Realistic Chances For Transferring To Duke

<p>So I'm about to be a freshman at the University of New Hampshire but I'm thinking about attempting to Duke after my first year. My father went to Duke and regularly donates a lot of money to the school, same is true with my Uncle. Roughly what GPA do you think I would need to make it into Duke with the legacy that I have?</p>

<p>I recently went through the Duke transfer admissions process, and it is no easy feat getting into Duke as a transfer. The acceptance rate for transfers this year was around 8-9 % (50 students accepted out of a pool of 700+). In other words, the transfer acceptance rate is less than the high school senior RD acceptance rate.</p>

<p>There is no magic GPA number. However, I recommend getting as close as you can to a 4.0 GPA, especially since you are not attending a school that is Duke’s peer institution (i.e Ivies, Stanford, MIT, Rice, CalTech, WashU, Johns Hopkins, etc.). You will also need 2-3 very strong letters of recommendation from professors and get deeply involved in extracurriculars too. Most importantly, you will need a very legitimate reason to transfer… not just because your dad or uncle attended Duke. Legitimate reasons include participating in a program of study not offered at UNH, research opportunities not available at UNH, etc. The main transfer app essay asks “Why do you want to transfer?” so you need to articulate that well in your app.</p>

<p>However, your legacy status and your father’s donations may help.</p>

<p>I transferred into Duke this year from CUNY Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College. I had a 3.9 GPA my freshman year. </p>

<p>I’m not sure what matters most to Duke’s Admission committee, but I’m sure your high school stats play a large role.</p>

<p>Just do the best you can in your first year, and seek out what professors can and will help you write a persuasive letter of recommendation. I had 2 college professors, the director of the Macaulay Honors College, and my high school calc professor write me letters.</p>

<p>Slik nik pretty much summed up everything you need to do to have a good chance of transferring in. </p>

<p>Best of luck!</p>