Info wanted on various colleges

<p>Can anyone who has transferred/applied to transfer to any of these colleges give me a little bit of info on the process, what they're looking for in transfers, how selectively they are, how easy it is to make the transition, etc.? I'd especially like to hear from community college transfers.</p>

<li>Bates College</li>
<li>Smith College</li>
<li>Barnard College</li>
<li>Vassar College</li>
<li>Mount Holyoke College</li>
<li>Trinity College</li>
<li>Cornell University (liberal arts)</li>
<li>Wesleyan University</li>
<li>Connecticut College</li>
<li>Binghamton University</li>
<li>Wells College</li>
<li>Douglass College at Rutgers</li>
<li>Wellesley College</li>
<li>Drew University</li>
<li>Gettysburg College</li>
<li>Dickinson College (yikes, that's long, but I'm obviously not applying to all)</li>

<p>I think that's it for right now. Any insight is very much appreciated!</p>

<p>Also, I'm not really asking for chances, but in case you're curious, my college stats are: 3.93 college GPA, honors program, Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Mu Gamma, VP of disability advocacy club, staff writer for student newspaper (on track for a higher position), Le Cercle Fran</p>

<p>Oh, I forgot to include the University of Rochester! My apologies.</p>

<p>It looks like you are in a very good position, if your SAT scores are high. I know people who have transferred to Smith, Barnard, Cornell (CAS), Wesleyan, Wellesley, and Gettysburg without any problems. University of Rochester can sometimes be ridiculously difficult when evaluating transfer credits, so you may want to bear that in mind. I suspect you will have a good shot at most of the schools on your list. Cornell may be the most difficult, depending on which college you are applying to. The questions you have about making the transition are difficult to answer, as each person's case is different.</p>

<p>Thanks for letting me know about Rochester. I expect to lose some credits, but I'm doing a liberal arts curriculum designed to transfer well to four-year institutions and really hope I don't need to take too many courses over again once I transfer. I'm also not taking anything like computer courses, cooking, or other things that obviously wouldn't transfer (and which I have no interest in to begin with). I'm worried about none of my math transferring, but I'm hoping my stats class will since I know so many colleges do offer it.</p>

<p>Cornell's transfer admit rate is 33%, and from what I hear, they prefer CC students. I actually think Bates might be the most difficult, simply because they won't admit anyone from a community college without prescreening all their courses. Unfortunately for me, it's my top pick. I'm hoping the fact that my honors English professor and Phi Theta Kappa advisor, a Bates alum, will be writing my recs will help.</p>

<p>Vassar is also going to be a challenge, seeing as the transfer acceptance rate is only 19%. (They do prefer community college students, however, and I meet their qualifications for under-represented minority student.)</p>

<p>Wells is a given. I'm very overqualified for them, they accept 82% of transfer applicants, and just the automatic Phi Theta Kappa scholarship alone will make the school /extremely/ affordable, even moreseo than my in-state colleges. My concern with them is Tufts syndrome -- they actually called my CC to ask the counselors if they knew anything about me being interested in them!</p>

<p>Cornell's 33% is an average -- the actual rates vary greatly depending on which college you are applying to. CAS is usually the most difficult, and I think their transfer admit rate was around 20% last year or maybe even lower, though you can get the accurate figures by visiting their website or the Cornell threads here. What are you planning on majoring in?</p>

<p>I assumed CAS would be difficult, but I couldn't find any stats. I still think I'll have the hardest time with Bates, though, which is unfortunate because I adore them.</p>

<p>Medieval Studies is the intended major. (It's actually a "program" at Cornell, but it's kinda hard to explain.) If I have the time and credits available to play with, I'd really like to double-major in Medieval Studies and Comparative Literature. At some colleges, I'll have absolutely no trouble with the double, but I'm not sure about Cornell.</p>

<p>My brother transferred into Drew after only one semester at another college and found the process to be very accommodating. It is not at all lax--they required an interview, etc.--but they were relatively flexible as far as transferring credits and including transfers in orientation activities, etc.</p>

<p>Beginning, what makes you think Cornell prefers CC students? is it true for engineering too?</p>