Focus on attracting transfer students
By JOSE REYES
Associate Director, Transfer Student Services
There are several reasons why Purdue University Calumet is interested in appealing to more transfer students.
We are in close proximity to more than 100,000 prospective students who attend Chicagoland community colleges. Many of them are looking for a high-quality, affordable education, one that Purdue Calumet can deliver.
Many benefits for students
Research shows that there is a higher probability for a transfer student (who completed an associate degree and transfers to a four-year university) to complete a bachelor’s degree, than a student who starts as a freshman at a four-year university.
These students are more focused on completing their goal, and, if they receive the needed support, stay on track to complete their bachelor’s degree.
Coming from many areas
We receive transfer students from four-year universities and community colleges from all over the country and internationally.
However, most transfer students come from the following community colleges: Ivy Tech, South Suburban College, Prairie State College and Moraine Valley.
Marketing to a target audience
We are visiting community colleges more often. We also are actively pursuing transfer articulation agreements with area community colleges to create a seamless pathway for community college students to transfer to Purdue Calumet.
Creating marketing material that promotes each of our programs will be very helpful. Transfer students want to know about the program they are considering: what it consists of, how it will help them reach their academic and career goals, and how their credits will transfer.
We also are building partnerships with our community college advisors, faculty and administrators to work together to help meet the academic goals of their students.
Most transfer students are not looking for associate degrees, they are interested in completing a bachelor’s degree, so our programs are a good match for their academic goals.