So, I'm currently a freshman at Rice University, and while I am open to staying here, I don't really enjoy the culture of my current institution. I'd like to transfer to a top public school like UVa or UNC for my sophomore year (or maybe Vandy), somewhere with a bit more school spirit to it and stronger humanities programs. I do have a few questions though...
1) What should my gpa look like? Rice would be a peer to any of my potential school, and I've heard that as long as you maintain a 3.5 at a peer school getting in shouldn't be a problem. Is this accurate? I had a pretty good gpa in high school and I'm active on campus here.
2) I have struggled a bit with adjusting here, so some of my grades aren't quite perfect. In particular my Poli Sci class looks like it might be a bit iffy as I don't think I did too well on the last test (22% of my grade), but Rice lets first semester freshmen drop a class up to the last week of class. If I dropped it, I could be looking at a 3.7-3.8 most likely; while, with it, I might be closer to a 3.4-3.5. Without it, I'd be down to 12 credit hours though (with six of those hoes being in theatre classes)...how bad would that look? (theatre isn't my major)
3) How much will my second semester classes/grades count. While putting together my schedule for next semester I got a lot more ambitious in terms of course load and difficulty (I.e. most of my classes are 300 levels and I'm taking 19 hours). Could this make up for a fairly ho hum first semester?
4) Will my major be taken into account? My prospective majors are a bit on the obscure side (classics and medieval studies) and one of my bigges reasons for transferrin is that the departments at Rice are practically vestigial. Could the fact that they might not have too many students in these programs help me better my chances?