I want to put myself in the best position for IB..

Hello all,

Currently a Freshman student at a state school (non-target) with a 3.7 gpa, looking to transfer to a target or semi-target.

(3.4 HS GPA & 1280 SAT)

I have seen a lot of information about transfers, but honestly, none seem too sure and realistic - or maybe I am viewing transfer admissions as too difficult?

But where would you recommend transferring?

Obviously NYU would be optimal, but how realistic is such a school? How about Cornell? Duke?

What do you think of Emory, Northwestern or Boston College?
Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Comments (14)

Feb 11, 2019

he had to emphasize thats its a REALLY non target (I.E., my school)

To OP, a freshman, finance-related internship will do you wonders. It may seem difficult, but if I had a freshman cold email me I would 100% help him out because of how early he started. Go ahead and learn how to have phone conversations.

See if your university lets you take your accounting and finance courses early. Because of how many students my university had, our program were 'sign up for the class, we have 30 different times for each.' And taking those courses early gave me an edge to build off of.

Go ahead and learn the guide. The 200 questions. At the very least you will have learned enough to breeze through your early accounting courses. If you want to talk more, PM me!

Feb 12, 2019

University of Michigan, UVA, both state schools with excellent placement

yeah aight, blueface baby

Feb 11, 2019

A lot depends on what state you are in. Virginia, California, or New York generally are good more pleasant for external transfer. State to Ivy is also doable but you needed to apply as a freshman for Sophomore transfer. Most ivies will burn you for being a junior transfer (AEM, NYU, Columbia). At this point, USC, UT Austin, UMich, and some LACs are your best options. DM me if you have other questions.

Feb 11, 2019

Would your suggestion change at all if I were to transfer at the end of my freshman year, instead of being burned as a junior transfer, as you said?

And thanks so much for the feedback.

Feb 11, 2019

Yes, very much so. If you also retook your SAT/ACT that'd be very helpful too. AEM isn't terribly hard to get into out of 1 year transfer with high GPA, tests, and good story. If that's the case, you can be more optimistic.

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Feb 11, 2019

outside of BC, stats seem low. Those schools are all very selective. Trinity/Colgate have a decent presence on the street. Wake forest for Charlotte, maybe IU/UIUC/UW-Madison for chicago. Tulane and tufts are also doable

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Feb 11, 2019

Transfer sooner rather than later because it'll be easier to make friends and join clubs

Feb 12, 2019

THIS. +1

Feb 12, 2019

Transfer student here. I'd say you have a decent shot at those schools. Stern is tough but could always shoot for the general school.

I left a state school and looked hard at nyu but decided against it for fit purposes. After freshman year I left an average state school to go to a well regarded liberal arts school in northeast with great network on the street, but still a non target.
My advice would be to search for schools with a good network and a solid amount of alumni in the field you're targeting and don't focus too much on target vs. non target. Your school's alumni network is everything

Feb 12, 2019

You want the "best shot" but considering anything lower than HYPS ? You clearly are not a proactive listener or a critical thinker.

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Feb 12, 2019

He wants the best shot within the constraints of his GPA and SAT, moron.

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Feb 11, 2019

I figured realism would be a good approach. Don't you agree HYPS are all unrealistic?

Feb 11, 2019

don't listen to that guy. Personally, I went to a uni based on premed, so it's bschool isn't close to any of the true targets, but got multiple offers. Going to a HYPS helps a ton, but it isn't the end all be all.