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Chances as Transfer

sunset111sunset111 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
edited December 2013 in Barnard College

I just applied from spring admission to Barnard a few weeks ago. I was wondering what my chances are of getting in, and then I had a couple of general questions about the school. I currently am a sophomore student at Elon University. I have a 3.73 GPA, and a 32 on the ACT. I am also a legacy. I was wondering what others though my chances would be.

Also I was wondering if anyone had any experience transferring into Barnard, and if so was it easy to make friends, or are people pretty set with friends they have had. How was the transition for you. Was it easy to meet people.

Thanks so much!!
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Replies to: Chances as Transfer

  • contagescontages Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    it sounds like you have good chances. honestly asking what your chances are in a forum like this is pretty useless, given your chances of admission probably depend on the rest of the applicant pool.

    I transferred to Barnard this fall and I've been pretty unhappy with the transfer experience here. It's really hard to make friends at this school, and it definitely takes way longer than in places where your college life isn't so intertwined with city life. I'd say if making friends is a concern, stay where you are. Going through the transfer process here is in a lot of ways much more difficult than being a freshman. I wish I hadn't transferred. Good luck.
  • ulciscorulciscor Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Forgive me for hijacking the thread, but contages, would you mind sharing more about your experiences as a transfer? I would've sent you a PM, but this is my first post. I'll be applying for next fall, and I'd really appreciate hearing from an admitted transfer student firsthand. You aren't the first person I've seen state that the environment at Barnard isn't the best for making friends.
  • contagescontages Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    @ulcisor I don't want to say my experience is the same as all the other transfers here, but it was certainly a difficult transition for me. I think it also depends a lot on where you transfer from -- I transferred from UC Berkeley (a huge coeducational public school.)

    The social environment at Barnard is very different from a lot of other small liberal arts schools simply because of the setting and the living situation. As a transfer, you will likely be housed in Elliott, which is not a terribly social dorm. Pretty much everyone lives in singles and making friends with your hall mates can be trickier than you'd imagine. Also, a lot of people spend a significant amount of time off-campus and it can be hard to meet people in social settings outside your classes or clubs.

    Barnard also really doesn't have a whole lot of transfer networking events. Aside from the first few weeks of classes, I haven't really had more than 1-2 opportunities to meet other transfers. And most people don't even show up to those events. Also, my advisor has been pretty unsympathetic with my lack of knowledge about the eBear and Barnard's "program planning" system for registering for classes and I really wish they had some sort of orientation on how to use the system for transfers.

    That said, I think the social situation at Barnard lends itself more to making a few really close friends rather than a large group to roam around with. Pretty much everyone I've met here agrees with that. It's not that you won't make friends at Barnard, it's more that you won't have a vast social network and multiple friend groups to choose from. You will more likely have a few really close friends, some acquaintances, and the majority of your grade you will never know by first name. What you make of it depends on your own social tendencies. I know girls who love the social environment here, and those who feel isolated and miserable.

    PM me if you need more info!
  • ulciscorulciscor Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Thank you so much! That was really helpful. I can't think of anything right now, but I'll definitely PM you if anything comes to mind. Good luck with finals! (:
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