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Chances for transferring to Grinnell?

parishaparisha Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
edited December 2008 in Grinnell College
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).

My statistics:

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.
Post edited by parisha on

Replies to: Chances for transferring to Grinnell?

  • mcawesomemcawesome Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    it depends what state school u're at but i'd say pretty good. u can pm with ure graduate school and i'll give u a better answer (from my perspective obviously).
  • mcawesomemcawesome Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    on second thought i think u hav a really good shot. and also grinnell sounds perfect for you.
  • parishaparisha Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    Well, the internet is a capricious place. But I your posts have boosted my confidence, and I thank you for that. If I do have a shot, I think that it will have a lot to do with my essay - how well I explain why I want to come to Grinnell, what I want to do and be when I get there, why I want to leave my school and why it's taken so damn long to figure it all out.

    Grinnell has seemed wonderful to me in many ways. I love the cold and I don't mind the isolation. I'll certainly have to see what the students, professors and environment is actually like at Grinnell. It is the college I'm most eager to visit.
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