Brandeis Fall 2017 Transfer Thread

Hi everybody. My son applied to Brandeis for Film, Television and interactive media. He’s coming from a CC, associate degree in Gen Ed. College Gpa: 3.6, it should go up. Was in a vocational school before, web design and programing, gpa: 3.6. ECs: animation 2D and 3D at Lesley, Film production 1 @BU, and a professional certificate in screenwriting at Emerson college (3 semesters). He has 2 jobs, one where he works easaly 15 hours per week as a manager. He is 19 years old. I don’t think his essays were stellar. But he has excellent letters of recommandation. He is bilingual French/American. He applied to BU and Emerson, that last one being his top choice. He is accepted to Suffolk and Umass Boston. Suffolk would be his best back up regarding the FA he received. We are waiting to hear back from Emerson, BU and Brandeis. If FA is not good, he won’t attend those dream school. He will work hard to apply to a university in LA. He considers BU and Brandeis as reaches. But we never know. Happy to find a thread for transfering students to Brandeis. Crossing my fingers for all of you. Good luck !

Do you guys think I have a chance for transfer admission?
College GPA: 4.0
High School: 3.4 weighted GPA
SAT-Opt Out
I took 10 AP Classes All in total

I am a black male from the hood, who watched his cousin get shot by gang members, and has had to take care of a mom who had a stroke. But I have some very awesome extra curricular activities. I am president of my school’s debate team, and I’ve had to be the coach and president because our school couldn’t afford a coach. I am ranked as the best teenage orator in my city, and one of the top 80 orators in the nation. First black to win the California State championship in speech and debate. I started a tutoring program for black students at my school, because blacks were performing way lower than other ethnic groups. And because of that program, all of the failing black students who participated in the program ended up passing. I interned for a state senator, and when interning for him I hosted a debate tournament for inner-city youth. In addition, I wrote a bill called AB 672 which gives assistance to prisoners who are wrongfully convicted. The bill that I wrote was actually voted by the California State senate and signed by the state governor, and now the bill I wrote is now in effect. I also have won several awards for Mock Trial, Academic Decathlon, and I am a columnist for a local newspaper. I also have stopped a lot of peers in my neighborhood from joining gangs and getting addicted to drugs. My grades are low, but I’ve done amazing things. Do you think that they’ll look past my low high school gpa and test scores and give me a chance?


I definitely think you’ve got a shot at Brandeis. Your college GPA shows that you can handle the rigor of college classes and if you did well on your AP classes in high school, that will strengthen your academic profile. What’s most compelling about you, from my perspective, is your service-oriented activities. You see a problem and address it with measurable success-- failing black students passed their classes because of your tutoring program, the bill you wrote to assist wrongfully convicted prisoners is now in effect. These are impressive accomplishments. You’ve also suffered some Real Shit: your mother’s stroke, your cousin getting shot by gang members. These experiences mean you potentially have insights that other students at Brandeis will not, and that’s a good thing.

From what I understand, Brandeis is big on community service in the sense that it encourages students to consider the ways in which they can give back to their communities and use their education to address real issues in the world. You’ve already done that. Show Brandeis your passion, what makes you special, and what about Brandeis makes it a great fit for you, and I’d be surprised if you weren’t accepted.

Some things to consider: how does your major(s) fit with Brandeis’ offerings? What are some potential career paths you see yourself pursuing, and how can Brandeis get you there? I gather that a lot of applicants treat Brandeis as an Ivy League safety, which is not the vibe you want to give off. Your interest in the school should be sincere. If you can, schedule an interview; I had a great time with the current senior I interviewed with and feel like it gave me a way to show Brandeis aspects of myself not readily apparent on the application.

That said, good luck!

@BelovedInfidel Thank you very much. I definitely agree with you.

So these last two years the first round of decisions have come out on the second to last thursday of april. So i think there’s a pretty good chance that some decisions are released two days from now.

I hope you’re right, @sPib9Kiv9anD0aWd. I can’t wait any longer!

I did not get any decision emails today. What about everyone else?

We are like a transfer student family here, so let’s all help each other out!

Hey guys have any of you have heard back from Brandeis?



No news.

Does anyone know when will the first wave come out?

I haven’t heard anything yet either. On pins and needles. I hope the first wave comes out before May 1st.

I got my decision. Rejected again.

first wave of decisions just came out. I was accepted but probably won’t be attending. good luck to everyone else!!

What were your stats? @shelm98

I wonder if they’ll send out more later tonight? I need to know soon because I have deposits due May 1st :frowning:

do you receive email or just see them in portal? @shelm98 @zenalc

They sent them through both for me. @luckybaby

Of course, I was rejected anyways. Well, good to know in the first wave of decisions I guess. Whatever.

Sorry for you. Hope you could have more good news in latter schools. @zenalc

@luckybaby You did not receive a decision? With your stellar stats, I am sure you will get accepted. Also, do you rely on financial aid from Brandeis, or will you be able to pay the full $60,000 a year?