Reverse Transfers Account for 8 Percent of JWCC Enrollment

Reverse transfers – students who transfer in to John Wood Community College from four-year colleges and universities – accounted for more than 8 percent of the College’s enrollment this fall.  Students also transfer in to JWCC halfway through the academic year and make up approximately 4 percent of spring enrollment. 

This fall 166 of the 1,934 students enrolled at JWCC came from other four-year colleges and universities. Last spring 71 of JWCC’s 1,849 students transferred into the College from other four-year colleges and universities.  

“Sometimes as a senior in high school, students feel that the grass is greener anywhere but in their hometown,” Kristen Ritterbusch, JWCC director of admissions said. “What some find is that isn’t always the case.  We have many students who return home during holiday break ready to make a change or who decide to transfer after their first year at a larger university. They are looking for more one-on-one instruction and a college that helps them explore majors.”

Cost and the reality of student loan debt also factor into students’ decisions to change their educational path. 

“Some families sit down during the holidays and assess the compounding cost of tuition, room and board,” Ritterbusch said.  “Multiplying the cost of one year by four makes those numbers and eventual student loan payments very real.  That’s when the community college option makes complete sense to them.” 

Students looking to transfer into JWCC can obtain information about how classes transfer to and from JWCC by going to by contacting 217.641.4337or Spring classes begin January 13. 

John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.

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