Not all College Students Finish Where They Started

   The Highlander’s college map is one of the most anticipated graphics of the year. It’s exciting to see where the senior class is going after Seaholm.  

   But what if where one chooses to go is only a starting point?

   According to the PrincetonReview.com, some students who are rejected from their dream school start off at another school and later transfer.

   To be accepted into the University of Michigan out of high school, the requirements consist of an average 3.8 GPA and an ACT score ranging from 28-32. But of course, the admissions officers often consider volunteer work, class rank and rigor of secondary school.

   When transferring into the University of Michigan from another university or institution, admissions officials expect a minimum 3.0 GPA, ACT or SAT scores if taken, high school and current institution transcript, and any essays. Requirements vary among the different schools.

   Another alternative route students are taking in their college path is starting off at a community college and then transferring into their college of choice.

   According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, about one third of college students, including those who start at community colleges, transfer to another school.

   “I’m thinking of going to a community college in California for a year to establish residency,” junior Zoe Frank said. “Then after a year I would apply to a UC school and transfer my sophomore year.”

   This plan not only saves money, but creates the incentive to strive for the top grades to transfer into ones desired school.

   One setback about transferring is it may be more difficult to establish oneself on campus and fit in. The best thing to do is to choose to live on campus, no matter what year, and to get involved in different activities and events.

   According to a September, 2011 US News and World Report article by Brian Burnsed, transfer students who have opted to live off of their new campus “admit they lament their decisions, because they felt detached and found it difficult to fit in and make new friends.”

   Even though one’s plan may be to transfer, it is still important to excel in each class and earn the top grades.

   “You need to connect with one or two professors who can write letters of recommendation for you,”  Rebecca Joseph noted in a December, 2011 Huffington Post column.“You need to explain that you will outgrow major or need to be closer to home. Don’t blame your original college.”

 

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