Which Targets Should I Apply To?

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I am currently a rising sophomore at a semi target ranked ~30s. I have about a 3.8 GPA and some good involvement in clubs and business competitions. I want to apply to transfer to some target schools as a junior, but I'm not sure which schools are "worth" the move from a semi target. Obviously Harvard would be worth it, but what are some easier(relatively of course) ones that would be worth having to start over GPA/connections/social life wise? I'm thinking Georgetown, UVA, Penn, NYU, Columbia, Cornell, and Dartmouth.

I'm happy at my school fit wise, so I would only transfer for better career prospects, so I don't really need safety schools. No harm done if I get rejected everywhere. How does that list look? Financial aid is really important. My current school meets need, and so do all of the transfer schools except NYU(notorious for bad aid, but some people apparently got lucky). The other top publics(UMich and Berkeley) don't meet need at all. Any other suggestions would be great.

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May 21, 2018

Hi JSB029, any of these threads helpful:

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  • 30 year-old breaking in and Warwick were the main targets for IBD, but I also knew that they would reject me. I applied to LSE ... which rejected me. And then there were the semi-targets. Location and being able to network was ... along the way, for which I had to pay the price. My story begins with me just having graduated from high ...
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  • More suggestions...

No promises, but thought I'd mention a few relevant users that work in the industry: @B_SWAN @mwl510 @valueisoverrated

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May 29, 2018

I was in your similar boat, but going in as a sophomore and I ended up choosing to go to Vanderbilt. I got tons of financial aid and I believe it was a much smarter move professionally.

Most Ivies are very hard to transfer into besides Cornell which is more lenient.

As for little ivies who give financial aid, I would suggest Southern California, Georgetown, UVA, Notre Dame, Emory and BC. All have great undergrad business schools and good reputations.

If you get into any of these colleges you will be set. Just don't waste too much time applying to Ivies who accept 1-5 percent of transfers its a waste.

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Jun 14, 2018

Sorry for some reason I didn't get a notification, so I'm just seeing this. I feel like its a lot different transferring in as a sophomore vs junior though. I'm seeing threads for junior summer SA recruiting starting in spring of sophomore year. If I transfer in as a junior, would I have missed all of the OCR and just be stuck at a new school with no GPA, leadership positions, etc compared to being in a decent, but not great position at my semi target? Also, if I end up not doing IB, recruiting for the more typical/common finance jobs is still normal right? My biggest hesitation atm is whether I'd actually be worse off and actually miss out on OCR. However, having a better brand name on my resume moving forward long term as well as possibly being (significantly) cheaper than my current school... thats where I'm stuck.

Also, I know Georgetown and UVA place really well, but aren't the rest just semi targets at best?

Jun 14, 2018

USC and Emory are regional targets if you want to do IB or just finance in LA or ATL.


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Jun 14, 2018