Transfer from a grad school

<p>I am currently a 1st year PhD in math at a school which ranks 60th for grad programs in math, and now I am applying to transfer to other schools.</p>

<p>In the applications, do I definitely need to list the grad school that I am currently in? In the past semester I only focus on the applications and didn't do well on the basic (graduate) courses that I took. I don't have the grades yet but I probably get one A + two Bs this semester.</p>

<p>So I don't want to list the school that I am in now. I don't want to show these bad grades. That is, I only list my undergraduate degree and my Master's degree. So:</p>

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<li>Does it hurt or affect my applications in anyway, if I don't list my current school in the applications?</li>
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<p>For example, if a school accepts me and then I tell them about my current school and that I want to transfer to them, is that bad? Thanks.</p>

<p>Yes, you definitely need to list the graduate school you are attending this year. If you don't, the program will wonder what you were doing between graduating from undergrad and now. It will definitely hurt you if you apply as a new student, and then once they accept you you say "By the way, I'm transferring, will you take some credits?" They may rescind your offer for withholding information from them.</p>

<p>They are going to want to know how you are doing in your current graduate program...and they are going to want to hear from your current adviser (or a professor in your program, if you don't have an adviser). So you may want to secure a letter of recommendation from someone at your current school. You are also going to have specify a GOOD reason about why you want to transfer - and it needs to be more than "My school is ranked 60th and I want to get into a better program." It needs to be all about fit - a better research fit at the new school for you, or something like that.</p>

<p>Thanks, I can think of a good reason for transferring. I just wish I had foreseen this problem and focused more on my classes last semester, instead of only studying to retake the GRE. Honestly, I can get all As in those courses if I spend just a bit more time on them. Thanks.</p>