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Undergrad Transfer

violinguy1234violinguy1234 Registered User Posts: 136 Junior Member
edited June 2007 in Business Major
This fall 2007 semester I will be attending IU's Kelley School of Business as a freshman and would like to have a 3.5+ GPA at the end of my freshman year. If by the end of my first semester I make the grades I strive to make and want to attend a more prestegious program (Stern, Ross, McIntire) do you think I would have a chance? I'm just curious as to how a IU GPA looks upon transfering. I had a 29 ACT score and a 3.5/3.8 GPA at a competitive high-school (demanding schedule). I'm not sure what all they want to see (high-school and college transcripts, test scores, and resume etc.)?. I have always done well in terms of writing (12/12 ACT writing and well in english), so I'm not worried about essays. Would it be better to transfer and come in as a junior? I hate to ask about transfering when I haven't even had a class at IU, but I'm interested in knowing what it might take to transfer to a more prestigious program. Thanks!
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Replies to: Undergrad Transfer

  • MightyNickMightyNick Registered User Posts: 2,097 Senior Member
    It's close to impossible to transfer to Ross, Stern and McIntire after your freshman year, even if you have a 4.0 GPA at Kelley. It's just that hard. You can't transfer to McIntire anyway, as they only accept juniors. If you apply as a junior, remember that Ross has a 3 year BBA program which means you'll be staying there for an extra year. To stand a good chance of getting in McIntire or Stern you need a GPA as close to a 4.0 as possible, some really good EC's and amazing essays.
  • violinguy1234violinguy1234 Registered User Posts: 136 Junior Member
    Do most transfers then usually apply as juniors?
  • MightyNickMightyNick Registered User Posts: 2,097 Senior Member
    I wouldn't bother applying to Ross as a transfer but you can apply to Stern and McIntire as a junior if you manage to keep over a 3.8 GPA with some really good EC's or summer work experience. McIntire is gonna be much harder because it only accepts around 300 students and most of them are from UVA's Arts and Sciences school. I've heard of a few people that transfered to Stern from Rutgers in junior year, but all of those kids had near perfect GPA's and a bunch of EC's.
  • violinguy1234violinguy1234 Registered User Posts: 136 Junior Member
    Would it even be worth it transfering from Kelley with a 3.8+ GPA? I mean, at that point, is there really THAT much difference (3.8+ could easily put one in the IBW)?
  • MightyNickMightyNick Registered User Posts: 2,097 Senior Member
    I'm not so sure about the recruiting scene at a school like Kelley - but if you DO manage to get in McIntire/Stern then if I were you I'd make the switch. The overall quality of UVA, NYU and UM is better than Indiana, as well as the B-schools.

    I was at PSU last year and had a 3.93 GPA freshman year. Now I'm transfering to UMich LSA, even though I was pretty confident of keeping over a 3.8+ by my junior year. I'm not so sure if the recruitment is that much better at UM with an Econ degree compared to an Accounting/Finance degree at Smeal with a 3.9 GPA, but I just wanted to transfer out to a better overall school that was a better fit for me. In your case, if you like IU-Kelley a lot and think the school is a right fit for you AND you have a great GPA, then maybe transfering out would be something to ponder about.
  • the_aspirantthe_aspirant Registered User Posts: 427 Member
    you should apply as soon as you can to spend more time at the new school.

    if you have a 3.8+, i don't see why you wouldn't have great chances at stern and ross. if you want to apply to uva mcintyre, you would have to wait til sophomore year to apply since it's a 2-year program.
  • MightyNickMightyNick Registered User Posts: 2,097 Senior Member
    Ross accepts 2% of transfer applicants. He stands no chance. The rest of them are either pre-admits or LSA transfers.
  • violinguy1234violinguy1234 Registered User Posts: 136 Junior Member
    If I graduated from Kelley with degree in finance and was in about the top 20% with 3.6+ GPA, how much different (better/worse) would that be as compared to the same degree say from Ross or Stern but as a more mid-range student(3.4-3.6 GPA, top 30-50%)? I know competition is a lot more fierce and there would probably be more people smarter than myself at either Ross or Stern. I'm just trying to get a better idea of the worthwhileness of transfering from Kelley.
  • MightyNickMightyNick Registered User Posts: 2,097 Senior Member
    Starring at Kelley would be the same as doing average at Ross or Stern.
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