It hasn’t happened since 1990. Not one single student has earned admission as a transfer to Princeton University. And that’s because Princeton has had a no-transfer policy. But times are changing for this Ivy League college. Beginning in 2018, Princeton will have a plan in place to admit transfer students. So in just a couple of short years, each of the eight Ivy League schools will admit transfers.
As reported by Scott Jaschik for “Inside Higher Ed,” “The strategic plan will also result in an additional 125 students being admitted each year (through a variety of means besides transfer). When four classes are admitted, the existing number of undergraduates, 5,200, will go up by 500. In expanding, the university said that it would make “a concerted effort to identify and attract more students from low-income families and ensure these students receive the support they need once they are on campus.” (This is the second time in a decade that Princeton has increased the size of its undergraduate student body and linked those increases to efforts to diversify.)”
All eight Ivies will soon admit transfer students. Welcome back, Princeton.
So Princeton is essentially equating reinstating a transfer admissions process with increasing diversity on the New Jersey campus. And of course allowing a transfer admissions process will be an important assist for Princeton’s athletic teams. All of the other Ivies have been able to benefit from transfer applicants on their rosters and soon Princeton will be able to as well.
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