Too Bad Every Student Can’t Simply Enter the “Transfer Portal”

Mark your calendars for January 17, 2023, 12 Noon CST for a Transfer Tuesday virtual session! More details coming soon…

Last night, I was reading an article about the Wild Wild West, otherwise known as the NCAA transfer portal. A college had just announced hiring a new football coach, so one 5th year senior’s solution was to enter his name into the transfer portal. I get it – new coach, new philosophy, perhaps less playing time, but…

The college planning geek in me couldn’t help thinking – “Why transfer when you have five years invested toward your degree?”

Here are some facts:

  • Only 1.6% of college football players play professionally. 
  • The average NFL career is only 3.3 years.
  • Your completed classes are unlikely to align with another college’s degree requirements

Therefore, transferring could mean you are staring at another 1½ to 2 years to get a degree?

If a student is playing football on a full-scholarship, finances and time to graduation aren’t primary concerns. For the vast majority of college students, however, they are.

Many non-athletes transfer – 38% of first-time students will change colleges according to a 2020 report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Common reasons for transferring include academic (switching majors), financial, or wanting a better social fit within a college community.

Before you commit to transferring, you need to spend some time determining why and where you want to transfer.

Since there is no universal standard on how your classes will transfer (each school or system sets their own transfer credit policy) or how they may meet another institution’s degree requirements – one needs to be strategic if contemplating a transfer. Otherwise, you risk paying more for a bachelor’s degree than necessary.  

Do you need help determining if transferring is the right solution for you? Contact Jeff or attend a Transfer Tuesday (12 Noon CST, January 17, 2023) virtual session – to get your questions answered regarding the transfer process.  

As an educational consultant, Jeff uses his experience and insights to identify “good match” colleges to fit your families academic, social and financial needs and guide you through college graduation.  Learn more by visiting