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Replies to: Brandeis Fall 2017 Transfer Thread

  • luckybabyluckybaby Registered User Posts: 478 Member
    Is this the transfer thread of Brandeis this year? I have been looking for it everywhere, but couldn't find it.
  • luckybabyluckybaby Registered User Posts: 478 Member
    Hope more ppl would join this thread. I suppose the first wave of decisions is at the corner according to previous years.
  • zenalczenalc Registered User Posts: 28 Junior Member
    Hi,

    I am an international student currently studying at Newbury college who also applied as a transfer to Newbury College.

    Can someone chance me please? I will chance anyone back.

    Quick Stats:

    1440 new sat score: 800 on the math, 640 on the Writing+Reading Section (also took the old SAT and received 1950 - Math - 650, CR - 620, WR - 680).
    4.0 First College Semester GPA
    4.0 HS GPA (studied in an American International High School in Moscow, Russia)
    Born in Moscow, Russia to Nepalese parents and studied in an American International HS, so I believe that I am quite diverse
    Can speak English, Russian, Nepalese, Hindi, and Urdu fluently

    ECs:

    Was Student Council President in HS during senior year.
    Current peer tutor in college for Computer Science and Math
    Host and create websites for people
    Kind of was like a chiropractor (body-posture assessor) at High School and helped relieve my own postural issues and others' postural issues (also did school final project on this topic)
    Calisthenics and self-taught dietician - won several physical fitness conventions throughout sophomore to junior years in HS
    Technician in uncle's company named "Omniphonics" who fixed several electronics such as iPhones, iPads, microphones, and other small electronics
    Soccer player as defender throughout most school years and won several competitions in conventions

    Essays:
    Why Brandeis: was pretty decent (talking about its world-wide prominence and how Brandeis had programs that were crucial to my academic success)
    Contribution to brandeis: also pretty decent, talked about my diversity and how it could be an asset to Brandeis' already diverse place
    Transfer essay: made the essay like a story about my arrival to USA and then my reasons for transferring out of Newbury such as its lack of international students, its not-so-strong CS department, and its small size - and how Brandeis fixes all of these issues for me. (20% of students are international at Brandeis, CS department is small, yet very strong, and Brandeis has a perfect size, not too big, and not too small)

    Recommendations:
    CS Professor: pretty strong, he literally says that I am the best student he had so far in this college so far
    History Professor: had him for my liberal arts class (yes, it sounds weird) and now my world civ class, and he loves me. Wrote me a very nice rec letter too
    Literature Professor: alumnus of Brandeis and also wrote a solid rec for me (I think)
    Advanced Eng Professor: also wrote how I was one of the best students in his class last semester

    Here's a caveat though:

    I am an international student who requires quite a bit of financial aid:

    EFC: just a mere $16,000 for now, so I am very anxious about this financial burden thwarting me from getting accepted

    What do you guys think? The decisions come out on a rolling basis, so I've been anxious the whole month so far. As illustrated from previous transfer threads, the first decision batch comes out on April the 15th, so let's see what happens.

    Also, I applied to Brandeis before I started HS and was rejected, so this is my second time applying ( I think this will demonstrate to the Admissions Committee that I really want to attend Brandeis)

    What do you guys think? I will chance anyone back, if anyone wants me to.

    Thanks!

  • luckybabyluckybaby Registered User Posts: 478 Member
    I am also an international student applying for CS. I think your profile is pretty strong except for financial aid. As I found Brandeis wouldn't afford much FA for transfers. However, it would be OK. Hope we could both get in! @zenalc
  • zenalczenalc Registered User Posts: 28 Junior Member
    Thank you for your kind words!

    What are your stats by the way, luckybaby?

    Yes, I hope that we both get in!
  • luckybabyluckybaby Registered User Posts: 478 Member
    Now in one of the top 5 university of CS in China. My SAT is 1520/1600, with two SAT Subject Test both 800. My ranking is top 5%. As GPA culculation is a little different from that in USA, I would not mention it here. And my ECs are mainly labs, internships, volunteering, clubs, and student organizations.
    As for essays, I mentioned I would like to go to a comprehensive school where I could work with not only engineers as most majors in our school are related to CS. And I would like to participate in more research projects related to AI. @zenalc
  • zenalczenalc Registered User Posts: 28 Junior Member
    @luckybaby If you did not get accepted, I would be very, very surprised. Those are actually Ivy League stats.

    And now that you mentioned your stats, I do not think I will get accepted. lol

    Let's hope we both get accepted though!
  • luckybabyluckybaby Registered User Posts: 478 Member
    Thank you! Best wishes to both of us!!! @zenalc
  • BelovedInfidelBelovedInfidel Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    Hey guys, right there with you anxiously awaiting transfer decisions. Thanks for the information regarding the general timing for first wave-- fingers crossed all of us are accepted. Brandeis is my first choice, so I'm hoping they'll offer a sweet financial aid package if I'm accepted. Boston University accepted me earlier this month, which is a huge confidence boost, but they want a decision by May 1st. I'm only freaking out a tiny bit, haha.

    Here's hoping Brandeis' first wave decisions are sent out soon!
  • zenalczenalc Registered User Posts: 28 Junior Member
    edited April 2017
    @BelovedInfidel Cool! You still have BU, in case things do not go as planned at Brandeis.

    I unfortunately do not, as BU does not really provide much financial aid to intl students. :(

    Nonetheless, do your mind sharing your stats?

    Cheers
  • sPib9Kiv9anD0aWdsPib9Kiv9anD0aWd Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    Hi guys,

    so here's my story. I really wanted to go to Brandeis, but I got in to the University of Michigan, which came as a bit of a surprise, and now I'm not sure that I want to go to Brandeis even if I get in. So do any of you have a take on which one is better, since I'm kinda torn. Part of me wants to go to Michigan because I think it's academically a more rigorous school, with better job prospects when I graduate. But part of me (if i get in) wants to go to Brandeis because it's a smaller school that's more liberal-arts-collegey than michigan, and has a better M-F ratio from my perspective. ;-)

    Thoughts? Which would you choose?
  • zenalczenalc Registered User Posts: 28 Junior Member
    @sPib9Kiv9anD0aWd Did the University of Michigan give you reasonable financial aid? When do you have to reply back to that school?

    I would personally wait for Brandeis' decision (if you still have time to reply back to University of Michigan), compare which school would be more financially viable, then choose one. You can't go wrong with either as they are both good schools.

  • luckybabyluckybaby Registered User Posts: 478 Member
    I think you could take the school size into consideration. UM has very strong academic level, but personally I think the student-to-faculty rate is too high. If you don't care about this, UM could be a better choice in some way. @sPib9Kiv9anD0aWd
  • luckybabyluckybaby Registered User Posts: 478 Member
    When did the first wave of decisions usually come out? @zenalc
  • zenalczenalc Registered User Posts: 28 Junior Member
    @luckybaby I don't know. From the past transfer threads, I think we can be expecting the first wave next week maybe..
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