Will switching from a 4 year institution to a community college hurt my admission chances?
Hello all! I currently go to a private liberal arts school in Illinois. I only attended because with the scholarships I got and being a commuter student, I was able to save a good amount of money. However, my first year there was absolutely awful (for many reasons I won't get into). I always planned on transferring out though. I am striving to gain admission into any one of the Ivy League schools, Harvard being the dream, or any other equivalent institution such Stanford or MIT. Yes, I know the odds are extremely slim and in the end it's really up to luck, but I've gone over it in my head and am applying anyway. I do have safety schools though! That being so, the liberal arts school I currently attend is raising tuition considerably and I'm not sure I'll be able to afford it for my sophomore year so I've been thinking about calling it quits and going to a local community college for my second year. I'm afraid this will make the already tiny chances of me being accepted into top colleges even more unattainable, however. So I kind of feel stuck and don't know what to do. Will going to 2 different schools before (especially going from a private 4 year school to an underfunded community college) hurt my admission decisions for top colleges?2 replies