Graduate Program

College Student Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Dena R. Kniess


This study was designed to investigate the perceptions of transfer students' academic preparedness from urban community colleges to four-year institutions. Within separate one-on-one interviews, four participants were asked a set of open-ended demographic and biographic questions regarding their community college experience. Through coding and analyzing participant responses several themes emerged, including (1) importance of relationships with faculty and staff, (2) departmental support, (3) academic preparation for a four-year university, (4) preparedness for university academic expectation, (5) learned academic strategies, (6) test-taking, (7) understanding environments and (8) utilization of professor and other strategies. Several conclusions of the present study were drawn and recommendations for Student Affairs professionals, as well as future researcher, were established.