chance me for transfer from vanderbilt to an ivy league?

<p>so one my parents reaaally wants me to transfer from vandy to an ivy league, even though i love it here, but we will see what happens. can someone pleeeease take a look at my stats and tell me what my chances are for even getting in to any of them? thank you so much in advance!!</p>

<p>SAT I:
700 (reading)
750 (math)
800 (writing)</p>

<p>SAT II:
710 (spanish)
750 (math II)</p>

<p>high school gpa:
my school didn't have gpa or ranking, but if we did i think i would have about 3.8 unweighted</p>

<p>college gpa:
for this first term, i took chemistry, calculus, psychology, and spanish, and im predicting that my gpa will be somewhere in between 3.3 and 3.5 :/ </p>

<p>extra curricululars:
high school
-congressional page in DC for a summer
-taught english in rural taiwan for a month
-model un
-peer tutoring, writing center,
-varsity swim team
-organized my dance class to perform in nursing homes
-vice president of student government for 3 years
-dance team was a big part of my life (10 hours+ a week)</p>

-volunteer to teach science to elementary school
-volunteer to help middle schoolers who dont speak english with their homework
-help high schoolers with college applications</p>

-chinese female
-national merit scholar</p>

<p>I was going to ask why your parents were going to force you to transfer to an Ivy, then I saw you were a Chinese female. Honestly, if you don't actually want to leave Vandy, don't go. Vandy is an excellent school that I feel is on par with Cornell and Brown. The only difference is that it is not well known in Asia. Also, you probably won't be able to make it into a mid to upper Ivy with that GPA, going from Vandy to there is still moving up. Cornell might be the only one you have a shot at.</p>

<p>thanks for your honest answer hehe, do ivy league's take the fact that vanderbilt is a harder school to get a higher gpa into account? nooooo chance at all for mid-upper ivys? :/</p>

<p>A reach but not a HUGE one. If you keep improving that GPA you can become a pretty solid candy from Vandy!</p>

<p>Best of luck :)</p>

<p>They do take into account that you go to Vandy. I mean honestly if you went to Tennessee or something, I would say you had no shot whatsoever, even at Cornell. I mean you don't have very good chances at schools like Penn and Harvard but it's possible, mostly because you do already go to an excellent school.</p>

<p>With that GPA it's gonna be really tough. Also anthonyxy21 doesn't know what he's talking about. It doesn't matter which undergraduate university you go to, there are many community college kids who transfer to ivy league institutions. </p>

<p>Anyways, the whole premise of this thread gets me annoyed. You might have a shot at Cornell. Brown is need aware, so if you apply for financial aid I can't see you getting in with your GPA. And for the other ivies you don't meet the minimum "recommended" GPA requirements. Also you're a sophomore transfer, so if you couldn't get into an ivy league from high school, you're not gonna get in as a sophomore transfer. One semester of college grades does not negate four years of high school. </p>

<p>I would recommend getting your GPA up and then applying as a junior, but if you're set on transferring get some safeties.</p>

<p>@portmanteau5, You more or less said exactly the same thing I did except you elaborated and I didn't. I meant that if she came from Tennessee with that GPA, the schools would definitely take that into account and she would have no shot, however, since she came from Vandy with that GPA, the schools will view it somewhat differently and she still has a chance. I never at all implied that people from CCs or lower schools can't get into Ivies. And when I said she already goes to an excellent school, what was implied in there is she was a good high school student and was able to make it into a very selective institution. Let's be honest, a 3.9 from a CC is completely different from a 3.9 at Vanderbilt. That's what I was talking about.</p>

<p>I see you're on your defensive. Anyways the fact you think you can possibly weigh a similar GPA from different schools is astounding. Hell, I have a 3.9 at NYU and I wouldn't underestimate any kid from Tennessee or a CC who had the same GPA. </p>

<p>Anyway, you're wrong making the assumption that just because a student goes to a lower ranked school, that their GPA is inherently better or worse than another school. You can't make a comparison by the mere number. What about rigor? credits? major? Please cut your losses. Is a 3.9 community college physics major worse than a 3.9 women's studies major at Vanderbilt? Even if you thought so, who are you to make such a judgement?</p>

<p>Back to the original poster, her GPA does not fall into the category which would make her a suitable transfer to any ivy league except Cornell. (I'm not knocking Cornell, if anything I'm praising its transfer-friendly practice) Her SAT and high school GPA are good, but her college GPA is gonna weigh her down. If anything, the most we can advise her is to try and pick her GPA up to a 3.7+ and she'll be a very competitive applicant for ivies as a junior. By that time, high school still matters, but comparatively very little.</p>

<p>if i never applied to the ivys out of high school, does that make a difference? :/</p>

<p>thanks to everyone for the honest opinions, this has been really helpful.</p>

<p>Tell your parent to knock it off</p>

<p>Sorry, but really...</p>

<p>You are already going to a great institution, getting an education from Vandy vs. Cornell is not that big of a difference, honestly you need to tell your parents to be satisfied with you at Vandy. I would personally love the opportunity to attend a school like Vandy but am limited academically, you on the otherhand have this great opportunity ahead of you and you state that you enjoy Vandy immensely so there is no need for you to transfer.</p>

<p>Stay with Vandy; this is YOUR life and YOUR education. If you talk to your parents calmly and maturely about the situation, I'm sure they'll see sense.</p>

<p>I would love to go to Vandy or an upper-tier school but could never be able to due to price (despite my stats being on par with any Ivy/top ten LAC). Count yourself as lucky. Many of us would DIE to trade places with you!</p>