Community college transfer ?

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How much of a disadvantage I am if I transfer from a community college to a elite school like mcintire, mccobs, dyson, gtown. I live in cville so I have a good chance of getting into mcintire at uva since over half of the applicants admitted are from community colleges in va, and I am do quite well at cc. I am taking 18 credits with all a's. Also is a internship necessary, and what are my chances of getting one as a jr when I transfer.

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Sep 3, 2017

currently a junior--i transferred from cc to a target school and was invited to multiple accelerated processes this summer, received offers from JPM and Citi before deciding that recruitment is exhausting and don't want to pursue any more banks. it's all about how you sell yourself and how much you hustle your first year. dont know how great of a target UVA is, but feel free to message me if you have any questions!

Sep 23, 2017

I second this. Transferred from a cc and networked pretty hard. Landed interviews with every bb except goldman and Deutsche. Have a baml super day Tuesday. All about how bad you want it. I'd gladly help you any way I can regarding positioning yourself well going into recruitment. Feel free to PM me. I got a lot of help from people on this forum--they're equally responsible for my success thus far. Happy to pay it forward bud.

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Sep 3, 2017

yeeer

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Sep 3, 2017

I had a really low GPA in high school I think sub 2 do you think I still have a chance of getting in? should I take the act or sat to better my chances ?

Sep 3, 2017

If you think you can study and manage to score a 1420 or above you will be at or above the average. Closer to 1600 the stronger you are, obviously.

If you have a 3.5-4.0 in college, they will overlook your HS GPA. Bear in mind that you only have 18 credits so they don't have much to look at right now, and they know this. This is why it's vital you get involved asap, sign up for a finance club or something asap just so you can put it on your app, at the very least. UVA has some negative stigma about the adcom due to students buying in, but they absolutely are holistic and look at every angle when reviewing a candidate.

To sum it up, have a good gpa, be involved, definitely take the SAT and score above a 1420. If you can do that, you're the student that UVA admits. If you take the ACT get a 30+

Sep 23, 2017

Maybe not inherently worth less, but you'll have drastically less networking opportunities and extracurriculars if you go to community college first.

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Sep 23, 2017

Personally, I think both examples ended up with the same degree. Also, some people do the junior college to four year in order to save on generals. Kicking ass in college does help to override shitty high school performance. I had interviews where they asked about high school and told them I under performed due to varying interests. Some people will automatically pick the constant performer. Others will look at the final outcome and judge according to who they met vs what they were. Ultimately, assuming both candidates have the same personality and affability the constant achiever will most likely be selected.

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Jul 20, 2018

I would argue that Person 2 shows grit and determination by recovering and learning from early mistakes. I'm not a recruiter, just throwing in a couple of Lincolns.

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Sep 23, 2017

Take as many classes at your CC to transfer well before a summer to get your university GPA. Hopefully during the summer when IB recruiting starts. Network extensively and continue to take the most difficult classes. Join relevant clubs and put something weird on your resume (like you collect rare pokemon cards).

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Sep 23, 2017

Won't be an issue if you don't turn it into an issue. I went to a CC for a year before transferring to a target. This summer I will be doing a sophomore summer BB IBD internship.

Last fall while trying to network I had a conversation with a IBD global group head at MS/GS/JPM and he asked what I did for an internship the prior summer. I told him I packed all my belongings into my car and drove across the country to start at my new school since I was a transfer student. He asked where I went to school before and I almost sheepishly responded that I went to a community college in the Pacific North West. He looked taken aback, gave me his card, and told me to make sure I get in contact with him again. If anything, the fact that I was at a community college and transferred to a school that is notoriously difficult to transfer into sealed the deal for me.

Don't be a slouch, show a good reason for your actions, and hustle. With that combination you can get yourself anywhere.

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Sep 23, 2017

The short answer is that no, it doesn't. As the poster above said, some might even view it as a positive.

Sep 23, 2017

No one is going to know that you're a transfer student unless you tell them. I don't list the place I transferred from on my resume...and it has never come up in interviews. No one cares.

Out of curiosity, why are you looking to transfer from the east coast to the west coast? It just seems like a huge move to me. Being from the west coast...I just can't imagine having transferred all the way to the east coast. But if you are sure that's what you want to do...go for it.

Sep 23, 2017

I've just heard some IB ask for full college transcript, in which case Id have my CC classes on it.

And i'd be transferring to USC/UCLA. I want to be in LA. currently in a not so appealing environment.

Sep 23, 2017

Answer is no -- I transferred from a CC to a target and got a SA offer at top tier BB (GS/MS/JPM)

Jul 20, 2018
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