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In today’s tougher economic times many college-age students are looking for ways to save money on their education, and for this reason community colleges often look like a viable alternative. Many people choose this college path, which subsequently leads to students either graduating or transferring to a four-year university. While many people associate community college students with transfer students, they are not the only students transferring. In fact, transferring is becoming a fact of undergraduate life for many; more than 40 percent of students attend more than one institution during their college career (Adelman, 2005). This means that almost half of all college students experience a mid-college transition, which can be said for many students at Marquette University. In fact, transfer student numbers are slowly increasing, according to the past years’ statistics in the Common Data Set that the university compiles every year. For this reason, it’s important to consider the needs of this growing demographic both locally and nationally. I have chosen to look into this problem at Marquette University, which is the site of my undergraduate research.

Publication Date

Spring 2012


A poster and paper completed for English 3210. Access to this poster and paper are available at Marquette University only.

Bursting the “Marquette Bubble”: How to Improve Transfer Student Experiences