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what is the reality: transferring from a state school to the top 20 universities?

topick19topick19 Posts: 72Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2008 in Transfer Students
so i decided to go to a state school..
but what is the reality from transferring from a state school to a top 20 university?
is it possible?
or were people saying this just to make me feel better?
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Replies to: what is the reality: transferring from a state school to the top 20 universities?

  • BruinsJEWBruinsJEW Posts: 1,049Registered User Senior Member
    It is very possible dependent on whether you have what the college is looking for. What school? What's your GPA, etc?

    People transfer all the time from state schools to top 20s like WashU, Emory, Northwestern, UChicago, USC, etc.
  • -Lurker--Lurker- Posts: 1,420Registered User Senior Member
    very possible, the key is to get good grades and good recommendations, which can be a challenge given the large class sizes at public state universities.

    the key is to demonstrate (ie. fake) interest and sit in the front of the classroom where the teacher can see you, everyday, in the same spot.
  • zakaqelzakaqel Posts: 246Registered User Junior Member
    I recently got accepted as a spring transfer student to Cornell University(CAS). I currently go to a 4th tier state school. I didn't take the SATs and my high school grades are below those of an incoming freshman.

    Anything can happen, just write some good essays and keep your GPA up.
  • hermannshermanns Posts: 585Registered User Member
    I too was accepted to Cornell, but from a community college recently turned 4 year lol. It is possible from pretty much any kind of school if your overall app is strong. I also never took SAT, and only had a 3.2uw/3.6w in HS (major turnaround my senior year though-3.9uw/4.6w). Just keep your grades up. And you probably already took the SAT, but if not you may need to for the T20 schools. Cornell doesn't require them, but most of them do, I was just fortunate to be accepted to Cornell, and it was my top choice anyways.

    To add to what Lurker was saying about recs...what worked for me to get great recs (I am assuming both were, but I read one and it was outstanding) was to go to office hours and just talk with them. I have never really been vocal in class. Just talking with my econ professor and telling him my plans/asking for advice and staying in touch with him over the summer and this past semester got me an amazing rec. With my english prof I was going to his office all the time to edit my college and class essays anyways, so we naturally talked a lot about this stuff and he was really helpful. Now, if you have classes with hundreds of students this could obviously be a problem, but it worked well for me (and I didn't even do this for the purposes of a rec).
  • tcf4141tcf4141 Posts: 71Registered User Junior Member
    what would I need from a state school to get into 'nova?
  • topick19topick19 Posts: 72Registered User Junior Member
    lol this give me hope!!!
    thanks guys
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