Transfer Chances

<p>Hi,</p>

<p>I am a pre-pharmacy major to be a sophomore at the University at Buffalo.
I am looking to transfer to a tier one school.</p>

<p>I had 4.0 GPA throughout my freshman year.
I graduated high school from New York state with the Advanced Regents with Honors Diploma in 3 YEARS.</p>

<p>Fairly low SATs however.
SAT:
CR = 590
Math = 710
Writing = 490</p>

<p>SATII:
Bio. = 720
Chem. = 680
Math II = 630</p>

<p>I am fairly certain that if I retake Chem SAT II I will get 780+.</p>

<p>High school involved 3 sports and plenty of ECs every year.
I am quite sure I have 1 great rec. letter, and another decent one.</p>

<p>I am currently in my second research lab. I didn't enjoy the first one, so I moved onto another field of study.</p>

<p>Colleges that interest me:
UC Berkeley
U Chicago
Cornell
Johns Hopkins U</p>

<p>What schools do I have a good chance of being able to transfer into, considering if I maintain a 4.0 through my 3rd and 4th semesters.</p>

<p>I would be looking to transfer as a pre-med major.</p>

<p>Sorry if this thread is in the wrong section. If a mod. could move it over to the right section, it would be great.</p>

<p>You may want to re-post this in the Transfer Forum if the Moderator doesn't move it there. You can find the Transfer Forum by going to the first page that lists all of the forums, and then scrolling down. Once you find it, read through the sticky thread at the top titiled "Transfer Admissions 101". That will help you a lot.</p>

<p>Your CR and Writing scores are very low relative to the others. Is English your second language? If so, it may be worth it to you to take the TOEFL. </p>

<p>If you will have taken a college-level Chemistry course when you apply to transfer, there is no reason to re-take the Chem SAT II. Your actual grade in Chemistry will matter a lot more.</p>

<p>Pre-med is not a major. It is a series of courses. You can major in anything at all and still be pre-med provided you take those classes. Med School itself is hideously expensive, so you want to do your undergraduate degree as cheaply as possible and save your money for Med School. Med School admissions is also very numbers based. Your GPA in the pre-med courses, your overall GPA, and your MCAT score matter a lot more than the name of the college/university that you graduate from. Get in touch with the pre-med advisor at your current university, and talk with them about where their graduates go for Med SChool.</p>

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I am fairly certain that if I retake Chem SAT II I will get 780+.

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<p>Agree with hm1, you're in college now, SAT IIs are a thing of the past, it's your college grades that count now.</p>

<p>If you're a NY resident, are you going to be willing/able to pay full fare at a UC before going on to Med school? Also, it is very difficult for OOS students to transfer to a UC as the main pathway is for CCC students. Will you qualify for need based FA at the other schools you've listed and have you checked their FA policies for transfers (I'm not familiar with them, but some schools are less generous with transfers)?</p>

<p>Ditto hm1 about GPA mattering more than the UG college you attend. Please go to the Pre Med Topics subforum and read the stickies about premed coursework and how to choose a college.</p>

<p>Well actually I would be looking to apply as a Biotech. major.</p>

<p>And English is not a second language for me. Can someone link me to the transfer forums?
I am quite new and don't know how to navigate the forums. </p>

<p>Also I am a NY student.
UC Berkeley is my #1 pick for college as well as U Chicago, and I want to consider financial issues after I find out whether I am accepted or not.</p>

<p>Should I retake the SAT Is then? Because even applying out of high school, it was my SATs that dropped my chances of getting into any good college. I had tremendous amounts of ECs and high 3.9x average graduating from high school in only 3 years.</p>

<p>Is UC Berkeley that hard to get into from OOS?</p>

<p>I am also wondering about GTowne, and how my chances are for over there.</p>

<p>"I want to consider financial issues after I find out whether I am accepted or not."</p>

<p>Please don't do that. If money is an issue for your family, you could easily shell out hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars in your application fees, only to learn that you can't afford to transfer. Be smart about this. Sit down with your parents, and talk about just exactly where the money is going to come from for your education. If they can pay $50,000 to $60,000 each year then go ahead and apply wherever you feel like. If they can't, you need to thoroughly investigate the financial aid policies for each of the places on your list.</p>

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Can someone link me to the transfer forums?

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<p>That's where your thread is now (Under College Admissons & Search).</p>

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UC Berkeley is my #1 pick for college as well as U Chicago, and I want to consider financial issues after I find out whether I am accepted or not.

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<p>As an OOS student you'll be paying full fare, about 50k/yr, no FA or merit.</p>

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Is UC Berkeley that hard to get into from OOS?

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<p>Go to the UC Transfers subforum under this one and you can find out all about how transferring to UCs works.</p>

<p>Thanks for your thoughts on this, but no one seemed to be answering my question.</p>

<p>What are my shots are getting entrance. I can reconsider UC Berkeley, but isn't also only 50k the first year?
Also I want to know my shots at U Chicago, GTown, Cornell & Johns Hopkins U.</p>

<p>Everyone is so concerned about finances... I just want some opinions on entrance chance.</p>

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I can reconsider UC Berkeley, but isn't also only 50k the first year?

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<p>No, you cannot become an IS student after a year of attending UCB, take a look at their residency requirements. This is a FAQ that is asked and answered almost monthly.</p>

<p>I don't do chances, so I'll take my leave now.</p>

<p>Regardless of my finances (which should not matter to anyone here), the bottom line I am asking is what is the best school I have a good chance of earning transfer acceptance too.</p>

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Regardless of my finances (which should not matter to anyone here)

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<p>If you had stated in your OP that finances are not a problem, then members would not have considered that an issue and would not have commented. However if you make statements like:</p>

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UC Berkeley is my #1 pick for college as well as U Chicago, and I want to consider financial issues after I find out whether I am accepted or not.

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I can reconsider UC Berkeley, but isn't also only 50k the first year?

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<p>Then members will address money issues as many students and parents don't understand how FA/merit aid works, particularly for OOS students at the UCs. The primary focus of this discussion board is to provide realistic, accurate information about college admissions, which in no way prevents any members who chose to from a giving you input on Chances.</p>

<p>Unless you raise your CR and W sections by at least 150-200 points each, you kind of have a snowball's chance in Hell getting into those schools :/</p>

<p>So if I retake my SATs even while in college, it will be beneficial?
Because the others said that SAT IIs are a "thing of the past."</p>

<p>Also I have heard that Berkeley doesn't consider SAT scores for transfer, they look at a variety of other things.</p>

<p>A 4.0 GPA & involvement in research labs with volunteer hours should help though right? I guess what I am asking is what do I need to do in order to get into U Chicago / Johns Hopkins U / Berkeley.</p>

<p>I'm not too fascinated by Cornell.</p>

<p>You have to check the specific policies for transfer admissions to know whether or not SAT scores are required, and if they are required whether or not the SAT can be taken after you have started college.</p>

<p>If you do determine that you can retake the SAT and have the score used for your transfer admissions applications, you do indeed need to address the reasons for your low CR an W scores. You will need a serious SAT prep regime to get you ready.</p>

<p>Since you are in NY State, the state divisions at Cornell could be good options for you. You should thoroughly investigate the offerings in CALS and HUMEC.</p>

<p>First of all, SUNY Buffalo is a tier one school. Your GPA is great but if you have less than 30 college credits then colleges will weigh your HS transcript and SAT scores. If you can maintain a 4.0 through your third and fourth semester (I assume you will have at least 60 credits by this time) you stand a great chance transferring into those schools you listed.</p>

<p>I believe cornell, berkeley, and johns hopkins do NOT require SAT if you are a transfer student.</p>

<p>^ For Cornell it depends in which college you transfer into. I think you have a great shot at Cornell, especially since you're a NY resident. I'm a oos resident and got a full ride. They have amazing financial aid!</p>

<p>Wow this is exciting!</p>

<p>I actually have a higher number of credits as well.
At my high school we had a program where we earn community college credits for our classes (there were no "AP" classes).</p>

<p>Before graduating from high school I had 33 credits from a local community college (4.0 GPA from there as well).
I have also completed 46 credits here at U Buffalo, 13 being honors level credits.</p>

<p>Also only 6 of those 46 credits are from Gen-Eds. The rest are from math/science based classes.
I would also be looking to apply to Cornell college of arts & sciences.</p>

<p>But I guess it's time to hit the books for SAT prep this summer...
The main reason for my lower SATs was my earlier graduation, I was not planning on even doing this until November, and was forced to take the SATs in December. But, regardless it's no excuse for such a low SAT (by my standards).</p>

<p>I didn't think I had a shot at Johns Hopkins, but hearing this it really makes me excited. Johns Hopkins was my dream school since I was a kid. I just went with Berkeley because I thought it was easier to get in.</p>

<p>Lavender19, you got a FULL RIDE at cornell? WOW</p>

<p>are you a high school student or did you get in as a transfer?</p>

<p>WOW.</p>

<p>@CollegeFAN.<br>
What is your GPA of the 33 credits you took at CC?
To be honest, if you have more than 60 TOTAL retaking the SAT won't help that much. Once you are already enrolled in college, SAT scores aren't crucial. Especially for the schools that do NOT require them.</p>

<p>Well of the 33 credits only 30 transferred to U Buffalo (I don't even know what those 3 credits were from...).
But they were also all 4.0 GPAs.</p>

<p>So far I have junior status at U Buffalo. But I would want to apply to be a junior at those schools. I want to spend 4 years on undergrad., not 3.</p>

<p>I also wanna know if you were a transfer or out of high school @ Lavender19.</p>

<p>I'm a transfer student. I'd also say you have a good chance at Johns Hopkins. I don't know why an institution would deny a 4.0 cumulative GPA. Just make sure that you have all the prereqs. Do you have any other extracurriculars in college besides the research lab? Do not get me wrong research is excellent, and I'm looking forward to it myself. I honestly do not think that your high school record/extracurriculars during that time are going to play that much of a factor. I was the "average" high school student who didn't try and I got into an ivy. I think it's GPA, essays, and your extracurriculars now (not high school). Test scores will probably count at JHU. Work experience is also good if you have some of that.</p>