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Transfer from Top 10 to Amherst?

AlcibiadesAlcibiades Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
edited September 2011 in Amherst College
Well, never thought I was going to be back on here after my senior year, but here goes the gist of it. If I decide to transfer, I'll be taking a gap year finishing up my remaining courses required for pre-med, which will allow me to take a wider breadth of courses should I continue my studies at Amherst.

I don't want to get into too many details of why Amherst, in fear of giving out my identity, but in general I'd like a smaller, quieter, more rural school while maintaining the intellectual stimulation a school like ________ provides.

1490 SAT
3.7 - 3.8 GPA (Science major)
Large amount of research experience, with quite a few pubs.


As stated previously, I may not be returning for my third year at ______, instead taking courses to finish the pre-med curric at my state school (or alternatively doing some volunteer work abroad, not sure which one would be more worth my effort).

So, if you please, any idea of my chances?
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Replies to: Transfer from Top 10 to Amherst?

  • OldbatesieDocOldbatesieDoc Registered User Posts: 2,056 Senior Member
    Honestly, Amherst gets federal support for, and is committed to accepting transfers from com unity colleges. So I think it would be a long shot. If you really want a small LAC, I would try a little lower on the totem pole.
    What about one of the "colleges that change lives?"
  • kwukwu Registered User Posts: 4,759 Senior Member
    Amherst gives substantial preference to potential CC transfers, but that doesn't mean that it discriminates against those who intend to transfer from private universities.

    Especially because of your high demonstrated potential, you would be competitive for admissions.

    As a humanities major, I'm always impressed by the strength of the sciences community at the College. Welcoming a high-potential young science scholar to a sea of English and Econ majors would do good for Amherst's active and aggressive push toward even greater diversity.
  • AlcibiadesAlcibiades Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Thanks for both your replies. What do you think about my idea of taking a gap year to apply? My parents are decidedly against it, and I understand that there is a large potential of becoming a huge question mark when people take a look at my resume in the future. However, the way I see it, is that it will free up some credits in the future, allowing me to delve into my academic interests in the future at Amherst, while at the same time allow me to pursue my interests even more deeply during this gap year.

    Thanks for your advice and thoughts,

    Alcibiades
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