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How bad will this look on my transfer applications?

sayanorasayanora Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
edited November 2012 in Transfer Students
I think my course-load seems too scattered and light in order to be competitive for transferring...I've been looking at liberal arts schools like Williams, Rice, and Pomona.

Freshman year first semester:
Intro to Econ (4) A
Calc II (4) A-
English Class (4) A-
History breadth class (4) P [took it pass/no pass]
Total graded units: 12

Second semester:
Chem I (4) A
Astronomy (3) A
Metabolism Class (3) A
Psych I (3) A
Total graded units: 13
Also had some pass/no pass electives

Sophomore year:
Chem II (5) will probably get an A
Physics (4) will probably get an A
Math III (4) will probably get an A
---upper div anatomy--- (3) will probably get a C or B minus... am trying to figure this stupid situation out right now.

If I drop this bio class, I will only have 13 graded units.

Thoughts on my schedule? I'm in quite a messy predicament right now. I'm really worried about how my course-load will affect my chances. I do have a decent GPA and extracurriculars but I don't know if the light course-load will cancel this out.
Post edited by sayanora on

Replies to: How bad will this look on my transfer applications?

  • sometransfersometransfer Registered User Posts: 126 Junior Member
    Yes, you have a very scattered schedule. For liberal arts colleges, there are a lot of open electives anyway. The difficulty of your course load is fine because you have a full Calculus sequence, a full chemistry sequence, and some physics in there. Of course, you would need to declare a major with all those courses are requirements, such as math or chemistry. The problem is Pomona and Williams (and most top liberal arts colleges) are super-selective for transfer students. Unless you are applying from a college of near-equal ranking, which I assume otherwise, your chances are low.

    I consider Rice a research university, but the transfer acceptance rate there is much higher than Amherst. Again, your chances depend on your declared major - you are far behind for something like engineering, but math should be possible. Make sure to focus your studies next semester.
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