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Applying for transfer after wait-list/rejection

evilcakeevilcake Posts: 8Registered User New Member
edited May 2008 in Transfer Students
I have been rejected or wait-listed by all of my top colleges this year and ended up only at a safety-safety which I only applied to on a whim and know that I will hate :(. So, I am already planning my transfer process. Has anyone had a similar experience to this? Are my chances greater the second time around? I am also thinking of trying to apply as freshman to these colleges again instead of transfer because the chances of getting in are greater. I am willing to spend an extra year in college if it is at a place where I want to be (I'm little young compared to my peers anyway). Any tips/suggestions? Please share.
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Replies to: Applying for transfer after wait-list/rejection

  • blackholezzblackholezz Posts: 171Registered User Junior Member
    if u take courses at college, u cant apply as a freshman.. get a 4.0 gpa, be active in orgs, be a leader.. and write extremely good essays.. also, be special.. do something that will make u stand out
  • evilcakeevilcake Posts: 8Registered User New Member
    "if u take courses at college, u cant apply as a freshman" - Actually, that is not true. Several colleges have minimum credit requirements before one can apply as a transfer -- if one does not meet those requirement, than one will have to apply as a freshman.
  • browniepointbrowniepoint Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    Evilcake, I was rejected by my top choice last year. I went to a wonderful small liberal arts college instead, did very well, had one major extracurricular that I love very much and spend about 15 hours a week doing, did an internship in that area over winter break, did not retake my SAT, wrote very school-specific essays... and got in to the school that had rejected me a year earlier. One could say that it's "easier" to get as a freshman -- in my case as 13% acceptance rate vs an 8% acceptance rate -- but if you show dedication and the will to challenge and better yourself, they will recognize that. They will still have your old apps (I think), and they will se how hard you worked and how much you changed. That being said, even though you think you'll hate your school, try to like it as best you can. You may be surprised, and it will definitely help you stay motivated for a great extracurricular or in class. If it's a big place you'll be attending, be sure to get to know your profs in office hours so that they will be able to write your personal recs. Be optimistic and so will they!
    Hope this helps. :)
  • JavousJavous Posts: 218Registered User Junior Member
    browniepoint, what was that one major extracurricular?

    Also, any suggestions in writing "very school-specific" essays.
  • browniepointbrowniepoint Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    I spent a lot of time working on the production of the college newspaper. In fact, I got so immersed in it that the newspaper will make leaving my current school harder.

    As for "school specific," I would say the following: If you want to transfer for academic reasons, be sure you research the department very well and show the school that you are a good fit for that department. (Say you want to study IR: Show your interest, state how your interest relates to Professor X's research, show that their summer program abroad is exactly what you need to enhance your view on International Relations, etc.) It will help you just as much as it will help your application, because you'll realize what it is that you want to study. It may be advantageous to show how your current institution does not fit the academic path you desire.

    I hope this clears some things up.
  • gobackto2005gobackto2005 Posts: 456Registered User Member
    to browniepoint
    thank you so much for your intellectual idea.
    I'm very interested in your transfer essay which stated your reason for transfer.would you please share more tips if you don't mind?thanx for your time!
  • gobackto2005gobackto2005 Posts: 456Registered User Member
    to elivake,
    Gtown allows students whose credits less than 12 apply as freshman.hope that helps.But I think students with less than 12 credits are pretty rare.
  • andromedaandromeda Posts: 239Registered User Junior Member
    This is really a great bunch of advice for me, because I was waitlisted at my top two choices and have no clue if I'll get in, and am going to a safety because of financial troubles. And so I'm aiming to transfer next year to my top choice (hopefully!) So I'm right here with ya, evilcake. :)
  • pawne4pawne4 Posts: 98Registered User Junior Member
    I made the mistake of not making safety schools and its my last semester to transfer.. any suggestions?
    i am still waiting to hear back on the waiting list.. and I'm trying to think of anything i can do to get off of it.
  • browniepointbrowniepoint Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    gobackto2005: First of all, sorry for the long wait.
    I think I can help you most if I know the program you are interested in -- I don't want to bore you with an application about languages and literature (my case) if you're interested in electrical engineering. If you want, PM me your info and I can help out. Then again, I feel silly pretending to know what it takes, as a large part of getting accepted is luck. If you are about to start college, trust me: do your best to accept to school you will attend. You may be surprised; there are so many amazing schools out there. (I know it sounds cliche...) You may be accepted to all your top choices as a sophomore, and then decide to stay -- it happens! But do let me know if I can help, and enjoy your summer. :)

    pawne4: The following article may help you:
    How to Get Off the Wait List and Into College - US News and World Report
    Also, I think there are some threads dealing with the issue. Good luck!
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