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In Plan II, Can One Transfer to Another Honors Program?

NorthSiderNorthSider Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
Let me preface by saying, I sincerely wish I would have found this website and/or more information about Plan II and University of Texas before applying.

That being said, I was accepted into UT in late-January and subsequently have been accepted into Plan II in mid-February and Liberal Arts Honors about a week ago. Considering the outcomes of my applications thus far, I sure wish I had applied to Business Honors as well, if for no other reason than expanding my options; but, alas, at the time I thought I had virtually no shot at acceptance.

My Stats:
GPA: 97.7%
Rank: 90/660
SAT I: 800M, 720V, 780W
SAT II (Math Level II): 790
SAT II (Physics): 720
AP Calculus BC: 4
AP Calculus AB (sub-score): 5
Essays: Based on what I've read, I'd say mine were excellent, but I'm rather ignorant on the average quality, I must admit.
Work Experience: I work a production specialist for a international television program and have been both a photographer for the Star-Telegram and a writer for a major sports publication.
Extra-Curriculars: State and National Qualification in Debate (3 years participation), Marching and Concert Band (2 years participation).

Thus far, I've been accepted to:
-UT (Plan II, Liberal Arts Honors)
-Boston University
-Texas A & M
-Texas Tech
-Trinity University

Although I've been offered scholarships at the last three, I'm more than able to afford UT, and find their tuition to be completely reasonable, even without scholarships.

After all that, I have a few simple questions, perhaps someone here might be willing to answer a few of them:

1) I'm still waiting on decisions from a few Ivy-League schools, but considering their rather high-expense comparatively, how does UT's Plan II stack up against these top-notch schools?
2) I've heard people say that Plan II is harder to get into than UT Business or the Business Honors Program, that can't be true, can it?
3) Should I choose to transfer if I went to UT, is there any possibility of moving to the Business School or Business Honors Program once I'm there?
4) How well would I fare against other graduate school applicants, specifically in an MBA or International Law program having graduated from UT's Plan II program?
5) How does UT's Plan II match up against Boston's programs?

Any and all information is greatly appreciated! :-)
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Replies to: In Plan II, Can One Transfer to Another Honors Program?

  • hotasicehotasice Registered User Posts: 655 Member
    You can't "transfer" into BHP this fall. You have to wait until next year, and sophomore admissions is pretty competitive, you'll have to maintain a 3.93 GPA.

    Oh, and even before that, you'll have to successfully transfer into the McCombs Business School before applying as an internal transfer to BHP.

    BHP is the most competitive (or perhaps Dean's Scholars is) honors program to get into at UT, more so than Plan II, but Plan II is right behind in BHP in selectivity.
  • NorthSiderNorthSider Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
    Thanks for the information, I figured that I would not be able to transfer in the fall, so my inquiry was towards 2009 Fall. As for the honors program, that's exactly as I had figured it -- the most selective.
  • jsa928jsa928 Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    I'm sure that Plan II and BHP are looking for different things, but I applied for both Plan II and BHP. I was denied admission to Plan II and accepted into BHP. So for me personally, it was easier to get into BHP.
  • NorthSiderNorthSider Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
    I found from what all I've read that it seems that Plan II would weigh heavier on essay quality than the business program, and less on the pure numbers. It's interesting that these two departments are so close in selectivity -- I had no idea. I didn't even know what Plan II was until just before I applied.
  • jsa928jsa928 Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    From what I understand, they both rely on pure numbers for much of the application. However, Plan II also takes into account essay quality and BHP values leadership experience.
  • thelonerangertheloneranger Registered User Posts: 1,624 Senior Member
    Numbers are only 20% of the criteria for Plan II. 40% are essays, 20% your resume, and 20% is "how 'Plan II' is the applicant," and I'm not quite sure what that means to be honest but there is a description on the website.

    BHP is largely vased on class rank and SAT scores, but I do think the resume and your leadership skills play a big part.
  • thelonerangertheloneranger Registered User Posts: 1,624 Senior Member
    Well Plan II has one of the best faculties of any program anywhere. You'd be hard pressed to find another school where freshmen are taught by Nobel laureates, as will be the case for Plan II next year. For grad school and law school admission, Plan II will be like having gone to an Ivy. For a job it depends on the employer and your resume, but I still think it would be an asset. I don't think not having a BBA would hurt you if you are applying for an MBA program as long as you are a strong candidate. UT has a Business Foundations Certificate which is a little like a minor and that would add to your resume.

    You can transfer in to both McCombs and BHP. 2/3 of McCombs internal transfer applicants are accepted. BHP is harder but if you make good grades and have a good resume I'm sure you will be fine.

    Plan II is different to get in to. I don't know the exact numbers. Getting in to McCombs itself is entirely based on grades. BHP has grades and SATs and interviews and resumes, so there is a broader basis for comparison. They are both very well respected programs.

    I don't know that much about Boston U but I know it can't surpass Plan II. Boston U is kinda known as the lower-quality school in the Boston area, isn't it?
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