Last summer, in the midst of COVID uncertainties and travel restrictions, we steered our daughter away from her preferred US college (Georgetown), so that she might join her older brother at the University of Oxford in the UK. While her brother is very happy there, she isn’t, and will be applying to transfer back to the US.
She was born and grew up on the East Coast. We moved overseas some years ago, and she completed her high school online in a homeschooled environment. She is an introvert and has limited ECs. She got into some good colleges mostly on the strength of her academics (GPA 4.0 UW, ACT 35, 4 SAT Subject Tests of 770 or above, 7 APs) and essays.
Her academic interests are Classics and Linguistics. At Oxford, she had a choice of doing Classics or Linguistics (with Italian), and chose the latter. But she missed studying Latin, and will look to combine Classics with Linguistics (major or minor), in a liberal arts environment, when she returns to the US.
One complication is that Oxford only has year-end assessments, with first-year final exams scheduled for June 2022. At the time of transfer applications, she will have no university transcript / grades (actual or predicted) as everything hinges on the year-end finals.
We have contacted a number of schools about the lack of transcript / grades. While some (like Chicago and Pomona) are very familiar with the Oxbridge system and welcome her application, others are not so knowledgeable. Cornell for instance asked her not to apply.
She will have academic recommendations from her Oxford professors, and can possibly press them for unofficial classifications. Most likely, she will get “2/1” (Second Upper) for her courses which, according to the US-UK Fulbright Commission, will be equivalent to A- (or B+).
Her top choices are Pomona, Georgetown, Northwestern, UPenn, Swarthmore. Other schools of interest include Haverford, Johns Hopkins, WashU St Louis, Vanderbilt, plus Grinnell, Colgate, Carleton. The list is based on location (family & friends), academic fit, and transfer acceptance numbers.
Here are a few questions:
Will she get “struck out”? She really wants to move back to the US.
The professors at Pomona are really nice to her and gave detailed answers to her questions. Colgate also said they had experience with transfer applicants from Oxford. We don’t know how to read other universities. Will they be favorable to her applications?
We also have some concerns about transfer credits, but since Oxford is reputable, we figure she will at least get some electives. One Pomona professor thinks she will have advanced standing on Linguistics side, and her courses will transfer. She just wants a Sophomore standing, and should have it with APs and Oxford coursework.
Let us know what you think. Just want to have some assurance. Thanks.