Transfer College Quality and Student Performance

34 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2005

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Angela K. Dills

Western Carolina University

Rey Hernández-Julián

Metropolitan State College of Denver

Date Written: December 7, 2006


We examine how students that transfer credit for an introductory-level course from schools of varying quality perform in a subsequent intermediate-level course, holding constant many student characteristics. We measure college quality by the percent of students admitted, the faculty-student ratio, listed tuition, the percentage of professors with PhD's and SAT scores. Students taking introductory courses at higher quality institutions earn higher grades in their intermediate courses than students transferring from lower quality institutions. A back of the envelope calculation suggests that, for the average student, the benefit from attending a higher quality institution is more than worth the higher tuition.

Keywords: college quality, transfer students, grades

JEL Classification: I20, I21, A22

Suggested Citation

Dills, Angela K. and Hernandez-Julian, Rey, Transfer College Quality and Student Performance (December 7, 2006). Available at SSRN: or

Angela K. Dills (Contact Author)

Western Carolina University ( email )

Cullowhee, NC 28723
United States
8282273329 (Phone)


Rey Hernandez-Julian

Metropolitan State College of Denver ( email )

Student Success Building
890 Auraria Pkwy #310
Denver, CO 80217
United States

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