Importance of High School Transcript & Transfer Questions

<p>Hi, I am thinking of the possibility of transferring for my sophomore year. I just finished high school and my senior transcript isn't that great (because of senioritis I bombed my classes, and have out of 6 classes, a C and a C+ in AP Calc AB and AP Bio). I was wondering how schools view the high school transcript and its place in transfer admissions.</p>

<p>I will be attending Bowdoin this fall and turned down Middlebury and Tufts among others. I won't be applying to any matches or safeties for transfer and am only looking at schools like Williams, Dartmouth, Columbia and Brown.</p>

<p>I am on Dartmouth's extended waiting list. I was wondering if it would be a plus or minus to apply there for transfer again, seeing I already applied this year. I applied to Amherst and got rejected there - so it would be a bad idea to apply for again for transfer?</p>

<p>Also, how hard is it to transfer to Williams, Amherst, Dartmouth, Columbia and Brown, HYP from Bowdoin with a freshman year 3.5 or higher GPA.</p>

<p>Its is viewed with about equal merit when applying as a rising soph. Think of it this way, they only have a semester of college coursework to look at and thus need to see where you were before that. Thats not to say you cant get into a top school with a "bad" hs record, but it will be more difficult as a rising soph applicant.<br>
Just read your second paragraph haha youre fine.
Keep your GPA as high as you can, continue/ expand upon EC's from hs, get to know at least two profs really well so you can get good recs. Its hard as a freshman but go during office hours and just talk to them about random stuff and finally write great essays about why you want to transfer.
All the you listed are within reach for you except HYP. Harvard accepted transfers this year after a while, no word on whether they will next year or not. Yale accepted only like 35 and Princeton doesnt accept transfer.
I think you have a great shot at Darthmouth since you were waitlisted there, good luck.</p>

<p>your HS transcript will matter as a sophomore transfer. a 3.5 won't cut it; i'd aim for 3.7+. i'm guessing most of your HS stats are good since you're going to bowdoin, but that dip in grades might raise a red flag. you might like bowdoin. it's obviously a great school and i don't think you'd be finding a very different student body at any of the schools you want to apply to. it's pretty hard to transfer to all the schools you mentioned, but i don't see why you shouldn't try. get a high gpa with a rigorous courseload, get involved in meaningful ECs, and start forging relationships with profs early for recs</p>

<p>Getting put on the extended waitlist is no mean feat and thus your applying to Dartmouth again would likely be met favorably (and would certainly not be a disadvantage), especially if you write great essays and put up some good grades. Clearly the adcom likes you :D Otherwise I agree with IronicallyUnsure's points. Best of luck!</p>

<p>If you get good grades in college- make sure to mention this in your essay. If you continue to get the same grades, you won't do yourself any favors.</p>

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not sure I agree with that, they can see your transcript and writing about your grades doesnt explain why you want to be at another school and what you hope to accomplish there.</p>

<p>It's promising that you did very well applying from high school. However, acceptance rates are much lower for transfers than they are for freshmen. (Amherst accepts ~6% of transfers). </p>

<p>Why do you want to transfer before you started your freshman year? Bowdoin is a great school.</p>

<p>"not sure I agree with that, they can see your transcript and writing about your grades doesnt explain why you want to be at another school and what you hope to accomplish there."</p>

<p>I didn't mean write about getting an A when they can clearly see that- I meant talking about your improvement and what caused it.</p>

<p>Would you guys know the acceptance rates for some of these schools? I try to find them online but it's so difficult to find the transfer acceptance rate ... whereas freshman acceptance rate is everywhere.</p>

<p>Honestly? No chance as a soph transfer given your last semester and I'm guessing Dartmouth has not seen final grades? Do well for a year and a half in college and the grades may be overlooked for junior transfer.</p>

<p>Kids, stop looking at statistics because they may be more misleading than you think. My roommate got into an impacted major at UCLA with a 3.4 with no ECs and she's white. We're still trying to figure out how that happen. </p>

<p>Enjoy your time in college and try things while you're at it without letting your grades drop. Bring something to the school... the numbers won't matter then.</p>