Transfer Student - Advice

<p>Currently I am a sophomore at Chapman University in Orange, CA. I am at the Dodge School of Film and Media Arts as a Public Relations and Advertising major. Put simply, I am not happy here. I find it hard to be myself here, I don't enjoy the student body or the attitudes and lifestyles that come with living in Orange County.</p>

<p>I want nothing more then to transfer but I can't seem to find the right college for me, so I am hoping for some help.</p>

<p>I am from the northwest in a wealthy suburb outside of Seattle and I love everything about it. I have family in Nashville, TN and I absolutely love that city as well. I have also lived in North Carolina and enjoyed my time there.</p>

<p>My dream school since I was a kid has been Vanderbilt, I understand I do not have the grades to get accepted into that university but I was hoping for some alternatives of schools that resemble the location/student body. I like the small school with a big school feeling but I am open to anything. Other huge stretch schools I would be interested in are Wake Forest, Villanova and University of Washington.</p>

<p>My HS gpa was a 3.3 with a 1650 SAT's. I am willing to re-take the SAT's and/or ACT's for my transfer application.</p>

<p>My current college GPA is a 2.5. My second semester was a 3.5 but my grades were considerably low during my pledge semester (first semester freshman year). I played baseball and lacrosse during HS, was heavily involved in school leadership, represented Washington in the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington DC and I am an active member in one of the largest national fraternities. I worked 20-25 hours a week during HS at a grocery store, I have worked as a line cook at a country club and this past summer I was the manager of Pool Services at a country club which included managing a pool-side restaurant. I consider myself charismatic, a leader and a very good public speaker.</p>

<p>Now that you know a little bit about me, I am hoping for some suggestions of colleges that would be a good fit for me. I am open to nearly anything but I want to get out of California. Thanks I greatly appreciate it!!!!</p>

<p>with those HS and college grades, i dont think you have much of a chance at all to get into Wake, Richmond, or Villanova...if you had a 3.5 second semester does that mean you had a 1.5 first semester?</p>

<p>Yeah, it does. First semester freshman year was the lowest point of my life, physically and mentally as there was a lot going on in my personal life/family. This semester my gpa should be between 3.5-4.0</p>

<p>I understand I don't have a chance to get into Wake or Nova, I was just hoping for suggestions of schools that are similar but less selective.</p>

<p>All in all, I am looking for a conservative preppy school. What do you guys think about Davidson, College of Charleston, Clemson (my grandparents live right next to it) or SMU? I think there are all still a reach. But really I am just looking for less selective conservative preppy schools, preferably with a greek system.</p>

<p>Anyone have an idea...?</p>