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When did you start thinking to apply for transfer admission?

mcalderon94mcalderon94 Registered User Posts: 51 Junior Member
edited May 2012 in Transfer Students
Hi!
I am international student and I have been accepted at KU with a great scholarship :). If anything goes as planned I will be attending Ku School of Engineering this Fall.
I want to major in Computer Science and, while KU school engineering is very good, I think I may have another chance of going to a college with a better CS program if I transfer. Maybe I like KU, but keeping transfer as an option is what I have in mind, and it wouldn't hurt to try :).

So I was wondering when did you, people that have already applied for transfer or are in another college after transfering, started to think and prepare for your application process?
If I want to apply for Fall 2013 admission (so that I would only study one year at Ku) I have seen the deadlines for most universities are January or February. I think I would need to retake the SAT (originally 1870), SAT Physics (originally 740) if I want to apply for great schools (maybe one or two that offer need blind admission). I am afraid that would mean that I will have to prepare & take the SATs again, write the essasys (very good ones), have a great relationship with teachers to get good recommendations, and study hard for college courses too to get an outstanding GPA!

I think many of you have thought of the same situation so could anyone help me? I have a great will to commit to this process, so if doing all of the above is the only option I would do my best to achieve my goals :)
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Replies to: When did you start thinking to apply for transfer admission?

  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    study hard for college courses too to get an outstanding GPA!

    For soph transfers, when decisions are made, you will only have completed 1 sem of college, so your HS record and test scores will be weighted more heavily than your college record. If you want to transfer 'up' significantly, you would be much better off to try as a jr transfer.
  • mcalderon94mcalderon94 Registered User Posts: 51 Junior Member
    Thank you for your comment. So will high school stats matter more than university? Even if I have a 4.0 GPA my first semester and get into many clubs and leadership positions?

    But one of my biggest doubts is when did people that transfer their first year of university decided and started their application? It looks that applyinf for transfer admission the first year means to work really hard the first semester + do all the necesary things (take SATS, essays, recommmendations, ECs) to get into a better college (assuming that one transferss to a better college than he/she is attending at the moment).
  • justina11justina11 Registered User Posts: 214 Junior Member
    I decided during the spring semester of my senior year in high school when I realized that I was stuck going to either UGA or Georgia Tech.
  • mcalderon94mcalderon94 Registered User Posts: 51 Junior Member
    Georgia Tech would be just fine to me, they have a good CS program :). But how did you managed the application process in your first semester of college?
  • Knights09Knights09 Registered User Posts: 1,739 Senior Member
    I first thought about transferring before I graduated high school, but I decided that I was going to stick it out at the school I chose for at least a year. I had no real problems with my choice, I just knew in my head that I hadn't applied myself in HS as much as I could have and could do better.

    Concentrated on doing well in school, but not at the expense of meeting friends or doing stuff outside of class. Decided to test the waters for junior admission after three semesters at my school with a 3.9 GPA. I wasn't committed to transferring, I just wanted to see what was out there. I liked my school a lot and was enjoying my time there.

    Got into some great schools, and a program that I would have basically been a fool to turn down. I didn't even commit myself to going until a week or two after I deposited (could always lose the deposit and not enroll).

    You should not be concentrating on Fall 2013 admission. It will screw up your grades and hinder you socially. There is no way you'll be able to adjust to college, retake your SATs, get a good GPA, get to know your intro course professors well enough for them to write a decent rec, get involved on campus to show leadership and interests, make friends, and write decent admissions essays. Absolutely no way.

    Look at that sentence above and tell me if that sounds remotely feasible without sleeping 3 hours/night.

    Buy yourself more time to build a stronger resume for Fall 2014 admission. If you wait until then, everything else will more or less fall into place. You'll have gotten to know some professors more, gotten involved on campus, hopefully gotten good grades. All that you'll need to find time to do somewhere is study to retake your SATs if you want to. By the way, most schools don't require that you send test scores if you're transferring with 60+ credits.
  • tomjenningstomjennings Registered User Posts: 99 Junior Member
    The instant that I got my rejection letter in high school
  • justina11justina11 Registered User Posts: 214 Junior Member
    Georgia Tech is indeed a good school, but it is a poor fit for anyone who doesn't want to study engineering, science, or computing. I decided against UGA because of its politics and its cultural homogeneity (that, and I'd rather spend a year in Atlanta than in Athens, GA).

    Knights dude: I did all of those things (with exception to retaking the SAT) and I got a pretty decent amount of sleep (I admit there were a few late nights, but this is normal for any college freshman). It's just a matter of time management. I took 18 hours' worth of classes, worked side-by-side with my English professor on a film project and also snagged a recommendation from him, I worked as a staff writer for the school newspaper, I drew cartoons for the school newspaper, I worked for the school radio station, I participated in a number of clubs and I managed a GPA of 3.82 (I took a horrifically difficult history course and got a B). I worked on my transfer applications during winter and spring break.
    I didn't make a lot of friends, but I don't think this had much to do with my decision to transfer. I'm not a terribly social person, and I don't really fit in at this school to boot.

    Anyway, yeah, it is totally feasible. You might want to kill yourself, but that just comes part-and-parcel when you enter a school with the intention of transferring out.
  • mcalderon94mcalderon94 Registered User Posts: 51 Junior Member
    Thank you for your comments! Both of you knights and justina, they have been really helpful :)
    I also believe that commiting myself to the transfer application (with all it requires) and getting good grades and college experience, all in one semester, would be very difficult and demanding. This is why I created this thread, so that other people like you could give me advice. But I also think it may be a matter of time management.
    I am already planing what to do I want to commit with this process.
    First of all, my first priorities would be getting good grades at classes, and getting involved in extracurriculars and projets with teachers.
    These are the more important things to take into account, even if I apply or not for fall 2013 admission.
    The truth is that if I have the possibility to apply this year.. why not? maybe my biggest chance is applying for fall 2014 but it wouldn't hurt to try this year. I would not kill myself in the process and not enjoy college, but if I manage my time it may be possible.

    Thanks again.
  • jym626jym626 Registered User Posts: 54,031 Senior Member
    Ga Tech has many opportunities for the non-STEM student. It has a liberal arts school, an undergrad Business Management degree and science majors (biology, psychology, etc). It is certainly known for engineering, but is not limited to this.
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