An unlikely transfer hopeful is seeking your help!

<p>Hello, I'm hoping I could get a few chances here for Tufts, Cornell, WUSTL, Vanderbilt, University of Chicago, Northwestern, Emory and University of Pennsylvania. I want to apply for an Econ degree.</p>

<p>I am applying for Fall 2012 which will be my sophomore year.</p>

<p>College GPA: 3.8 (expected to rise slighty next semester)
HS GPA: 3.5 (consistant upward trend)
ACT: 30
State: Michigan</p>

<p>EC's:<br>
- Student Body President
- Class Council Vice President
- Model UN Club Vice President
- National Honors Society Historian
- Translator for local Albanian church</p>

<p>Work Experience:
- Department Manager, ACE Harware</p>

<p>Awards:
- Presidential Scholarship, Full Tuition Award
- Model UN Top Delegate</p>

<p>Hook:
- First generation immigrant</p>

<p>It is generally difficult to transfer 'up' as a soph. You will have only completed 1 sem of college work when you apply, so your HS record (gpa & course rigor) and test scores will be heavily weighted. </p>

<p>First gen for college admissions purposes refers to first gen to attend college (in or outside of the US), not first gen to immigrate to the US.</p>

<p>What college do you attend?</p>

<p>I attend Wayne State University. </p>

<p>What do you guys think my chances are for UofM? I'm sure that is the most likely option I have. </p>

<p>Also, how much is Cornells transfer rate for CALS skewed by guaranteed transfer?</p>

<p>You'd have a much better shot at most after 2 years. UMich is worth a shot in state.</p>

<p>So out of the list of </p>

<p>UofM
Tufts
Cornell
WUSTL
Vanderbilt
University of Chicago
Northwestern
Emory
UPenn</p>

<p>Can you say with honesty, UofM is the only one I should apply to for Fall 2012 and the rest should be preserved for Fall 2013?</p>

<p>Based on your HS record and testing, you weren't a competitive candidate for any of those colleges as a fr applicant. I'm not a huge ratings fan, but do think they serve as a general selectivity scale. You are now trying to move from a USN&WR #200+ to top 30 schools.</p>

<p>Can you honestly say that 1 semester of college work (colleges won't see your final sp grades when they make their decision) should outweigh 4 years of HS? I know it's not what you want to hear, but I think you are getting realistic information here.</p>

<p>@entomom - Thank you for your viewpoint, I certainly appreciate it. Unless I receive a Holy Grail I will likely only apply to UofM for Fall 2012 due to my in-state ties.</p>

<p>Best of luck, UM is a great school and AA a wonderful place to live!</p>

<p>...First gen for college admissions purposes refers to first gen to attend college (in or outside of the US), not first gen to immigrate to the US...</p>

<p>This statement is wrong.
I was in the same situation and specifically contacted one scholarship organization regarding this question. They said that you are considered first generation going to college in America if your parents didn't go to the college in America.</p>

<p>I don't think the discrepancy applies to me. I am an immigrant and my parents did not go to college.</p>

<p>It doesn't apply to you but the first generation that US colleges give a boost for is first gen to go to college anywhere.</p>

<p>I will just say that I'm aware of many student's who transferred "up", sometimes significantly so, freshman year---so I wouldn't be discouraged away from any school on your list. But, do you have a full tuition award? If so, i think that would be a major discouraging factor.</p>

<p>Yes I do have a full tuition award but I am not very happy here at my current university. My EFC at UofM would likely be around $10k/yr which does not seem like it is very much.</p>