I would love to transfer to NYU, Vandy, UPenn, Brown or Middlebury, but...

<p>Hello everyone, I will be an entering freshmen this year at the University of Colorado and I already know I want to transfer. Don't get me wrong I plan to enjoy it, but I've already taken classes up there and lived in Boulder for over a year and it's just not what I'm looking for in a college experience. I need to be much more challenged and/or in a larger city. As far as transfering goes NYU is my first choice, follwed by Vanderbilt, UPenn, Brown and Middlebury (also St. Andrews but that's not in the States, so I won't trouble you with that). I want to know exactly what I need to do freshmen year to gain acceptance into at least one of these schools, but especially NYU. </p>

<p>Just a few stats from high school (p.s. I graduated this May): 3.65 gpa, 1700 SAT (wretched I know), two years cabinet chair, four years of varsity cheerleading, state champion, three years varsity tennis, two years as a hospital volunteer, student election judge 2008, jdrf volunteer and class president. Also, I graduated high school a semester early and studied Russian in Moscow for five months. I plan to have a perfect gpa next year, but I don't know if that will be enough to make up for my weak test scores and grades in high school. Any suggestions?</p>

<p>Shoot the lights out as far as GPA goes and write good essays. That's about all you can do.</p>

<p>You can still retake the SAT you know.</p>

<p>I'm in the same situation. I'm going to a good school but it's not really a good fit. My high school stats are 3.94 UW GPA (top 6% rank) and a 29 ACT so hopefully I'll get into some of my more preferred schools next year.</p>

<p>You might want to retake the SAT or give the ACT a go. I'm retaking my ACT after one semester so I can apply to UPenn next fall as a transfer.</p>

<p>And it's a lot easier to say that your GPA will be perfect than it may be to actually do so. But hell, I said the same thing in the spring when I first started at a CC and I have a 4.0 currently, so what do I know, right?</p>

<p>I transferred to NYU in '07. If you want to give yourself the best chances to get to Washington Square, wait as long as you possibly can to transfer. I didn't transfer immediately after freshmen year, I waited three semesters. I was accepted to NYU for spring of my sophomore year. The longer you wait, NYU cares less and less about high school. They will still look at your HS records, but they will focus more on college.</p>

<p>Can I still retake the SAT? I was told any SAT scores obtained after the start of college would be invalid. I certainly would if I could. </p>

<p>Also, if I transfer right after my freshmen year I'll technically be at a junior status. I didn't mention this, but I took college classes galore when I was in high school + my semester abroad gave my 15 Russian credits at CU. I have 33 credits as of now, so I think if I waited longer to transfer it would be kind of pointless. Only to get three semesters at NYU? I don't know, maybe that's just me being selfish and wanting to go sooner but... :\ Oh, and does anyone know if Galletin is easier or more difficult to transfer into. I would prefer Galletin, but if linguistics at the College of Arts and Sciences would be better than I would apply there. It wouldn't be that much different than what I was planning on.</p>

<p>Gallatin is MUCH easier to transfer into than the other colleges, for a variety of reasons: </p>

<p>1) They like "non-traditional" students and unique stories.
2) A lot of people transfer into the division after they realize they're a good fit for Gallatin.
3) They aren't as number-oriented as CAS is. If you can write a kick-butt essay and talk about Gallatin, you're already halfway there.</p>

<p>You should call NYU/Gallatin admissions and see how many of those college classes from HS will transfer over. They can kind of screw people over when it comes to transfer credits, so you might get a full four semesters at NYU after all.</p>

<p>Okay, thanks for the Gallatin pointers. Honestly I wouldn't mind if they didn't take all of my credits though because language is kind of the staple of my individualized major and that doesn't just happen, it takes years of practice. Thus if I end up kicking it there for an extra semester I won't mind :-) Thank-you darling...</p>