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Out of State Transfer Admissions

sourpatchkidssourpatchkids 46 replies19 threads Junior Member
edited June 2013 in University of Washington
Hello,
I am about to enter my third year at UC Santa Barbara, but due to medical problems (only could take 19 units all last year, took spring off) I am technically a sophomore. I am a pre-economics/accounting major which is a competitive program at UCSB. I am not sure yet if economics is for me though and want to apply to some schools with business programs.

UW would be a top choice of mine since I have friends attending and would like to get out of Southern California since I've been here all my life. Thing is, I only will have a gpa a little over 3.2 when it comes time to apply in the fall. This is mostly due to the econ pre-requisites being curved to a 2.5 at UCSB.

I looked up and saw that a 3.37 is the average gpa for Foster so I'm about .15 below that. I heard that since Udub has had some budget problems, that it's actually a bit easier to be accepted from OOS. Is this true (to an extent)? Idk if attending a pretty good UC would matter either...

But ya basically is it possible to be admitted into Foster from another 4 year college with a 3.2 OOS? I dont want to waste my time applying to a school if I have a very slim chance, because I'm already at a solid school. And do SAT's matter at all for transfers? I got a 1960 but I doubt that matters since I graduated high school in 2011 haha.

Last thing, if I were to go to a CC for a semester to finish up my last 20 or so units and got like a 3.8+ would that be a lot better than getting a 3.3 or whatever in my fall quarter at UCSB?

OK thats the end of my rant, lots of stuff going through my head right now lol.
Any tips, advice, or chances would be appreciated. Thanks a lot.
edited June 2013
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  • CxavierCxavier 65 replies11 threads Junior Member
    You stand a chance, but i'm not sure how high. You should try nonetheless as it is never a waste of time. If you were to get in, that'd be great! If not, at least you know you've tried, and you'll never regret in future. Your SAT score can and should be submitted, 2011 is not very long ago, I graduated from high school in 2011 too, and i'm entering UW this year, provided my SAT score (around yours too) and I got in. It is very true that they will be more willing to accept OOS students for the school fees. And, I would stress the importance of having well-written&thought essays for UW application, I got in mainly because of my essays (which I had some guidance from some mentors to complete).
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  • travelgirltravelgirl 714 replies33 threads Member
    "I heard that since Udub has had some budget problems, that it's actually a bit easier to be accepted from OOS. Is this true (to an extent)? "

    Not in your case. You aren't just out of state. You're attempting to transfer from a 4 year college. The amount of transfers they allow in transferring from a 4 year university is slim.

    Your odds would be higher if you were a never-been-to-college applying OOS

    OR

    If you are applying as a transfer from a WA CC.

    That said, if you want in..apply. You don't know until you try and nothing is absolute.
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  • sourpatchkidssourpatchkids 46 replies19 threads Junior Member
    thanks for the responses. its good to know that essays are looked at as important because I am a pretty good writer and have had some stuff go on thats definitely worth mentioning.

    Travelgirl: Does it really matter that much that I go to a 4 year? I mean they still are getting out of state tuition money...like is a CC 3.2 better than a UCSB 3.2, even though the curriculum at SB is quite a bit harder? And would I be better off taking 1 semester at CC in the fall instead of at UCSB? Because I am confident I could get a 4.0 at CC.

    Thanks again guys, appreciate it.
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  • alexandrab14alexandrab14 52 replies0 threads Junior Member
    UW is required to reserve 30% of admissions for Washington CC transfers, which makes transfers from OOS 4 years less of a priority to admissions. Also, because of backlash caused by them accepting more out of state students simply because OOS pays more, that process is no more, and I think the backlash is what caused them to have to accept more instate CC transfers.
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  • travelgirltravelgirl 714 replies33 threads Member
    What alexandra said.

    What to see some stats?

    Transfer Admission
    Autumn 2012

    Applications Received 5,093
    93% Applied Online

    Students Offered Admission 2,037

    New Transfer Students Enrolled 1,466

    From two-year colleges 90%
    From four-year colleges and universities 10%


    Source: Quick Facts | University of Washington

    What does this mean? This means for Autumn 2012, out of all transfer students 40% are offered admission... (28-29% accept)

    Of those accepted and enrolled ...90% are from CC and only 10% from a 4 year university

    Extrapolate your odds from there...
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  • travelgirltravelgirl 714 replies33 threads Member
    ***Although I do wish to reiterate something I mentioned earlier **** Regardless of odds, if you REALLY want something in life..go for it, you don't know until you try.

    Just be realistic about the odds..

    And if the odds aren't in your favor, make sure you really want it.
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  • PrincipessaAnnaPrincipessaAnna 59 replies7 threads Junior Member
    I agree travelgirl. I honestly didn't even realize how much the odds weren't in my favor when I applied but I really wanted it and I put all the passion and intensity I possess into my application. If you REALLY want it and can afford the application costs, definitely go for it.
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  • sourpatchkidssourpatchkids 46 replies19 threads Junior Member
    Thanks both of you for the information and statistics. I emailed UW admissions if finishing my transfer credits and getting a high gpa there is preferrable to transferring straight out of UCSB.

    But the thing is I like UCSB, so regardless of what it preferable I will probably just take my fall classes at Santa Barbara. The school would be perfect if it just had a business school! Maybe I will make my way up to the Northwest for grad school if I get denied next spring haha.

    and when you say 28-29% accept, you mean 28-29 percent accept their admission offer, and 40% is the actual acceptance rate correct?

    And yes I realize odds are probably against me but you are right its still worth a shot, and if im not one of those couple hundred OOS 4 year people accepted, im still at a great school and can continue on with economics/accounting. At least its not do or die! haha
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  • sourpatchkidssourpatchkids 46 replies19 threads Junior Member
    Anna,
    Yeah there's nothing to lose I may as well give it a shot! I'll probably apply to Irvine too because its within the UC system and has business. Would be a lot less exciting of an experience than Santa Barbara (social scene) and UW (pac 12 sports) though haha
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  • sourpatchkidssourpatchkids 46 replies19 threads Junior Member
    just looked at the prompts I know I can write an amazing one based on what I see! yaaaayyyyy hahaha thanks again guys.
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  • travelgirltravelgirl 714 replies33 threads Member
    "and when you say 28-29% accept, you mean 28-29 percent accept their admission offer, and 40% is the actual acceptance rate correct? "

    Yep, sorry I wasn't clearer!
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  • travelgirltravelgirl 714 replies33 threads Member
    The way I'd figure it is...

    If you got in...feel extra special and excited cause you're one of the lucky few
    If you don't get in...well the odds are against you (by alot) but it didn't hurt try

    Sometimes I prefer doing things when the odds are against me for this exact reason. It's less upsetting if things don't work out and more exciting if they do.
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