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University of Pennsylvania Fall 2019 Transfer Thread

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  • limitdoesnotexist1limitdoesnotexist1 106 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 108 Junior Member
    Hi, everyone :) I'm applying to transfer to UPenn for Fall 2019 as well. I'm a bio major at a NJ community college and I currently have a 3.75GPA. I live about 20 minutes away from UPenn, so I'd be able to commute.
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  • LivingLife1LivingLife1 5 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Hi y'all! Current sophomore at Penn (studying finance and OID in Wharton) who transferred in and was exactly in your situation last year here. I know how stressful the process can be and the difficulty to get accurate information. If anybody has any questions/thoughts/concerns, I will do my best to address them. Best of luck!
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  • TamilinlondonTamilinlondon 1 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1 New Member
    edited October 2018
    Anyone applying to the school of engineering?
    edited October 2018
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  • EconCS06EconCS06 24 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 25 Junior Member
    @LivingLife1 Do you mind sharing your stats and ECs? I have a 3.9 GPA at the moment (Only B is in this English writing course that's mandatory) and I got 1370 on the SAT (took it senior year, hardly any preparation..) Do you recommend re-taking the SAT and Subject tests?
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  • LivingLife1LivingLife1 5 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5 New Member
    I would advise re-taking tests if you feel that it will help, but I'm of the impression that as a transfer a lower test score is permissable as long as you demonstrate why you will do well at Penn. I'm sure some people did retake tests, but I don't think any of my friends did.

    My stats:
    -From a top 20 school that was my first choice out of high school (think Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Georgetown tier)
    -College GPA: 3.97 (finance major)
    -Activities: Founded and led an impact consulting team that did a project for a nonprofit, VP of Business school, emerging leaders program, VP of Business social impact club, intramural athletics, overnight welcome leader
    -Essay: Was very positive about my experience at my prior institution (which was easy because I loved it there!). Demonstrated why I was transferring and what Penn/Wharton offered that I could not receive elsewhere. My advice: even if you hate your school, don't use your essay as a platform to disparage it. Instead, demonstrate what you took from your time there and how you can use your experiences to contribute to the Penn community
    -Solid high school achievements and test scores (i.e. potentially Penn caliber out of high school, but did not apply)
    -Overall, I would say the average transfer in our class went to a top 40 school, a flagship state school, or a two year program/community college (there are definitely people from other situations, just a little less common) and excelled both academically and in terms of extracurriculars. There are people coming from schools like Yale and local community colleges
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  • phillytoughphillytough 4 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6 New Member
    I'm applying as a junior transfer, I shouldn't have to retake my SAT right?
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  • ShaqjojoShaqjojo 3 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Hey guys, how much do ACT and SAT and SAT subject tests count for transfer decisions. I am so confused. Like I'm not great at these exams. I just don't want it to hurt me.
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  • graciec1999graciec1999 19 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 19 Junior Member
    edited December 2018
    Is a 3.675 too low of a GPA for me to transfer? I'm a first year student at a top 10 school (I received two A's, an A- and a B). I also have a 34 act and a 3.9 GPA from high school
    edited December 2018
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  • liddy6liddy6 17 replies3 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 20 Junior Member
    Hi guys! I'm a current college freshman thinking about applying to transfer into Wharton and I have a LOT of questions, any help would be greatly appreciated! Here are my stats:

    -Go to a top 20 school, top 3 public university
    -4.0 college GPA (taking difficult classes such as multivar calc, stats, econ, etc)
    -Activities: in a Panhel sorority, symphony, UNICEF, Student Actuaries Club, intramural athletics, possibly will rush a business fraternity
    -HS GPA 3.7 unweighted (I know it's a little low but my hs was suuuper competitive), 5.05 weighted
    -35 ACT, 1580 SAT, 790 on Math II, 760 in bio, upwards of 12 AP scores, mostly 5s with 2 4s
    -Did crew in hs, national champion my senior year (after applications were submitted though so I didn't get to say it)
    -Super involved in music and volunteer work

    I know it's incredibly difficult to get into Wharton regardless, but is there a specific major/concentration that, if I select it on the Common App, will make me a more desirable candidate?

    What other ECs should I do in college? I want to join more business-y clubs but the nature of my school makes it difficult to do so unless already in a business major, which I am not.

    Do personal/professional letters of recommendation from high school carry any weight? I would use someone I interned for, or my coach of 4 years

    Anything helps, thanks so much!
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  • liddy6liddy6 17 replies3 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 20 Junior Member
    edited December 2018
    @graciec1999 Hi, I don't know much but I've heard 3.75+ GPA is competitive, anything below that is not
    edited December 2018
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  • GiuliannaGiulianna 5 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Hello!
    I am currently a first year student at Lehigh University, and I’m trying to transfer to CAS at PENN for the Fall 2019 semester. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what my chances are. Here are some of my stats:

    > Graduated as Salutatorian in HS (Approx. 250 students in my graduating class)
    > Made Dean’s List my first semester at Lehigh with a 3.83 GPA (Planning on majoring in Psychology with a Spanish minor)
    > Currently conducting Lab Work/Research with my Psychology professor
    > President of Lehigh’s Kickboxing Club
    > Member of the Leadership Quest Cohort at Lehigh University

    *I was also a member of the soccer, track, and football team in high school, and I have been actively involved with mixed martial arts (multiple regional and national titles).

    I have no idea what my chances are when it comes to being accepted as a transfer student, so if anyone has any kind of advice or input I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks!

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  • GiuliannaGiulianna 5 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Hello!
    I am currently a first year student at Lehigh University, and I’m trying to transfer to CAS at PENN for the Fall 2019 semester. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what my chances are. Here are some of my stats:

    > Graduated as Salutatorian in HS (Approx. 250 students in my graduating class)
    > Made Dean’s List my first semester at Lehigh with a 3.83 GPA (Planning on majoring in Psychology with a Spanish minor)
    > Currently conducting Lab Work/Research with my Psychology professor
    > President of Lehigh’s Kickboxing Club
    > Member of the Leadership Quest Cohort at Lehigh University

    *I was also a member of the soccer, track, and football team in high school, and I have been actively involved with mixed martial arts (multiple regional and national titles).

    I have no idea what my chances are when it comes to being accepted as a transfer student, so if anyone has any kind of advice or input I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks!
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  • FCBarca10FCBarca10 43 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    @Giulianna, your stats look great. It looks as if you have a great shot on getting into Penn as a transfer. I have a close friend who currently attends Lehigh and he finds it academically rigorous. If I may ask, why do you have the need to transfer? What are your reasons?

    Also, hello all. I'm currently a sophomore attending a community college as a Political Science major in Southern New Jersey. This past semester, I took five classes (16 credits) and was able to finish the term off with a 3.75 GPA. As of now, I have around 42 credits under my belt and I'm hoping to transfer to Penn as an Economics and International relations major. Also, I have four letters of recommendations from my professors from the classes I've done well in.

    I do realize that grades aren't the whole factor when applying for transfer admission, or admission in general. One does need a certain something that would make them stick out and I believe I have that. Long story short, for the past 18 months or so, I've been writing for a basketball website based in Europe. My title, quote on quote, is a reporter. Since the 2017-2018 season, I've been covering games for the Philadelphia 76ers and since then, I've been able to conduct over a dozen pre and postgame interviews with NBA players. Along with those, I've been able to conduct an exclusive interview with two players from the Sixers last May. Hopefully, I'll do more in the future.

    With all of that, I also have an interest in applying for the Communication major at Penn. With that experience I was able to gain through covering NBA games, could that make my application stick out, hence increasing my chances of being admitted? I'll make sure to mention it in my application, but I wanted to put it on this forum to see what prospective transfer students thought. Thank you, everyone! I hope to keep posting on this forum for these next few months.
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  • EconCS06EconCS06 24 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 25 Junior Member
    @FCBarca10 You seem to have a pretty decent shot, just make sure in your essays you really explain all of this and why you're a perfect fit for Penn. What about your college ECs? and HS performance? Your application will definitely stand out, your story seems special and not something that everyone would do.
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  • EconCS06EconCS06 24 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 25 Junior Member
    Has anyone attended the information sessions? I heard they're running the next couple of weeks.
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