Which is better: Cc to Ivy or UC to Ivy?

do Ivy League schools care if you’re transferring from a cc or if you’re transferring from a 4 year university (such as a UC)? Do they have a preference?

Which Ivy?

Cornell admits a lot of CC transfers - primarily from CCs in NY state, but also from out of state.

@happymomof1, only certain colleges and majors at Cornell.
Also, I know they have agreements with NYS CC’s, but where do you get the OOS CC info from? They do have some agreements with some elsewhere, though. I believe Civil Engineering with CCSF.

To the OP: transferring to other Ivies would be almost impossible regardless of which you choose.

@PurpleTitan - I don’t know that Cornell has any articulation agreements with OOS community colleges. However, that does not mean that no CC transfers would ever be admitted from OOS. Back in the stone age when I was a grad student there, I knew several undergrads who had transferred in from CCs both in and OOS - especially to Hotel, HumEc and CALS.

@josh2633 - There is a recent thread in this forum specifically on transferring from a CC to Ivy and Ivy-peer institutions. Scroll down to find it. The OP of that thread will have suggestions for you.

Really depends on the applicant, their scores, and the reason behind the transfer.

OK, Cornell CivilE does have articulation agreements with CCSF & Foothill as well as 1-2 CC’s in PA.

@happymomof1, as you probably well know, it’s a bit more difficult to get in to Cornell these days compared to back in the day. While transferring in to Cornell certainly still is possible, these days, for those not at a CC with an agreement with Cornell, the acceptance rate for transfers in to Cornell is probably in the single digits; around 10% at most.

^^^ True, that. But I still do have the general impression that Cornell is admitting more CC transfers than any of the others. At least it does have some articulation agreements. I don’t think that any of the others do.

Cornell definitely takes many more transfers than other Ivies, especially to the contract colleges.
Cal takes even more, however, and I consider them an Ivy-equivalent. So does UMich, and I consider them a near-Ivy.

Without knowing the OP’s motives for transferring, though, it’s hard to offer concrete advice.

For what it’s worth I too have heard Cornell is one of the more transfer-friendly Ivies. Also, that thread you mentioned, the kid transferred to Cornell from a non-NY cc.

Columbia’s College of General Studies may also be relatively friendly to CC applicants, from what I’ve gleaned from past forum posts.

Regarding Cornell, some posts I’ve read suggest that the nature of at least some of the articulation agreements may have changed over the years. There have been posters who said they took the required program with the required performance but did not get in. And yes, I noticed in the past that some of the schools with agreements were elsewhere, notably California.

But of course any of the university’s colleges is free to admit a transfer applicant from any college, whether or not that admission is subject to an articulation agreement.

Columbia GS requires at least one year off from schooling, however.

@PurpleTitan @happymomof1 I was thinking UPenn and the reason is that i’ve always wanted to go but i didn’t get in when I applied as a freshman

A transfer from a community college to U Penn is about as likely as being struck by lightning.

@HappyAlumnus would you say transferring from a UC is easier?

It’s very difficult/almost impossible to transfer in to UPenn regardless, though if you are over 21, you could try for LPS. Limited number of majors there, though.

There are two strategies to consider:

  1. Community College then transfer somewhere, leaving open a lot of options including places that have articulation agreements with that CC and wild cards such as the various Ivy and Ivy-peer institutions. Here is a recent thread that might interest you http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/transfer-students/1783917-community-college-to-the-ivy-league-two-year-testimonial-p1.html

  2. Best affordable 4-year college or university where you would be happy to finish your degree if the transfer applications don’t work out.

Either strategy can work well. Just remember that neither route guarantees success at transferring into X unless X does guarantee transfer admissions from Y and you decide to begin at Y.