I recently read that Harvard accepted around 20 transfer applicants this year after putting the kibosh on the transfer program due to space constraints. I want to apply next year for admission for the fall, 2011 semester as a juniorr. Please help me figure out what I need to do to in order to be accepted.
Secondary School Stats:
SATI: 2360 (12 essay), SATII: 800 (math II), 790 (US History), 780 (Physics)
GPA: High school valedictorian
AP: 14 APs, lowest grade 4.
EC: President of Music Club, Allstate instrumentalist, Editor on newspaper
University: Penn (Engineering)
EC: Orchestra, intern at a bulge bracket.
Reasons for transfer: been in the city my whole life, change of scenery would be nice,
more traditional college feel (residential college system), I want a larger selection of majors that arent all necessarily engineering, hopefully, better financial aid...
No hooks ...
Do I stand a chance? If not, how could I better my chances?
Also, any aspiring transfers, what are your rationalizations for wanting to transfer?