Transferring from Community College?

I'm in a Maine community college. I have a very low high school GPA. I was denied into the local state school here due to my awful high school transcript.

However, I graduated, and am now attending community college as a freshman. I have a 3.9 GPA in relevant business courses, and work as a mortgage loan officer full time outside of school. Lastly, I volunteer in a program that teaches underprivileged children about financial topics. Also in Student Senate here and will likely hold a position before I transfer out.

I am looking for transfer suggestions. I want to work in IBD, corp. finance, or management consulting. I also desire the traditional college experience.

I have been looking at McGill school of management in Montreal as well as some schools in Boston, but looking for advice here on any particular schools that may be a good fit for me. Thanks.

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Oct 4, 2017

Apply to Columbia school of general studies. It's a clear pathway into IBD if that's what you want, and they take community college transfers. With your GPA and outside activities, you'd be competitive to get in. You'll have to pony up on tuition and loans, but you get the ivy degree that opens up all the doors.

https://gs.columbia.edu/

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Oct 4, 2017

I'll look into that. Thank you for the quality suggestion, this looks like a school I will apply to.

Oct 4, 2017

put it in -- unless you have something else that can account for what you were working on during that gap period on your resume. it'd be really helpful if you could show a track record of activities/classes that align with your career interests

Oct 4, 2017

There was a substantial thread about this a while back. The consensus was to leave CC off the resume (at least in that thread). If I remember correctly.

Oct 4, 2017

Put the CC. Try leaving the CC gpa off

Oct 4, 2017
teetongtoo:

put it in -- unless you have something else that can account for what you were working on during that gap period on your resume. it'd be really helpful if you could show a track record of activities/classes that align with your career interests

Well, you wouldn't "see" any kind of a gap, because my high school isn't on there. So the only education would be my current school, bachelor degree, expected to graduate in 2014.

I will try to upload this part of my resume to see if the way it is currently makes sense. Uploading once I figure it out! Thanks

Oct 4, 2017

Education section added to original post. So, without the CC it wouldn't give away a gap, just give the impression that I have been there all 4 years, when I have not. Thanks to all for comments, let me know if it changes now that you see it!

Oct 4, 2017

Leave it off. Just put your current uni with expected degree date.

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Oct 4, 2017

Leave it off. You don't have to put the time you started at your current school, so there would be no gap.

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Oct 4, 2017

Hi Frankfort, just trying to help:

If we're lucky, the following users may have something to say: @elieblue92 @Amit-Gupta12 @jtabb01

I hope those threads give you a bit more insight.

Oct 4, 2017

Hi ArmoBanker, hope I can help. Do any of these links cover what you're looking for:

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Oct 4, 2017

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Oct 4, 2017

You cant put on your resume what you haven't started. If you can include a cover letter to the places you are applying, you can mention it there. You can also bring it up via email if you are reaching out to specific individuals directly. Sorry, I am sure that isn't what you were looking to hear.

Oct 4, 2017
ArmoBanker:

Hey All,
I am currently at CC transferring for next year (junior). My question is how can I include on my resume that I currently am at a CC but will definitely be transferring next year.

If 'definitely' means you have been accepted, you can put that on your resume. It would be a quick and obvious talking point in an interview.

Especially if you went CC to Ivy or top 30 etc. Not sure what kind of jump you're talking about.

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Oct 4, 2017

Transferring from Community College - Friend Looking for Assistance (Originally Posted: 09/24/2014)

A buddy of mine has a younger brother that's looking for guidance. The kid had a pretty rough life. His parents went though a bad divorce; they went bankrupt, he lived most of his life without them (they couldn't afford to take care of him), etc. I told him to mention all of this on his application essays. As a result of this, he was basically a screw up in high school, though it was always obvious that he's very bright.

Over the last year to 1.5 years he has made enormous strides. He currently has a 4.00 GPA and he's looking to transfer to a 4 year program and wants to end up in finance. The kid can literally listen to me go on about finance and economics for hours. His family is urging him to go to Baruch and save some money - they're still very financially constrained and are under the impression that the quality of the school isn't as relevant as your performance in it.

I'm urging him to get into the best undergrad possible and to basically ignore the advice of his parents and brothers. The thing is that I don't really know much about the undergrad transfer process, which schools are relatively easy to get into, what they look for, etc.

His profile:

  1. Limited ECs (though I convinced him to work with the local Boys and Girls Club)
  2. Low ACT Score of 26, which he took completely cold (urging him to retake, though I don't know if/how much it matters).
  3. Think he has a fairly compelling story
  4. Asian American with a 4.00 GPA

Let's say he retakes the ACT and gets a stronger score, would he competitive at either of the schools in the list below:

  1. Georgetown
  2. Haas
  3. Ross
  4. UVA
  5. Vanderbilt
  6. NYU
  7. UNC

Any general advice would also be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Oct 4, 2017

A higher ACT would definitely help him, but a lack of EC's can hurt him a bit. I believe he should really stress out the problems he had and how he coped with them. Schools like Georgetown,UNC,Vanderbilt,Haas and NYU are really hard to get in as transfers.
For example I tried to transfer from my school(international student) to NYU stern and they told me that this year they accepted around 30 applicants from a pool of a thousand or so.

I'm not trying to be discouraging or say that it's impossible, but he's going to have to play his cards really well if he's going to get into these schools.

I would recommend joining the forum on college confidential since you can get a huge amount of help and information you need.

Good luck!

Oct 4, 2017

Honestly, Baruch isn't that bad. Assuming he has some hassle and interns, which should be easy considering he will be in Manhattan, he can build a good resume and land a job. IMO, unless he gets into a great program, the location of Baruch would trump a higher ranked program outside the city.

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Oct 4, 2017

Baruch is not that bad for finance. I know a ton of people that graduated from Baruch that got into JPM MO/BO.

Oct 4, 2017

if he's in a VA community college then UVA is your best bet, they are very keen on taking high potential community college kids through their program. while they're certainly not NYU as far as proximity to banks, they're very competitive.

Oct 4, 2017

Baruch is obviously an option but it's his safety. I figure that there has to be a tier above Baruch, especially in finance, that he has a reasonable shot of getting into. I know a lot of people that got into Baruch from CC's with GPA's around 3.3 - 3.4. I know Baruch is fairly respected for accounting but you don't usually hear good things about its finance program, though it obviously benefits from its location.

Either way, I'm just trying to get a better grasp of potential options for him. He's doing his own research on college confidential.

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Oct 4, 2017

Bump . Not to be intrusive , but OP what was the outcome ? (In terms of schools he attempted to transfer into and were accepted in) Just curious because my circumstance is very similar.

Oct 4, 2017
Declan P:

Bump . Not to be intrusive , but OP what was the outcome ? (In terms of schools he attempted to transfer into and were accepted in) Just curious because my circumstance is very similar.

Ended up at Baruch. Declined at Georgetown and NYU.

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Oct 4, 2017

I would put the community college on the resume (i'm sure your cc GPA was very high as well) and also put 4.0 as your Cal GPA. If they ask or even comment on your 4.0 at Cal, you can explain that its only from 2 summer courses.

Or you can take a risk and leave the CC off your resume all together, get a bunch of interviews with banks throughout the bay area because of your major and GPA and sound stupid explaining that you've only taken 2 courses so far at Cal and that you transferred from xyz community college when some analyst or associate comment son your 4.0 in ENGINEERING at CAL.

Oct 4, 2017

If your CC has a pretty structured method for letting you transfer to a good four year program after two years, I'd do that in a heartbeat. For example, in California the CC's send tons of kids to Berkeley every year, and I'd absolutely go that route over heading to Sac State or something.

Oct 4, 2017

Go for CC, maintain a 4.0 or relatively high GPA, get your A.S. degree and then transfer. That way 1. if you have a degree more of your credits will transfer, 2. if you do really well in CC usually you can obtain some type of scholarship when you transfer. Right now I am at CC I have a 4.0 and when I transfer to Rutgers I am eligible to up to 8,000 in scholarship money to due being in an honors society and what not. Plus at university you still need to take all of those bullshit humanities and writing classes which you do not care about anyways so why spend more $ per credit on shit that you will only need because it is a college requirement? Much cheaper and better to go to CC first. Just make sure you take it just as seriously as a regular university that way you maintain a high GPA. Also check and see if your state has any articulation agreements, in NJ if you get an A.S. from a CC the in state public university you are transferring to MUST accept your best 64 credits to make you a Jr.

Hope this helps, good luck!

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Oct 4, 2017

Btw if you go to any public university or CC, when you transfer to a private school usually they will only accept a few of your credits which I do not think is worth while. Why not do undergrad at a non-target, get straight A's and then apply to a top notch grad school? Maybe this way if you are employed and working, your employer will pay the high price tag to get your MBA, and that way you are not completely buried in debt!

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Oct 4, 2017

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Oct 4, 2017

I transferred from a CC to my current school.Usually CCs have ties to the state's public schools, as in if you get a certain gpa you're automatically accepted as a transfer student. You should check it out and see if it applies to UMich because that would be baller.

Oct 4, 2017

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