning experiences, and contributing as leaders in our student life activities,” Gandu said.

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