I’m a rising sophomore in a T25 public school that has a top engineering school, majoring in applied physics/engineering physics double electrical engineering.
I have a 3.93/4 GPA with 48 credits in total after this semester, a High school GPA of 4.27 with 8 APs all 5. I got a 1530 SAT and 112 TOEFL (I am an Asian international student).
Two academic recomm from physics and math prof, 9-10/10
One professional very strong recomm from my research prof
Summer: Calc III, Linear Algebra, Gen Chem 1+ lab
Fall: Honor physics III, intro cogsci, intro cs, ode
Spring: Classical Mech, modern physics, modern lab, pde, and upper level English literature.
Summer: data structure and discrete math
Current EE research (ee in my school is probably top 3).
Current remote research in cryptography (TCS) and computing hardware, published 2 Journal papers and 1 conference paper. I am writing a review now.
Held a physics seminar with friends and composed a review together.
High School Student Council Senate Mr. Speaker and Student President
Costal Environment protection with 30 hours dive and cleaning.
My understanding is Columbia takes around 100 transfers (plus or minus) a year. No idea how that’s divided up between the various colleges but no where near 30% of the undergrad population as a whole (Columbia undergrad is around 6400). All the schools listed have very small acceptance rates: Princeton/Harvard/Stanford/Dartmouth/Yale/MIT/Duke (single digits to low 20-30s accepted) to the few that accept more a bit more: Columbia, UPenn, Northwestern (100-300 +/-accepted). Which is why I said the best chance (small as it might be) is with Columbia, Penn and Northwestern (with Duke as a possible outlier).
It is hard to say much without knowing more than you probably want to tell us. However, generally transferring to a highly ranked school is more likely to be possible at all if you have a very good reason to transfer. If there is a specific subject (major or research topic) that you are very interested in that your current school just does not have, to me this looks like a valid reason to want to transfer. Transferring from a top school with great stats should also help.
Beyond that, I think that we are dealing with such small numbers of successful transfer students between top schools that it is hard to predict your chances.
I don’t consider The School of General Studies when I’m chancing posters unless they’re specifically applying to it as it’s a very specific situation (students who have been out of school for a year or more). It isn’t the college the OP is applying to.
Also 2020 was an anomaly college admissions so I wouldn’t necessarily look at those numbers as typical for the schools listed.
Null point for guessing which is more credible as to ‘why’ you really want to transfer. For your sake I hope you get one of the programs that is actually strong in your field. Several of the ones you have applied to (including the ones that @ucbalumnus pointed out) will be actually be trading down for the sake of a brand name.
Sometime I would like to know the name of this T25 university that has nothing in a large, hot field of EE.
As pointed out above, the chances of getting in as a transfer to the schools above are very difficult. Even more difficult than freshman admissions. Columbia is the most transfer friendly, but even so no more than a few dozen transfers to SEAS each year.
Having a compelling need to transfer will weigh heavily on the decision. Other factors which will help include: full pay, good grades, high test scores, letters of recc.
Engineering is one of the few fields where prestige of the undergrad degree matters very little. So I agree with the others that I’m confused as to why you would leave.
Princeton just started taking transfers within the past 3 years. The profile is often someone like an army vet, who didn’t have a chance for a good education earlier, and who started at a community college or something similar. ~0 chance. I suspect Harvard and Yale will be similar – they take some seriously disadvantaged students. Your best bets are probably Cornell and UPenn in that order. I think last cycle Cornell took in some 900 or so transfers. A truly gargantuan number. UPenn also takes a respectable number.
Cornell has this program that offers some applicants guaranteed transfer admissions if they go to another college and meet certain minimum requirements there. I don’t know the number of students who are offered that option each year, but it could be substantial.