chance for Smith transfer
I'm currently a first-year, looking into transferring to Smith.
I was accepted as a high school senior without question (as in, they accepted me early as part of a select group, in February, even though I applied regular deadline).
When I applied as a high schooler, my weighted GPA was 4.26. I consistently earned all A's save for one class, which was never lower than a B+. I have taken 11 AP's in total. I had taken 5 AP tests, with four 5's and one 4. SAT 2030, Lit 710, US History 780. National Merit Commended Scholar. President of two clubs.
There are, however, a few factors that have changed since I applied in high school. I did not end up taking my AP tests my senior year, so I have no scores to show for that. I had to miss about 1/4 of the school year due to mental health issues, and the absences really stick out on my transcript, as until that point I had literally one day of absence all of high school. I had to drop a non-honors science course, and my GPA for senior year was a 3.667. Overall HS GPA now a 4.15, weighted, bear in mind.
I now attend Sarah Lawrence College. We have a system where we take only 3 classes at a time, and many of the courses offered are year long. As such, I only have 2 grades to show Smith from first semester: An A, and an A-, total GPA 3.85.
My concern is that I don't have enough to show Smith for what I've done since I applied last. I have practically no extracurricular achievements since, but I am almost positive I will have glowing recommendations.
What I truly want is to have enough "bargaining power" to lobby Smith for more financial aid, or a merit scholarship. I have heard that Smith is much better about need aid than Sarah Lawrence. We had to nudge SLC to give us what we needed, and I believe they complied only because I was a very competitive applicant. I think contrary to what some people believe, need based aid is, to some degree, about how much you lobby them, and how desperately they want you. Smith is about $5,000 less expensive than SLC, but my merit scholarship here is $15,000 per year. That means, if the need is calculated the same at both schools, there is still $10,000 to make up for. I need Smith to be on the generous side in their calculations, or a merit scholarship.
What do you think are the chances of this happening?
(Also: does anyone know how well my credits will transfer, being from SLC?)