Former transfer taking questions to calm current applicants

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Just call me Rog
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Former transfer taking questions to calm current applicants

Postby Just call me Rog » Mon Jul 05, 2010 4:45 pm

I remember the process sucked and would like to help anyone frustrated with it now. Hit me with anything about the app process, life at a new school, OCI, etc.

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Re: Former transfer taking questions to calm current applicants

Postby Danteshek » Mon Jul 05, 2010 4:51 pm

There is no "process." Admissions officers play kingmaker, slowly but resolutely crushing dreams along the way.

traydeuce
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Re: Former transfer taking questions to calm current applicants

Postby traydeuce » Mon Jul 05, 2010 4:54 pm

Danteshek wrote:There is no "process." Admissions officers play kingmaker, slowly but resolutely crushing dreams along the way.


Only some dreams. Perhaps they should admit everyone?

stinger35
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Re: Former transfer taking questions to calm current applicants

Postby stinger35 » Mon Jul 05, 2010 4:58 pm

I'll just go ahead and ask the obvious - what range school to what, stats, etc.

Just call me Rog
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Re: Former transfer taking questions to calm current applicants

Postby Just call me Rog » Mon Jul 05, 2010 4:59 pm

stinger35 wrote:I'll just go ahead and ask the obvious - what range school to what, stats, etc.
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Re: Former transfer taking questions to calm current applicants

Postby CRizzy141 » Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:02 pm

traydeuce wrote:
Danteshek wrote:There is no "process." Admissions officers play kingmaker, slowly but resolutely crushing dreams along the way.


Only some dreams. Perhaps they should admit everyone?


I think the way it must work is that they take all applications and place them into tiers at the outset on the basis of quantifiable variables - school rank, class rank, etc. Then, they establish a T1 that they review looking only for red flags - if there are none, these are green light applicants, and their softs are probably only marginally considered. They probably then have a T2, which are solid applicants whose numbers don't make them a "lock" - these applicants receive a very thorough review of their softs, and the committee tags applications they "like". Finally, they probably have a T3, which is everyone else.

They then start by offering everyone in T1 (unless there's a surplus, in which case they offer the quantifiably highest candidates). Once they figure out who's going out of that group, they make offers either to the rest of T1, or to the "likes" in T2 (again in order of numbers). T3 essentially exists as a backup for some catastrophic circumstance where there are still openings after T1 and T2 is exhausted, at which case only then do those apps get reviewed.

This is the only explanation I can think of as to why some people, despite having their application materials in well before other applicants who are now accepted, still haven't heard anything.

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Re: Former transfer taking questions to calm current applicants

Postby Danteshek » Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:02 pm

traydeuce wrote:
Danteshek wrote:There is no "process." Admissions officers play kingmaker, slowly but resolutely crushing dreams along the way.


Only some dreams. Perhaps they should admit everyone?


Of course not. My point is that, imo, the transfer application process in many schools seems less fair than the 1L application process. The transfer process is basically a way for admissions offers from some schools to let in favored candidates who may or may not be as qualified as the students they deny.

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Re: Former transfer taking questions to calm current applicants

Postby naturalexponent » Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:16 pm

Just call me Rog wrote:I remember the process sucked and would like to help anyone frustrated with it now. Hit me with anything about the app process, life at a new school, OCI, etc.

Do you recall when you received your decision(s)?

Just call me Rog
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Re: Former transfer taking questions to calm current applicants

Postby Just call me Rog » Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:20 pm

naturalexponent wrote:
Just call me Rog wrote:I remember the process sucked and would like to help anyone frustrated with it now. Hit me with anything about the app process, life at a new school, OCI, etc.

Do you recall when you received your decision(s)?


yea, it kind of varied throughout the summer, but i remember i got a bunch of decisions rolling in around mid-july. i think i had heard from anyone by early august.

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Re: Former transfer taking questions to calm current applicants

Postby Lawl Shcool » Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:49 pm

How did you decide to bid at OCI? Did you target certain markets or levels of firms? CDO told me that I could bid up to the most selective firms because of my grades at my previous school (a t4), but this seems rather foolish.

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Re: Former transfer taking questions to calm current applicants

Postby traydeuce » Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:51 pm

I've only looked at the t14, but to me it seems like a fairly predictable process, in which grades/school rank determine most of what happens.




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