This study investigates transfer student characteristics, patterns and experiences drawing on data from the Graduate Satisfaction Survey, Confederation College and Lakehead University student registration and performance tracking datasets, transfer student surveys and focus groups. The datasets were developed for Lakehead and Confederation students enrolled during the 2005 – 2010 period. These included such variables as previous education, age, aboriginal and first generation status, amount of credit granted and program of study. While best efforts were made to ensure comparability of the datasets, there were some differences that limited comparative findings and conclusions about trends in student transfer success in college and university and comparisons of full- and part-time students. Recommendations for future data collection and research are proposed.