I am here to come to you all with a large question. So I am stuck between a couple of colleges which I find incredibly and have researched very profoundly but it is always great to get some first have knowledge from other real people rather than their website and official stats.
My question pertains to four colleges. Northwestern, UMichigan, UVirginia, and Chapel Hill.
Here are my stats. I am a transfer student from California so I will include my college and high school GPA.
College GPA: 3.85/4.00
High School GPA: 3.6/4.00 (4.14 weighed)
SAT Score: 1350/1600
I will be studying political science. However, while it would be great to hear about each of their programs, I know that they are all excellent. I came here to get a better sense of these schools.
Michigan, Virginia, and Chapel Hill have about the same acceptance rate for transfers (mid to high 30s) while Northwestern is around 15%. However, Northwestern is right next to chicago which is a major city with good political ties. Meanwhile, the other three, while not in the middle of nowhere, are hard to compare to a Chicago especially with Detroit and Richmond being the competition, which, while I have heard they are nice cities, it is definitely harder to stack up to a city like a Chicago.
What I want is a bit of knowledge about the vibe of each place and possible opportunities. I am applying to plenty of UCs and with my school’s TAG program I can get guaranteed acceptance to UCSB which is an amazing school, but with my GPA, not as sought after major (political sciences) and a high acceptance rate for transfers in california to UCSD, I have a 50-60% shot at getting accepted. Hence I am comparing these four schools to UCSB and UCSD in my mind as those are the ones I am most likely to get into and therefore the ones most worth my time. I was wondering if any of you had a rebuttal to that or something that might expand my mind on this issue. I plan on selecting 2 of these 4 to apply anyways and would love to hear advice.
Thank you so much