The NCAA has utilized the data and trends from the Transfer Portal during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years to create a dashboard that helps student-athletes make better informed transfer decisions and better understand the Portal (NCAA.org).
The Division I Student Athlete Trends Dashboard is broken down into five categories that allow potential Portal entrants to garner data and understand the atmosphere within the Portal: Undergraduate/Graduate Transfer Destinations, Transfer Destinations by Division, Timing of Portal entry, Outcomes after entering the Portal, and Athletic Aid status of Portal entrants.
Student-athletes can filter the data in each category by Year and Sport to garner specific results for their potential transfer process.
For both Division I football and basketball, the one-month window after the conclusion of the season is the busiest for Portal movement. December and January are the biggest months on the gridiron, while the Portal movement picks back up following Spring practice. March Madness can also apply to the Transfer Portal in college basketball, as March through May feature the most Portal entrants.
According to the dashboard, approximately 5,300 student athletes competing in football and basketball entered the Transfer Portal from 2019-2021.
Sixty-five percent of the Portal entrants in college basketball transferred to another NCAA member school. 29 percent of those that entered the Portal are still listed as Active, meaning they are still exploring a transfer, transferred to a non-NCAA member school, or they are no longer on a college basketball roster.
At the FBS and FCS levels of college football, just 47 percent of players who entered the Transfer Portal transferred to another NCAA member school, while 48 percent are still listed as Active in the Portal.
As the COVID-19 pandemic presents student-athletes with an extra year of eligibility, the roster and outlook of college football and basketball programs will change drastically over the next two years. The Athlete Trends Dashboard will become an even better resource for athletes to understand potential outcomes and learn from past Portal entrants.