Transfer from Georgetown to UT

<p>Hello everyone, </p>

<p>I've just applied to UT and am biting my nails despite having 3 or so months to wait. Could anyone give me some feedback, please?</p>

<p>I am transferring from Georgetown University with a 3.2 GPA (ouch, I know). I began as a business major but recently transferred to GU's liberal arts school. I am applying to the COLA Russian department and will have a recommendation from my Russian professor at Georgetown. In Russian I got As and B+s. It was my business classes that killed my GPA. Yuck :) </p>

<p>I wrote what I believe to be a great essay on my sexuality and how I've found my passion in promoting equal rights. I was a member of GUPride and the College Democrats, participating in marches from California to Washington to Maine. I was also a member of the GU triathlon team and participate in marathons and Ironman triathlons. I would be on the triathlon team at UT. </p>

<p>I am working full time now at QuikTrip in Southlake, TX. I have a hefty amount of service work through my church. </p>

<p>My permanent residence is in Memphis but I have been living in Grapevine since March of this year. I know I wouldn't yet be considered in-state. </p>

<p>If anyone could give me ANY feedback to calm my nerves or at least allow me to hear something! UT has become a passion of mine (my bike is even UT colored- which I may or may not have slipped into an essay hehe). </p>

<p>Thank you, guys!</p>


<p>I really don’t want to be a party pooper, but a 3.2 is kind of low, even for Cola. I got into Cola with a 3.5 and 30Hrs. When I asked people my chances, I was told a 3.5 Gpa for Cola almost guarantees you will get in, however, it just depends. I would try to raise your GPA a little more. Don’t give up, do good on essay, because you never know:) Also because you are really out of state, you should have a competitive GPA.</p>

<p>Thanks Melanie! I know, my GPA is certainly less than stellar. I am hoping, and have read in some places, that UT is able to look at OOSers applications a little more holistically than in-state students. Maybe that’s just my selective reading though :slight_smile: </p>

<p>I also hope they’ll look at my Russian and liberal arts oriented grades more than my business grades (accounting, business stat etc). Those grades were much higher and that’s the route I’d be taking at UT. Who knows though, it’s out of my hands from here.</p>

<p>God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change :-)</p>

<p>I know what your going threw. I was going crazy waiting. When I first started searching threw this site, I did see someone who got in Cola with a 3.3, so Im sure there is a story out there regarding a 3.2 getting in. Let me know how it goes:) Did you do the optional essay as well?(that might help)</p>

<p>Yep I did it as well. My essays were somewhat unique, I’d like to think. Hopefully they think so as well :-)</p>

<p>I’m in such a limbo, trying not to get too excited about UT and not get too “down” on Georgetown. I love this school (there is a reason I applied EA), but I’ve come to believe it’s not the best environment for me. Ahhh, I wish there was truly rolling admissions!!</p>

<p>Hi, swimmer1, it sounds like you put in your best effort on the app. The rec from your Russian teacher should be a big plus and help to show the weaker parts of your transcript relate to an academic pursuit that was all wrong for you. Surely admissions folks are more forgiving than punitive in such instances…after all, college is all about figuring out things like Russian over Business (that’s a pretty dramatic one!). </p>

<p>Please don’t make yourself crazy worrying 3.5 is an absolute. Admissions is all about evaluating what you’ve done in context. Earning a 3.2 from Georgetown–one of the nation’s top universities–will carry far more weight than a 3.2 from most other schools. </p>

<p>Good luck!</p>

<p>I hope they look at the university you are transferring from- I’ve read they do and that they do not. </p>

<p>Georgetown instituted a new grading policy in the business school to fight grade inflation- it was quite rough. I had a managerial accounting prof say: “This will only hurt those of you trying to go to grad school or transfer.” Well…thanks ;-)</p>

<p>P.s. I was studying International Business and took Russian for the foreign language requirement. After my freshman year I realized the only class I was truly passionate over was Russian. I’ve always been a foreign language/culture/international type person and have “squashed” the notion that I have to study what my parents want (ie: finance). I’ll pave my own path :-)</p>

<p>Swimmer 1,</p>

<p>Don’t stress out!
I am truly convinced that the admissions committee will view your application holistically and take your extracurricular activities into considerations. =)</p>

<p>Also, I think UT would realize that 3.2 is not stellar, but you’re not coming from an unknown school, you’re coming from Georgetown.</p>

<p>Good luck!</p>


<p>For what it’s worth, the username “swimmer1” was the coolest name I could think of when I made it circa 2004…when I was lurking on this website in 8th grade. That seems problematic in retrospect :)</p>

<p>Just another quick question, if anyone knows:</p>

<p>I’ve got everything sent into UT but they havent gotten my rec letter. Is there a way to let them know that’s coming before they review it or what? Do they even look at the apps before the deadline, given that I’m two months out. </p>


<p>swimmer1- I think they wait for all apps to come in before they review them. I sent my rec in after my app, just make sure they get there before the deadline. You can even call admissions and ask for a counselor and they well tell you if it made it or not. That’s what I did. swimmer1-are you going to Georgetown in TX by Round Rock?</p>

<p>Melanie, </p>

<p>Since being in Texas, I’ve had a lot of people think I go to school down there! But no, this is Georgetown University in Washington, DC.</p>

<p>Ok, I see. I have heard good things about your school:)</p>

<p>It’s an absolutely awesome school…for some people. I applied as a wide-eyed high school senior living in Tennessee, thinking going to a northeast private school was my “ticket.” The academics were great- challenging and whatnot- but the social life left a lot to be desired (for me). Big northeastern prep-school/boarding school/children who’ve never had to work for anything in their life kind of influence. Of course, that’s not everyone there, but I found that to be the overwhelming majority of the student body. </p>

<p>While UT has students like that, it is a big enough school to where it doesn’t seem like every other person you meet is a trust fund, finance major, lacrosse playing, Jersey born, Connecticut educated kid :slight_smile: (<—stereotypying…)</p>