The idea of transferring to another school is something students across the country think about at-least once during their college career. According to data recorded by National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. from 2015, more than a third of college students will transfer at least once within six years. The big question is could tuition be causing students to transfer out.
However, at all Connecticut public universities over 70 percent of freshman return to the respective schools for their sophomore year, and at UConn over 90 percent return. So, if you add up all five schools and divide it by five on average, about 78.6 percent of students attending Connecticut public universities will return for their sophomore year, according to Collegeboard.org.
What could play a role in that is the fact that for all five public universities none of the in-state tuition prices are more than $1,500, and for Southern, Western, Central and Eastern Connecticut State they are under $11,000. UConn is the only State school is over $11,000
Rhode Island, while having only two public universities, averages out to about the as Connecticut. A fact that stands out is that Rhode Island College has the cheapest tuition between any school of both of the states at a bit over $8,000, but only has a 73 percent of students returning after their freshman year.
Also, the University of Rhode Island, while having a cheaper in-state tuition, has a worse rate of students returning for their sophomore year than UConn. The University of Rhode Island only costs just under $13,000 whereas UConn costs just over $14 thousand but UConn retains 92 percent of their students and the University of Rhode Island only keeps 83 percent.
As a state Connecticut’s average in-state tuition fee would be $11,114.60, and Rhode Island’s average in-state tuition fee would be $10,545. because Connecticut has five colleges while Rhode Island has only two public schools that are four year colleges.
The video below goes into a little detail on the comparison of the two state college groups.