quiver wrote:leppotse wrote:In fact, when I was applying to transfer, I would have pegged my odds of getting in to any of the T6 as under 5%--I just had no idea about my chances. In retrospect, that was a bad guess--but I mention it only to give you a sense of how I felt about the process as I spoke to professors: I expected that I would be staying.
Thinking back, what would you put your chances at now? For someone trying to transfer as high as possible, would it be a good idea to just blanket the top schools with apps (I would place my chances low at this point as well and I don't want to waste the app fees if I have no shot)?
Anything you would have done differently throughout the transfer process, from applications to preparing for transfer and after transfer, etc.?
Thanks for doing this!
In retrospect, I was a lock to get a T10, and 75%+ in the T6. I got my acceptance from NYU something like 3 days after I went complete. Someone from my T2 got Duke without being top 10% (although I'm sure he just missed it). I think HS are crapshoots (well, Y is too, just with even worse odds), so I don't know how to estimate what my chances really were. Strategically there's no particular reason why you wouldn't just apply to all of the T10, so I would advise you to go for it if you think you're a contender.
As for regrets .. the only thing I can think of is that I would have begun research about the transfer processes for each school earlier. For instance, I found out way too late that Harvard requires transfers to compete in their regular law review writing comp, which is in May or something like that. So from the get-go HLR was out for me, which was too bad. Otherwise, I think things went pretty well for me, so I don't think I would change anything.