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Should I bother transferring?

SophieRitaSophieRita Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
edited September 2 in UC Transfers
I'm a second year junior at UCR. I'm likely to graduate a quarter (or more) early. I'm currently a biology major (planning to switch to another science major or a B.S in psychology) and my GPA is a 3.1.

However that's my first year GPA. First two quarters I did terrible but was able to get myself together last quarter. I know my GPA is low and I haven't even started my second year yet so should I bother to apply for the 2018-2019 school year at UCSD?

The only things I've accomplished as a first year is summer volunteering and had an English essay published on an online student article lol.

Replies to: Should I bother transferring?

  • GumbymomGumbymom Registered User Posts: 18,403 Senior Member
    For many college Freshman, the first year can be rough.

    What major do you plan to switch to instead of Biology and what are your long term career goals?

    Here is the UC Transfer GPA by major and UC campus to give you an idea of your chances of possibly transferring.

    For UCSD, a GPA of 3.1 will not get you into any science major or Psych.

    What is wrong with UCR which is a good school? Why UCSD in particular?

    https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/infocenter/transfers-major
  • Ohm888Ohm888 Registered User Posts: 751 Member
    You may be over the transfer limits. You're not saying how many units you've completed. To transfer, you would need to fulfill the target UCs major req., which you possibly haven't completed if you want to switch majors. Additionally, 3.1 is under the competitive GPA for Psych at UCSD, which is approx 3.4+/-.

    IMHO, I would just finish out where you are. In the scope of life, it won't make any difference which UC you're at.
  • SophieRitaSophieRita Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    I have exactly 90 units before going into my second year and I want to switch to neuroscience (neuroscience and biology have the same lower divs which I have mostly completed).
    My GPA is actually a 3.14 cumulatively (last quarter alone was a 3.4)...but yeah I know it's not much of a difference :/

    UCR is a fine school and all... but my first year wasn't ideal. I'm from San Diego and stayed home for the summer and I'm not anticipating on leaving.
  • Ohm888Ohm888 Registered User Posts: 751 Member
    Neuroscience at UCSD. I'm not sure a 3.14 will be enough. I'm just being honest. Obviously, you plan to go to med school, so the undergrad UC is not relevant. Grading, I assume, will be a bit easier at UCR (not sure).
  • GumbymomGumbymom Registered User Posts: 18,403 Senior Member
    edited September 2
    UC Transfer GPA admit range for UCSD in 2016 was 3.52-3.83 for Neuroscience. I agree with Ohm888 and stay where you are and consider UCSD for Grad school or Medical school.
  • NCalRentNCalRent Registered User Posts: 4,599 Senior Member
    I think you are being unduly hard on yourself. A 3.14 in a hard science at a UC is a very solid freshman performance. As you enter soph year, the hours volunteering and published article should provide leverage for more opportunity. With the trajectory you are on, there is no harm in applying to UCSD as a transfer but, it is far from a sure thing.

    Try to get involved in some on-campus organizations and take advantage of opportunities to distinguish yourself at UCR.

    Good luck.
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