Snapshot Report: Postsecondary Student Mobility Rate: 2011-2013

By Nicholas Brock

A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center examined student mobility rates from 2011-2013. The student-mobility rate is the percentage of students across all levels of study who enrolled in more than one postsecondary institution during an academic year. The report shows that students 20 years or younger accounted for the highest mobility rates, followed by students aged 21 to 24 years old. Furthermore, mobility rates reported were slightly higher among women than men.

Among the report’s other findings:

  • Student mobility rates increased from 8.8% in 2010-11 to 9.4% in 2011-12, stabilizing at 9.2% in 2012-13.
  • Just over 9% of all students attended more than one institution during the 2012-13 academic year.
  • Among students whose first 2012-13 enrollment occurred at a community college, 11.5% had also enrolled somewhere else by the end of the academic year.
  • Of all students who attended multiple institutions in 2012-13, nearly 40% moved between 2-year public institutions and 4-year public institutions (in either direction).