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Are EC's a (noticeable) factor in your application?

NotYetEngineerNotYetEngineer Registered User Posts: 394 Member
edited November 2014 in Transfer Students
Hello all. Just for looking for a bit of information on the particular topic. When it comes to transfers, I have been told that GPA and courseload are of the most importance. Others have told me that test scores matter to a minuscule level, while EC's are still considered.

So, are EC's a considerable factor in an application when one is trying to transfer? If so, should one focus on EC's that show an interest towards their major, or should they just participate in what interests them? Can research/working with professors and/or research groups count as EC's?

I ask because finding EC's was a major challenge in my HS. In one of the most underfunded and under-performing (academically) high schools in the state of CA (and maybe the country), EC's never went beyond a local level, in the case that one could find something. Suddenly being in a school with access to all kinds of groups and activites has proven to be overwhelming, to say the least.

Replies to: Are EC's a (noticeable) factor in your application?

  • NotYetEngineerNotYetEngineer Registered User Posts: 394 Member
    *bump*
  • bomerrbomerr Registered User Posts: 1,956 Senior Member
    Of course they are, they wouldn't have an entire section for ECs just to waste your time.

    As for ECs 9/10ths of it is showing that you are well rounded. Judging by your name you want to be an engineer so have a few tech related ECs but also some artsy ones like fashion design club.
  • comfortablycurtcomfortablycurt Registered User Posts: 2,182 Senior Member
    They aren't as important as they are for freshman admissions. It's more important to have one or two that are directly relevant to your major. Joining the Harry Potter fan club or the Magic:The Gathering fan club isn't going to help your application in any real sense. If you're a science major and you're an active member in the science club, that will show an interest in your field beyond simply taking the classes. GPA and having taken the required courses are far more important.
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