lateral(?) transfer wustl to ucla or usc

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dudnaito
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lateral(?) transfer wustl to ucla or usc

Postby dudnaito » Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:35 pm

I'm looking to transfer because this isn't the region that I want to work in. I have a bit of scholarship money, but nothing that would influence my decision.

what percentage do you think i would need to be?

also, if i get low grades on one course (worth only 1 credit for the entire year) but kill the other classes, would this hurt my chances considerably?

I had an unbelievable family emergency and it just screwed with my head a lot when i should have been studying for that midterm.

Thanks for reading, and apologies for the annoying question.

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Re: lateral(?) transfer wustl to ucla or usc

Postby kings84_wr » Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:02 pm

dudnaito wrote:I'm looking to transfer because this isn't the region that I want to work in. I have a bit of scholarship money, but nothing that would influence my decision.

what percentage do you think i would need to be?

also, if i get low grades on one course (worth only 1 credit for the entire year) but kill the other classes, would this hurt my chances considerably?

I had an unbelievable family emergency and it just screwed with my head a lot when i should have been studying for that midterm.

Thanks for reading, and apologies for the annoying question.


UCLA takes significantly more transfers then USC. In the last couple years at UCLA there have been a few WUSTL transfers, not sure exactly what they specifically were, but i would guess top 15-20%.

Focus on just doing well this semester before you worry too much about anything like a one unit class hurting your chances. In the end the class rank/high gpa is the most important thing.

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Re: lateral(?) transfer wustl to ucla or usc

Postby vanwinkle » Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:08 pm

What matters most by far is overall GPA/class rank. I had a range of grades, including a below-median grade that was worth much more than 1 credit, and still made a huge transfer up. It's rare for law students to truly get all excellent grades. Don't sweat a single grade, as long as you can keep your GPA relatively high.

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Re: lateral(?) transfer wustl to ucla or usc

Postby A'nold » Tue Nov 23, 2010 4:52 pm

I wouldn't really call this a "lateral" (I know you put a question mark after it, but just commenting on it). I would guess that Vandy to UCLA would be more of a lateral move where you could be like top 1/3 and have a good shot. I agree with Kings that top 20% might get you in. Good luck!

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Re: lateral(?) transfer wustl to ucla or usc

Postby 180orbust » Sat Dec 04, 2010 2:46 pm

I think you have a very good shot with top 1/3 grades, and you should definitely send in the app if these are your grades. Also, don't worry about the LRM mid-term, the spring final is worth 70% of your final grade in that class. Do your future self a favor and outline the readings in your e-textbook as you go. It takes 30 minutes a week, and will give you a huge edge when everyone else is scrambling at the last minute to read the material for the first time. That class is a total joke.

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Re: lateral(?) transfer wustl to ucla or usc

Postby UCLAtransfer » Sat Dec 04, 2010 3:28 pm

I tend to agree w/A'nold.

Most of my fellow transfers that I know of were within the top 15%, even coming from schools like GW and BU, and closer to top 10% for lower ranked schools. I'm pretty sure even someone from UT was top 25%. I have not heard of anyone getting in with lower grades that this. (Not to say it is impossible, I just haven't met anyone.)

If you are really serious/intent on transferring write a strong personal personal statement and send in a couple of apps as long as your grades are pretty good- it doesn't hurt to give it a shot.

As for USC, they accept so few transfers every year I think it would be very hard to predict.

vanwinkle is absolutely right as well. I definitely had 1 below median grade and it didn't seem to hurt me since my overall GPA still put me around top 10%.

Good luck with finals!




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