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Apr. 27th, 2009 @ 10:28 pm How do you learn from college rejections?
I recently got rejected to some of my top-choice colleges as a transfer student, and although the rejections made it hard to breathe during the following days, what bothered me even more was not knowing what parts of my application were the weakest parts. I would not mind the rejections so much if they included specific reasons why they rejected me so I can learn from it. I have emailed some of them requesting for their reasons and told them that my intention was for self-growth not for them to reconsider my application. I even told them that I would be willing to pay another application fee in order to obtain their feedback regarding specific parts of my application. You're probably thinking this is stupid, huh? But it means so much to me to know what went wrong. Perhaps I didn't look over my essays enough since I did them less than a month before they were due; perhaps my 2.9 high school GPA drowned out my 4.0 college GPA of 2 years; perhaps I should have realized that competitive schools will most likely have way better applicants than me.

Anyway, I'm seeking for a way to learn from the rejections; I don't know where to start, though. I would love to learn specific reasons, but schools don't provide that. How can those who were denied admission capture some sort of learning experience from it?

Thank you for your time. =)
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Mar. 26th, 2009 @ 05:07 pm UC Berkeley
I'm a transfer applicant (math major) to the College of Letters and Sciences at UC Berkeley:

I called UC Berkeley, and they said that if my L&C English requirements were not met, then they would put me in the pile of ineligibility. I took two English courses that are considered core requirements throughout universities in Washington state, and neither of them satisfy the L&C requirements. They said that even if your GPA is a 4.0 and even if you have a nice essay and other nice stuff, they would most likely reject you right there. This hurts. Do you know if there's any chance at ALL that someone could get in without the L&C requirements?

Thanks a lot.
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Jan. 26th, 2009 @ 09:35 am Lower division transfer help?
Hi everybody.

I'm planning to apply to a couple California State Universities for the Fall 2009 term as a lower division transfer (I have less than 60 units of college credit, and they need my grades from high school, too). I'm having a little trouble with the application at CSUmentor.com though. There's a section for college courses I'm currently enrolled in, and a section for courses I plan to take before entering the CSU (summer school and the like), but I can't find where I should put the college courses I've already taken and have grades for. I wouldn't think that they would go with my high school grades, because I didn't take them while I was still in high school, I took them at a community college after I graduated. Unfortunately, lower division transfers aren't very common from the school I'm currently attending, and the counselors weren't able to help me very much. Does anybody have any suggestions?
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Mason, Dead Like Me
Jan. 24th, 2009 @ 01:01 pm Why is it so confusing?!
Hi all, I'm new. I'm so glad I found this comm.

Anyways, I will be transferring to Cal State Fullerton in Fall 2009. I've already applied and will be sending in my transcripts on Monday. My question pertains to Financial aid. I applied for FAFSA last year and it didn't give me any money (I guess my dad makes too much?) but I was wondering if anyone could recommend a student loan that is low interest and gives enough money to cover tuition, room & board, books etc.

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Jan. 24th, 2009 @ 12:29 pm (no subject)
I'll research this more later, but figured I'd ask you first. Do you know of any schools on the west coast with a similar program to the Science Writing Masters at JHU? http://tinyurl.com/byqs2k
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brainfellout, openminded
Dec. 19th, 2008 @ 02:53 pm College Official's Report: Filled out correctly?
Hey guys! Thanks for being so helpful previously.

As a transfer applicant, I had a dean fill out the College Official's Report. She then gave it to me to send it off. This is what it looks like:
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1.) Should she have put down "4.0" instead of "Fall 2008 Qtr." because that is what the school GPA is out of?
2.) Should she have put the entire period I attended this college instead of "9/22/08 to 12/10/08" because it's cumulative?

I asked her these questions, but she said that since my school is a 2-year, they don't rank. I understand that, but I felt that it was incorrect to put down "Fall 2008 Qtr." and "9/22/08 to 12/10/08."

3.) On Background Information, she marked everything (b/c she found them irrelevant), even all quartile, quintile, and decile. Is that okay?
4.) Do you think everything else looks alright?


For reference, College Official's Report: https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/docs/downloadforms/CA_08-09_CollegeOfficialRpt.pdf
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Dec. 15th, 2008 @ 08:25 pm Possible? Transfer Student + Relatively High Family Income = Financial Aid
Hi, you! Hopefully your day's been wonderful. =)

I'm a transfer applicant clueless about financial aid, and my parents aren't willing to pay for out-out-state colleges. It's understandable since they've paid for basically everything else I needed in life.

1. Could I receive financial aid if my parents' income is $180,000? I'm ashamed to admit it, but, honestly, I don't know much about money. Not because I'm spoiled (I haven't gone shopping in around a year and wear the same clothes every week), but because I don't really pay attention to what is financially a lot or not a lot. Someone told me this was kind of a lot, so I'm going with that right now. Maybe it's wrong. I'm 19, and am still dependent of them.

2. Where are the best places to find transfer scholarships?
Possibly ones based on academic achievement, attending a community college, involvement in activities, or anything.

Thank you for your time.
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Dec. 14th, 2008 @ 04:13 pm (no subject)
Is it possible to defer admissions to a SUNY school? I got into SUNY Brockport for the spring semester, signed up for classes (but not financial aid), and even got my SUNY ID. However, I'm just NOT prepared to go out there yet. There's just so much work to be done before I can attend (and its too late to apply for financial aid). Has anyone deffered admissions? Is it even possible?

Also, I'm considering applying to some CUNY schools for the fall semester. I'm much more comfortable in the city, and some of these schools (Lehman, Hunter, etc.) offer the programs I'm interested in. How difficult is it to get into these schools? What's the easiest four year CUNY I can apply to, as a safety? Can someone who didn't graduate from a NYC school get a fee waiver for admissions, or do I need to pay $70 per school to apply?


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Dec. 14th, 2008 @ 11:07 am College Official's Report
Sorry if this is unorganized...I'm freaking out about transfer apps right now. I'm so nervous about the college official's report.

Who is suppose to fill it out? I had to fill out an advisor's info on the academic part and just filled out my social science advisor because I was initially a psych major, but she does not know me very well at all. I also feel bad because I talked to her about it last year and she suggested that we meet regularly and get to know each other more so she can fill it out. They are due in February/March. Do you think it will look flaky on my part to suddenly show up now?

I'm now a math major. I've actually visited 2 advisors before, a science and a social science advisor. I've visited my social science advisor more often. Who should I have fill it out?

Or can I have a dean whom I've never met fill out? Can I make a resume and have him rely on that?

What is the best way?

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Dec. 10th, 2008 @ 08:37 pm Hi Quick Loan Question
 So I have a very circumstancial problem. 

I'm tranferring to a university from a community college and because I didn't do so well in high school..they will ONLY accept me for the winter09 semester with my final grades from comm. college. I had a meeting today with the admissions officer and showed them my most current progress reports and they said it looks great...but they need my transcripts. I don't take finals until dec15....Both my college and the university close the 23rd of dec. I'm expecting grades to post as late as dec 19th and was asked to fax them in once they post.

Here is the big issue: They can't process my financial aid until I am formally admitted leaving me no time to apply for federal loans. I have a scheduled orientation date of Jan 9th. This is the day I register for classes and I must pay in full upon registering and I'm looking at an estimated cost of 8k....which needless to say, I don't have lol.

So my question is, is there such a thing as same day student loan lenders? Or are there any lenders that could work around my problem? 

I'm grateful for any advice anyone could offer..Thanks!

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Nov. 2nd, 2008 @ 01:44 pm Is it worth it to apply?
One of the schools I'm considering requires the secondary school report form filled out by either my high school principal or high school counselor. I'll be applying as a transfer student. This is it:


1. I haven't been back at my high school since I graduated...I'm in my 2nd year of college.
2. I suspect that my HS counselor dislikes me. I don't blame her. I only came into her office when I wanted to switch classes due to wanting to be in same classes as my friends or to switch into easier teachers. I wasted her time sometimes. I was a horrible student. During my junior year, I stressed her out so much by an incident.
3. I don't think my HS principal remembers me. The only time I talked to him was to report some bullying on the bus. There was this freshman who kept on getting teased and hurt, and I reported that.

I called the school, and they said that it's required and must be filled out from either my principal or HS counselor. It can't be from anyone in college. This is my top school.....is it even worth it to apply? I know it won't be a good review. I'm so scared that it will be awkward if I go back.........any advice?

Thank you for listening.
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Oct. 13th, 2008 @ 11:02 pm Guaranteed Transfer or Transfer Credit Block?

Are you a Community College graduate who transferred to a top-ranked four year institution, and who would like to be profiled in a book about the subject?  These four year schools include schools within the top 100 plus schools as ranked by US News and World Report.

I am part of a small team developing a book for current high school and prospective community college students, their parents, and guidance counselors.  In the book, we identify transfer opportunities from two year schools to top-ranked four year institutions.  Our goal is to show students that they can earn a degree from their dream school, even if their high school grades were not high enough, they do not have the financial resources to pay for a four year degree, or they just didn't have the guidance from home or their high school guidance counselors.  We developed the idea for this book based upon the experiences of my boss, Austin. After deciding last minute not to attend the University of Alaska, he stayed home and attended Tompkins Cortland Community College in New York.  He transferred to Cornell University under a guaranteed transfer program, and graduated with an engineering degree and under $10,000 in debt.

Much our book will be charts and tables of information about the four year and two year schools, including details on the transfer requirements, points of contact, and costs.  We also have a narrative portion of the book, which will in part highlight students/graduates who successfully transferred via articulation agreements.  We will include a diverse group of graduates, from various geographic portions of the U.S.  So far, we have several students who have agreed to participate. These students attend or attended the University of Maryland College Park, the American University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Cornell University.  We are also working to identify students from New York University, the Ohio State University, the University of Georgia, Worchester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Connecticut, Baylor University, Texas A&M University, and several other top-ranked public and private colleges and universities

We plan to begin selling the book online in December, in electronic and hardcopy formats.  This book will include information on 51 four-year schools, and the thousands of agreements they have in place with community colleges.  We will expand future versions/updates of the book to include more schools.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, and if you would like to be profiled in our book please feel free to contact me.

Project Manager
SideDoor Strategies, Inc.

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Oct. 8th, 2008 @ 07:13 am CS in San Diego help
I am an older soon-to-be transfer student. I work full time and go to school full time at MiraCosta. I work in the computer field and I hope that I can get a degree that relates to what I do now, so that I can start making some decent money or at the very least climb into management. I also live in North County San Diego.
I was planning on transferring to Cal State San Marcos. They have a degree program in CS with an IS option. The IS option is more business centric. This is perfect for my needs, but I have a problem. Working and going to school is not easy. CSUSM has very little in the way of online classes, so almost everything will be done in inperson classes. Ok, that could work, it would just take me a little longer. But on top of that, many of the classes I need do not happen in the evening. At first, I just thought I could do this in a few classes a semester and I would have my degree in a few more years. But I am beginning to think that I need a better plan. Maybe somewhere else would be better. Maybe an accredited university that is within driving distance, but is almost totally online? That would work for me. Or something like that.....

Does anyone have any suggestions that might meet those requirments?

Also, I have an unrelated question that is sort of dumb, but I found out about it yesterday. At my local community college I need to do all the CSU requirements to transfer to a 4 year, which I am just about done with. So I found out that now, at the four year, I need to do upper division sciences, humanities, and other stuff? Does that sound right? I thought I had knocked out all of these not major related classes. I thought I was in final stretch with Biology and Geology which is so not CS or computer related. Was I wrong? Is this, "the way it is?"

Thanks for your help
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Linux Peng
Oct. 7th, 2008 @ 08:06 pm Greetings!
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
Man, I should've found this community earlier! :3

I'm currently attending Hollins University - an all women's school in the south - and I've been here for about a year (I'm a Junior now) and needless to say: i don't like it here. I like the single sex education (it's part of the reason why i came here), the small size and the academics. But that's pretty much it. To make a long story short: I hated it last year too but kept at it because part of me was like: I have to make SOME effort, right? but another part kept nagging at me to just apply to schools so I could at least have some options if it kept bothering me. (I never did unfortunately :/)

Now I'm in my 3rd semester here but I only stayed to study abroad in the Spring (09) - but I feel like even that isn't enough to keep me here. Mostly, I feel like an outcast: like I don't really belong here and there's no one i can relate to. But now there's so much riding on the table: my major/minor (french/film) - so i have to find a school that offers film and/or cinematography; my interests (i'm really into paganism and want to be in an area where i'll have easier access to that); transportation (there's NO transit out here, so it's a bitch to get around); people (while i know cliques are inevitable, i hate how everyone just latches on to the friends they make the first year they get here - even the transfers - and no one branches out); the area (everything is SO far apart. you can't walk anywhere!).

But then there's the logistical part of it: finding colleges, applying to them, and etc. which is time consuming as all hell - especially since I want to go to school out west (preferably cali) and it's difficult to find a school I like out there that also offers everything else I'm looking for. And this will be my third time doing it = not fun.

So - I stayed, hoping to give it another semester, but things have been getting progressively worse, not better and while I know it's my junior year i also know it's going to be a LONG (two) years if I'm really unhappy.

So... I guess I was just asking for advice/help/insight.
Oh, and if you know any good schools, let me know! :D
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Katara: Avatar the Last Airbender
Sep. 26th, 2008 @ 06:52 pm No associates degree--bad for transfer student?
At my community college, for an associates in arts and sciences, I will need to complete 5 more English credits, 10 more humanities credits, 5 more social science, and 5 more science. But instead of that, I would rather take more math classes (math major). I will end up with the same amount of credits (a little over 90), but I may end up lacking in some requirements for an associates. I'll probably end up short of 5 credits of humanities and 5 credits of social science. I just want to consecutively take math classes because I'm scared that I will forget it if I take a couple of quarters off from it.

Would it look bad as a transfer student to not complete your associates requirements? I will do humanities/social science at the college I transfer to, but just want to get as much of my major done as possible and continuously. I'm just scared that some colleges will look down on that, and might not accept me for it. (I don't care so much about my associates because I'm going to get a bachelor's anyway)

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