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Jan.13, 2010

Vol. 110, No. 7

Lift the ban on transfers

Another Princeton football coach has been terminated. Because of the University’s 20-year ban against accepting transfer students, our coach went into battle with one hand tied behind his back. Ironically, the failure to accept transfers also works against Princeton’s stated admission goals of excellence and diversity.

If Harvard had a policy banning transfer students, it would not boast of John F. Kennedy as an alumnus (he came from Princeton). If Columbia had a similar policy, it would not boast of Barack Obama as an alumnus (he came from Occidental). And, if Princeton long ago had a transfer ban, we would not boast of Woodrow Wilson as a graduate (he came from Davidson).

When will the trustees awaken and end this terribly shortsighted policy?

Charles S. Rockey Jr. ’57
Bryn Mawr, Pa.

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2 Responses to Lift the ban on transfers

Richard Katilavas '69 Says:

2010-05-28 18:31:48

In approximate numbers, my original freshman class started with some 834 students, of whom some 600+ graduated. The 'empty seats' represent costs -- 'lost opportunity costs' which could be recovered if transfer students were permitted. In times of increased cost-consciousness and the present economic depression, isn't it irresponsible to ban filling those empty seats?

Zachary Zoet Says:

2010-07-06 09:28:11

I plan on graduating from a community college with an A.A. degree; I desperately long to transfer up into a seasoned, awesome university, like Princeton. I guess, with out an option of Princeton transfer, my options become more narrow and simple. Dang!
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