Is it really worth it for me to transfer from UCD to UCLA?

<p>Well, this is my first post here but i've been googling around and this forum seems to be the most informative.</p>

<p>Anyways, I'm currently a UCD (bio sci) student and have been admitted to UCLA (chemistry). I already submitted my SIR to LA but as the year's approaching to its end, I'm having second thoughts. I originally applied to transfer because my social life went down the hole beginning of sophomore year. However, that isn't the case anymore.</p>

<p>Since I'm intending on applying to med schools, I am aware that undergrad isn't as important. So the reason I am so stuck is because of several reasons</p>

<p>1) I love davis. contrary to popular belief, davis is a great place. Yeah it doesnt have the 'places' like LA or NY but life is what you make of it. I have very close friends (church friends in particular). The community is just really positive and awesome. Sorry, i don't know how else to explain it but what I'm pretty much trying to say is, my social life is more than what I can ask for.</p>

<p>2) I am im 4/5 done with my bio-sci major and im barely finishing as a sophomore which is great compared to most other student who usually get as for as I did until their end of junior year.<br>
**If I were to transfer, I'd probably have to retake a lot of courses. I know my units will transfer but after talking to one of the UCLA counseler, she made it sound like a lot of Davis courses wont transfer to their major requirements. Ie. davis physics isn't same as la physics, therefore, even if i finished physics series at davis, ill still have to retake 2of3 of la physics.</p>

<p>3) Familiarity. I know the campus, study places, etc...</p>

<p>The only reasons I want to go to UCLA is
1) Learning experience. I'd love to learn at a place like LA
2) Bigger and better medical center. Other big LA hospitals to get intern/volunteer opportunities
3) Name
4) Im from socal so I'll get to be closer to home/family.
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5) I know a lot of HS friends who are either at la or have been admitted there and right now I'm planning on living with one of them, so I won't be too socially new.</p>

<p>I know from that list, davis definitely has the upper hand. But I definitely take academics as priority. So how important do you guys think it is for me to learn at a place like LA to prepare me for grad school? And is it really worth going to UCLA for its med center? </p>

<p>Thanks!</p>

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**If I were to transfer, I'd probably have to retake a lot of courses. I know my units will transfer but after talking to one of the UCLA counseler, she made it sound like a lot of Davis courses wont transfer to their major requirements. Ie. davis physics isn't same as la physics, therefore, even if i finished physics series at davis, ill still have to retake 2of3 of la physics.

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<p>Retaking classes seems like its not worth it. Especially for bio sci --> chem? You gotta go through physics, p-chem, and multivariable calculus+linear algeb/differential eq if you haven't already.</p>

<p>I wouldn't transfer to ucla just because it has a bigger medical center. I pretty sure there are plenty of opportunities at davis.</p>

<p>I would just stay and chill at davis right now. Take it easy your junior year while studying for the MCAT and getting ready for applications. You don't want to be spending your time retaking classes. You also would probably have to take a bigger load each quarter if you want to graduate on time. (Oh will you graduate on time if you transfer?? Another thing to consider..)</p>

<p>I would transfer only if you are looking for a new adventure and seem to really really hate it at davis. Other than that I wouldn't go through the hassle.</p>

<p>do you really think itll take me 5 years to graduate even if i completed the GE at davis (which i wont have to worry about at ucla)</p>

<p>I would look at the curriculm online that is required by UCLA and try to determine which classes you would have to retake.. It is probably too late to try to figure that out from a counselor... This is a big decision& I think there is a lot more to it.. Do you have relationships with professors at Davis?? Because going to med school you are going to need really good letters of req and are you already dialed in with internships up there? </p>

<p>I think Ucla is an amazing school with some of the best science professors in the world so either way you can't make a bad decision here.. If you didn't have to repeat more than a couple classes I would probably transfer unless I had really good relationships w/ professors etc at Davis.</p>