Prerequisites and Transferring

<p>^ OP wants to go to harvard, yale, or stanford. 25 is most definitely VERY weak for these schools.</p>

<p>OP, i second that you be more realistic. what were your HS stats? if you were not a competitive applicant to these schools as a freshman, you won't be a competitive transfer applicant unless you have some major hook that you're not telling us about.</p>

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oing to community college isn't really a weak point for some of those schools

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@Shannon, he asked what his weak points were and I told him. does that mean he cant get in? no, its just means he needs to improve on what he can
Also, the OP listed schools like HYPS, so those points are relevant.

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20-21 is the national average for the ACT

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average is absolutely right, that score is great for OSU and Miami University, but low for some of the schools he listed</p>

<p>I have a question...if your HS record was for 1.5 years (second semester sophomore and junior year) out of HS..and you do well in CC/ low tier state school for one year and get a high gpa...would you still have a good shot at transferring to places like UMD-College Park, Emory, WashU in St.Louis or Vanderbilt?</p>

<p>I said I retook the ACT and I'm awaiting my new scores. My high school stats were pretty much all A's, only problem is most of it is either Virtual School or homeschool. The only hook I have is that I started college at age 14(The high school part is a problem mainly because of the lack of resources. I originally was trying to excel in public schools, but they refused to let me in.)</p>

<p>And everybody please, stop saying I need realistic goals. I have backup plans in case the higher ranking schools don't accept me. I would rather everyone tell me how I can improve these weak points.</p>

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Are there any prerequisites for Stanford, Harvard, and Yale? Or at least, prerequisites for bachelor's degrees? Also, what is the minimum number of credit hours for the three colleges?

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<p>All of these schools have general education requirements, these are what you should be concentrating on right now, along with a few courses from your intended major. Gen ed and major requirements can be found on each of the college websites. If you're asking about the minimum number of credits you need to qualify as a transfer applicant, that information is also on the college website, colleges differ and each states explicitly who they consider a transfer student.</p>

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I am aware that it takes a lot to enter these schools. And I like to aim high, considering I can apply to other schools as backup, applying for these schools shouldn't hurt much.

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<p>Actually, too many applications can hurt in reducing the quality of all applications. There really isn't a one-size-fits-all application when you're talking about highly selective schools, you need to individualize your essays for each one.</p>

<p>@Entomom:</p>

<p>Do you know what page I can find these general education requirements? I have been searching on the college's websites but I rarely find anything useful. </p>

<p>Also, regarding your comment about applications, how long do you think it takes to make a good application?</p>

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what page I can find these general education requirements

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Vanderbilt</a> University: College of Arts and Science: Academics: AXLE
<a href="http://yalecollege.yale.edu/content/introduction-undergraduate-education-yale%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://yalecollege.yale.edu/content/introduction-undergraduate-education-yale&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>One more thing. Are the general education requirements considered prerequisites for transfer to these colleges, or are they just required over all for any bachelor's degree at the colleges?</p>

<p>they are not prereqs for transfer</p>

<p>^^^Thank you haha for the links; agree about gen ed. I think the place you'll find that there are actually prereqs for transferring is with state schools, like going from a CCC to a UC, but I could be wrong about that.</p>

<p>It really varies with the college supplement, some are more elaborate than others. But you can be assured that you need to individualize each "Why college X", whether it is in a separate supplemental essay or within your CA essay about why you want to transfer. </p>

<p>IMO, transfer applications take more time than for fr admissions. You have to get just about everything you did for fr admissions (HS transcripts, GC rec, etc.) as well as college information (LORs, transcripts, etc.). And somehow in your essays you need to express: why you want to transfer, why school X fits your needs, as well as what an interesting person you are and how you will add to your college. I'm not saying that you shouldn't apply to a range of schools, but it is a very time consuming process, particularly if you are also taking a full load of classes at the same time.</p>

<p>Ok so they are gen ed requirements for bachelor's degree, they need to be taken at a college and not high school. Am I correct?</p>

<p>yes .</p>

<p>@entomom, yeah i didnt think about that. Many CC's, not just CCC's have strict requirements on which courses need to be taken, grades received, and how many hours are taken, but that is only for CC to state school.</p>

<p>Help me out here students, are AP scores accepted to fulfill gen ed requirements or do they just serve for placement purposes?</p>

<p>different schools have different policies, even for the specific course
At Vandy AP Econ can be used, but other APs (not sure exactly which ones, maybe Calc) are used as placeholders to take upper level classes</p>

<p>Wait does 1 credit in Yale = 3 credit hours in most other schools?</p>

<p>^In general yes. Y students usually take 4-5 credits/courses per semester. Most classes are 1 credit, but labs are .5 and I believe languages might be >1.</p>

<p>considering how little you know about transferring and the breadth of your questions i strongly advise you to cross yale/harvard/stanford off your list and set more realistic goals with your counselor at your cc</p>

<p>I lol'd. It's good to dream big, but you really don't know anything. HYS doesn't have business admin for undergrad for one thing. 2nd of all, you go to a cc and don't even have a 4.0. Unless you land an internship at a hedge fund and become student body president, you're just setting yourself up for disappointment.</p>

<p>OP,</p>

<p>Some of the posters words may appear harsh, but there are elements of truth behind them. I also commend you for dreaming big, there's still a place for idealism in the world. </p>

<p>But remember to have micro goals that will help you achieve your macro dream. It would help to be extremely organized during this process. </p>

<p>You mentioned you have a backup plan, what does that entail?</p>