Hi everyone, I’m a current sophomore at a USNews 50-70 ranked flagship state university. I’m considering transferring - I love my current university but I’m not really feeling very intellectually challenged despite being in the honor’s program and taking primarily upper level courses thus far. In senior year of high school, I was invited to interview at Oxford university and loved the atmosphere. It was incredible to be surrounded by such smart people and I had the most amazing conversations during my week there. I think I’d be able to find a similar intellectual environment at the schools I’m currently planning on applying to, and was just wondering where I’d fall in regards to other applicants/what my chances are. Here are my stats:
Major: History and Political Science, minor in Art History
College GPA: 3.875 (Heavy upward trend; I got a 3.375 my first semester - had a hard time getting used to college - and 4.0s the other semesters. I took summer classes too to bring up my GPA, and most of the classes I took are 300+ level courses).
HS GPA: Very low; below a 3.5 UW, and between 4.2-4.0 weighted.
I also took a bunch of APs in high school, and got mostly 5s.
ECs: Nonexistent in HS, but I became really involved at university. I’m the treasurer at my university’s literary magazine, treasurer and art director at the arts and culture magazine on campus, vice-president at a volunteer club that works with homeless people in the college town, on the sailing and swimming clubs and the Quiz Bowl team, in a volunteer club that tutors prisoners, and am the president and founder of another club that is funded through donations and rents out business formal clothing for free to university students in need.
I’m expecting really good recs and essays (fingers crossed) and don’t need financial aid!
Schools I’m considering applying to are Yale, Columbia, Penn, UChicago, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Brown, Duke, Cornell, UCLA, and UC Berkeley (even though I know they mostly favor Cali CC students).
Thanks for all your help!!