Out of all the schools I've looked at, Grinnell is one of the most appealing to me: small size, serious academics, strong diversity. I am planning on visiting in January.
I am currently a junior at a local state university. I have decided - after a long and difficult process - that ending my education here would be an abysmal let down. There have been challenging courses and challenging professors, but overall the environment is one of "who cares about school," and many of the classes I wanted the most out of - like biology - have given me next to nothing (I should have left after I took biology, here, but a few persuasive professors urged me to stay. Friendly, but unfortunate, advice).
Recently retook the SAT, 2380
College GPA: 3.91
Currently taking: physical chemistry, advanced rhetorical composition, organic chemistry mentor, and instrumental analysis.
Many and good professor recommendations.
Endless hours of volunteering and community service
Undergrad research on tumor growth, phenolic derivatives, complex systems modeling, gas laws
Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, Dean's list the whole time I've been at this school.
High school stats: GPA, 2.98. Abysmal courses. Nasty experience. That's why I went to the state school rather than apply to schools I actually yearned to go to; never thought I'd get in. Now regretting, but I've done well in college so far.
What are my chances for being accepted as a junior transfer to Grinnell? I would be shooting for biological chemistry, chemistry, neuroscience conc. or philosophy. I'm looking for a serious community of students and professors who are also serious about their students and the life of the mind.
Thanks for any suggestions, recommendations, or information. I hope I get into Grinnell.