As a transfer applicant, you might have a “dream college”, whether it’s an institution you wanted to attend since high school, or a school that has come to meet all your expectations as you’ve matured and explored what you want.
Remember not to mold yourself into someone you think the college is looking for. Instead, show them who you are and what sets you apart from other applicants. Here are 3 common myths that students think will keep them out of their dream school:
My high school GPA wasn’t great. Remember that you’re transferring because you want a new opportunity, and colleges aren’t forgetting that. Oftentimes they’ll look for a trend—if your grades have improved since you began college, they’ll take that into consideration. Furthermore, at some schools, if you’ve taken a semester or a year’s worth of college credits already they won’t even consider your high school GPA.
If you have good test scores in high school, like a high SAT or ACT score, then definitely send those to the colleges you’re applying to. You can compare average GPA and test scores of accepted transfer applicants by searching “[School] Admission Transfer Statistics”.
My college GPA isn’t great. Most colleges look at applicants as a whole, by looking at their entire story. Grades don’t tell everything, especially if you’re not too far from the average. Maybe you made an impact with your extracurriculars, or you were working, or you just had an extenuating circumstance. What matters most is your story, and how you tell that story throughout your application. Make sure you say what needs to be said in your essay, especially what you want the college to know about you. Make sure you get your essay read and reviewed by several pairs of eyes, which will help refine and polish your answers.
I haven’t had a lot of extracurricular experiences. Take a look at yourself with a different perspective. Maybe you tutored, or worked, or pursued a hobby. There are also many who have family commitments or don’t have the resources for transportation, music/sports lessons, or summer programs. Whatever you spend your time on, these are just as important as extracurriculars such as organizations/clubs. Play up what you’re passionate about, and what makes you you. Admission committees keep in mind that not everyone has the same background, and understand that extracurricular activities can mean different things to different people.
Remember that your application is not defined by one aspect of you. Your grades, extracurriculars, and even test scores and recommendations all play a part when reviewed by admissions.
Good luck on all of your transfer applications, and let us know if you have any questions about the process. Transfer students, if there are any additional myths that you think should be added, let us know in the comments below!
– Michelle L.