So, I applied early decision to my dream school: Vanderbilt University. It was my dream university for as long as I could remember. I would definitely say I have an unhealthy obsession with Vandy. I live in Southern California, and I have visited the campus three times. With each visit, I fell in love with the campus more and more each day. Over the past four years, I spent hours and hours on end researching Vanderbilt and Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, along with his family and his grandson George Washington Vanderbilt who spent the family fortune to build America’s largest estate.
I was so anxious to get my response back. I even wore my Vanderbilt sweatshirt and brought my pennant to my computer when I opened my portal in hopes that it would be an acceptance. As soon as I opened that portal, to my disappointment, it was a denial of admissions. I sat there in shock, wondering if it was a mistake for nearly an hour. I wondered what I did wrong. Was it because I did not want to not take certain classes such as Physics? I wondered if it was because of what I did was not enough, as my school does not offer AP classes or have an IB program. After the shock wore off, I realized that there were just too many qualified applicants for such few spots. In past years, per every accepted candidate, 9 who are similar to that applicant is turned down. Now, it was more about luck than anything.
So, here I am now. I am curious as to what exactly the transfer process is like. I was told that I should try transferring into Vanderbilt, but I am unsure about that. I know that the transfer rate is pretty high compared to other highly selective universities, but I do not know if this is something I should really pursue. I am not a good test-taker, and I know that you have to submit test scores along with your application. I was told by my admissions counselor that the transfer class typically consists of 220 students—give or take—who are all applying either from the United States or internationally. She also mentioned that Vandy fondly looks upon applicants who applied previously, and the majority of transfer students did not receive admission the first time around. So, if anyone could give me any insight about it, that would be great. I have a lot of options right now, and I want to be certain I choose the right path.