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Transfering to Amherst from ccc...Chances?

a89a89 - Posts: 40 Junior Member
edited August 2007 in Amherst College
I am currently a freshman at a californai community college, and would like to transfer to Amherst College. It is my dream school and would like to know if I have any chance.

GPA: 4.0
ACT: haven't taken it.
EC's:
-Work part time with an attorney (help write pleadings, etc.)
-Financial Advisor for bay area based interior design company
-PTK member
-Various clubs

I did terrible in HS, graduating with only a 2.6. This is because I went to 4 differnt high schools, and had a major tragety in my family.

I'll be applying for Junior standing so I'm hopping my 2 years of 4.0's will outweigh the high school grades.

My major will be Economics. What are my chances?

Thanks.
Post edited by a89 on
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Replies to: Transfering to Amherst from ccc...Chances?

  • lmpwlmpw Registered User Posts: 617 Member
    Amherst has a new community college transfer initiative. You should definitely apply (and see if you can get invited to the diversity open house - which means they will fly you out to visit the campus). You can explain your circumstances in your application/essays. Colleges like students who have shown triumph over adversity.
  • eddyx77eddyx77 Registered User Posts: 148 Junior Member
    a89

    I am in a similar situation. I too have bad high school transcripts but solid CCC grades. I would love to go to Amherst but I'm wondering how hard it is to get in.

    lmpw mentioned that Amherst has a community college transfer initiative but I thought it was only for colleges in state. Hope I am wrong about that!
  • eddyx77eddyx77 Registered User Posts: 148 Junior Member
    ok, turns out I WAS wrong about that!
  • mojojojo69mojojojo69 - Posts: 2,571 Senior Member
    I came from a california community college and i was accepted to amherst. I dont think you have a chance, sorry.

    I dont see the "it" factor i am always talking about that sets you apart from every other applicant.

    When i was accepted, 7 students got in, and i believe somewhere around 100-150 applied.
  • lmpwlmpw Registered User Posts: 617 Member
    mojojojo60, I don't understand why you would be so discourgaging. If you got in, why can't a89. I'm a college educator/administrator and I sit on admissions and fellowships/scholarship committees all the time. You would be surprised at the range of people who get accepted. I would prefer that Amherst Admissions reject him instead of you. I think this student should apply.
  • mojojojo69mojojojo69 - Posts: 2,571 Senior Member
    too bad, so sad. get over it.
  • a89a89 - Posts: 40 Junior Member
    Even though I don't look it at all, technically I am hispanic. Does that help, or are they blind to that sort of thing like the UC's in cali.
  • ejr1ejr1 Registered User Posts: 1,128 Senior Member
    Certainly diversity is very important to Amherst, but what is more so are your essays, since there are no interviews. And you need to do really well on those standardized tests, as well.
  • mojojojo69mojojojo69 - Posts: 2,571 Senior Member
    Even though I don't look it at all, technically I am hispanic

    "technically" dude, either u are hispanic, or you are not. And you better not be saying you are hispanic just because you are 25% or something, thats not a true hispanic.

    a true hispanic is someone whose parents immigrated to this country and you are the first generation here.

    I hate it when white people try to say they are hispanic even though they are like 25-10%, thats NOT hispanic.

    If they notice that you lied on your application, you could get your admissions revoked, which is very possible, since the school is 1,000 students and everyone knows everything.

    I am authentically hispanic, and i find it insulting that a white person would want to claim being a hispanic even though they probably dont even speak spanish.

    well, good thing that i might be re-applying this year, so they can tell what a TRUE hispanic sounds like when he writes a beautifully written essay lol.
  • a89a89 - Posts: 40 Junior Member
    mojojojo69-

    I am 100% hispanic. My parents both came here from mexico. They don't have the traditional dark skin, so consequently, I have even lighter skin.
  • brand_182brand_182 Registered User Posts: 7,589 Senior Member
    Mojojojo, the AA argument and who can/should identify as what is overblown. 1/4 (25%) Hispanic is no less impressive than 100% Hispanic as all it means is that your family intermarried.
  • elcorredorelcorredor Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    Mojo, please define what a "TRUE hispanic" is.
  • firusfirus Registered User Posts: 93 Junior Member
    Mojo,

    Ya has dicho que te aceptaron. Porque vas a entregar otra solicitud?
  • mojojojo69mojojojo69 - Posts: 2,571 Senior Member
    Ok. I understand some people's frustration with my comment. Especially since i did not define the term hispanic.

    Being hispanic is not a race. It is a culture. It represents the norms, customs, language, dialect, etc. of each and every country in latin america.

    when i said this statement,
    I hate it when white people try to say they are hispanic even though they are like 25-10%, thats NOT hispanic.

    I meant to say that just because you carry genes from a person that is "hispanic", does not classify you hispanic as you do not share the culture of the people.

    With that in mind, hispanics are of different races. They are white, black or mulatto; but being hispanic or latin is not a race.

    Jessica "dont call me latina" alba, is not someone i would consider hispanic. She may be a third generation hispanic, but she does not abide by the custom of the people, nor is she proud of her heritage, and she cant even speak spanish! (just an example)

    por eso no me gusta cuando un americano dice que es latino cuando nisiquiera puede hablar espanol!

    and yes, it is possible for a white person to be more hispanic than a person that came from hispanic parents, which is why i said
    i find it insulting that a white person would want to claim being a hispanic even though they probably dont even speak spanish.

    Speaking spanish, knowing the customs, etc. are all hispanic traits. Like I said, it is a culture.
  • lavendercloudlavendercloud Registered User Posts: 484 Member
    I came from a california community college and i was accepted to amherst.
    well, good thing that i might be re-applying this year, so they can tell what a TRUE hispanic sounds like when he writes a beautifully written essay lol.

    Mojo, I'm confused. Are you or are you not enrolled at Amherst?

    a89, good luck with your application. Have you taken only one year of community college and the 4.0 GPA is projected into this year? If so, keeping that up will help your chances. The essays will be an essential part of your application and you should give careful thought to them (for instance, your post has a few spelling errors - make sure those don't slip through!). I'm not sure if Amherst will require a standardized test or whether you'd be able to get an interview, but you should find out.

    Finally, be sure to apply to at least one or two other schools in case Amherst doesn't come through for you. Good luck - hope to see you there next fall!
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