Stan State’s success in attracting and graduating students who begin their higher education journeys at other colleges has been recognized by MONEY magazine, which placed the University No. 26 on its list of “Best Colleges for Transfer Students.”
The publication had great praise in general for the way California public universities attract and serve transfer students, with 18 of the list’s top 27 spots occupied by members of the California State University or University of California systems.
In its statement of methodology, MONEY said it started with its 2018 Best College rankings, in which it ranked Stan State in the top 50 for the first time. It eliminated colleges where fewer than 15 percent of students are transfers, and also removed colleges where transfer students graduate at a lower rate than their peers. The final rankings are based on a combination of four- and six-year graduation rates weighted with the share of transfer students on campus.
In recent years, the value of education received at Stanislaus State has been recognized frequently by MONEY magazine. At the same time the publication announced Stan State was No. 49 on its Best Colleges list, it ranked Stan State No. 11 in the nation among universities with a 50 percent or higher student acceptance rate and No. 36 on its list of “Most Transformative Colleges.”
This also is not the first time Stan State has been lauded for the way it fosters academic success for transfer students. Just last fall, the University was named a 2018 Champion of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer for its success in significantly increasing the number of transfer students with Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) it accepts and graduates.
In addition, last June the University entered into an agreement with San Joaquin Delta College to establish class sequences that will allow students in specific disciplines who transfer from Delta College to Stanislaus State to earn a bachelor’s degree without ever leaving Stockton. Additional partnerships with other community colleges in the region currently are in the works.