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Chance me for UW please! (OOS Transfer student)

ianmcc06ianmcc06 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
edited October 2009 in University of Washington
Gender: Male
Race:Caucasian/American Indian
Virginia State Resident
Currently Attending: Northern Virginia Community College (in Alexandria)
Current Year: beginning of second
Current Cumulative GPA: 3.4
Potential Cum. GPA by graduation: 3.6 - 3.7
Higher Level IB Courses: Biology, English, European History
ECs (@ CC):
- Campus Newspaper (layout designer)
- Student Tutor (in Chem, Bio, Psych., English)
- President/V.P. of Tutorial Club
- Volunteer student worker in ER, @ Howard University Hospital
(Nurse Technician/Doctor Assistant)
- Phi Theta Kappa

ECs (@ high school):
- Track & Field
- Media Arts Club (filming, photography projects)
- School building in Cambodia (community service project)

Current Honors/Awards:
- Phi Theta Kappa

Note: SAT scores should not be applicable in my case as a transfer student. I'm pretty certain they're not required once you've obtained about 30 college credits.

Please be as honest and helpful as you can! I would greatly appreciate any and all advice.
Post edited by ianmcc06 on

Replies to: Chance me for UW please! (OOS Transfer student)

  • sumzupsumzup Registered User Posts: 799 Member
    It looks like you have some great ECs, but your current GPA seems a bit low; however, if you can get it up in time for your application, you should have a good chance if you can write some good essays.

    What specifically makes you want to come all the way to Seattle/UW, by the way? I'm kinda curious.
  • LaplaceTransformLaplaceTransform Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Whats not to like? We get a good 150 days of sun each year.
  • CalcozzoCalcozzo Registered User Posts: 165 Junior Member
    Psh, it sure doesn't feel that way, although it's not bad at the moment.

    But I'm with sumzup...I'm usually very skeptical of OOS-hopefuls. Seattle's not for everyone, yet people (especially on the internet) seem to have a very inflated opinion of it.

    Now that I'm done being cynical, I'd say you have a very good shot at getting in assuming you wait until you have your associate's.
  • ianmcc06ianmcc06 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Thank god, I have feedback!

    Thanks sumzup for the advice. I completely understand I need to bump up my GPA in order to fall in that category of OOSers that have a "good chance". I'm currently working on it (retardedly hard) this Fall semester trying to make great grades across the board. It will certainly put umph in my GPA. According to some random GPA calculator I used the other day online, if I make mostly A's for the rest of my year, I can land in the 3.65-3.7 region.

    Any other suggestions for increasing my chances?

    I'll be completely frank and say that I've never lived in Seattle, I'm not from there, and the only time I've ever lived near there was living in Spokane (1 year). What draws me to Seattle is UW, it's city, my potential career, and (perhaps most importantly) my girlfriend.
    UW offers a top of the line med school with great strengths in research and an array of specializations. I myself want to go into Neurology/Neurosciences and become a doctor of those divisions, mainly because the nervous system is my favorite component of human biology. Besides their medical school, the campus is absolutely amazing and the community is rich and friendly. I visited the campus this summer with my girlfriend; I toured and felt extremely comfortable in the environment even though it was the "student off-season". Her UW friends were great and shared many of their experiences at UW with me.
    I know it may not be conducive to good reasoning from an academic POV, but my relationship is also a profound pull towards UW. We've been together for 3 years and met in Japan at an international high school near Tokyo before separating to go to US colleges and starting a LONG-distance relationship. It's been difficult, but we've held things together in hopes that we'd get back together (sorry if that sounds completely Disney).

    Someone mentioned a strong essay was key to my acceptance. This year it's a personal statement, one very particular to academic goals and cultural experience.
    Has anyone done a personal statement like this? Can anyone give advice as to the best place to start? If you haven't already figured, I am in the midst of outlining my statement lol Any help would be appreciated!
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