How hard is it to transfer into colleges? Is there a difference in difficulty between transferring from a community college and a 4 year university? Is the fact that people only get to transfer when someone else drops out behind the difficulty?
I transferred from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (#56 for ECE), to the Georgia Institute of Technology(#4 for ECE) this year, and here’s what it took, and how the other college acceptances went.Colleges look for consistency in academic achievements as the first criteria while accepting a student. If one has had terrible SATs and terrible high school grades, but a 4.0 in the first semester of college, the college you’re applying to may be unsure about accepting you into their program(if they are much higher ranked). However, this case would work, if you went to another highly ranked school with a competitive program, got a high GPA and then applied to transfer. This shows that you’re academically competent. So yes, where you transfer from does matter to a certain extent, not entirely though.Getting in as a transfer:There’s a strong bureaucratic process involved in the college admission process and you should not take rejections too personally. Colleges try to maintain a balance between genders, origins and ethnicities, and at the same time have to reserve certain number of seats for in-state students and US -citizens. If you’re in those two quotas, your chances of getting accepted are much higher than an international student, for obvious reasons. So even if you’re the perfect applicant, you can get rejected. They look for the best balance they can create in a graduating class.Yes, it is much much harder to get in as a transfer but it’s not impossible.When I applied to schools my first year, I got a lot of rejections, but when I applied again as a transfer with a high GPA and good academic competence, I had a lot more acceptances. For you to be admitted to the program, students in that program have to switch majors, creating space for you, or have to drop out(unlikely at good schools), or the college must have space for 1–10 more students in that major.I’d say, do your best and apply, leave the rest to the college. Don’t worry about their end of things.What you could do:1. Ensure you have a very high GPA( Because colleges want a good student first not only someone who does amazing work outside class. I had a low GPA, but had start-ups and a lot of research, but got rejected my freshman year, hence I worked hard in my first year in college, got a high GPA and transferred out)2. Take harder classes, one that match the curriculum of the university you want to transfer to. So that for them, they’re accepting a student with credits of a second year, not a first year.3. Your college essays need to be genuine, but very good at the same time.4. Financial aid in non need-blind schools can be a huge factor for rejection, so you may want to consider not applying for it initially.5. Do things you’re passionate about outside of school. It shows you’re a human (Haha) and it will also keep you sane and help you perform a lot better.Good Luck and I hope things work out perfectly for you!