sillyboots wrote:Hey both of you, and thanks for doing this thread.
I was wondering if Regionality could give any insight into grades & getting into Boalt. The generic wisdom that's tossed around is that top 10% at a T25 gives you a shot, and outside of that it's mostly top 5%. At the same time, when I've looked at previous transfer threads, it seems like even in the T25 you have virtually no shot if you're outside the top 5%. I don't know if you and your transfermates ever went around talking about your previous ranking, but do you have any sense of what the realistic cutoffs are for a T25?
I do have a good sense, and the advice you've been given is just plain wrong. The truth is is that it's actually far more random than one might think/like.
For example, I was top 5% at WI (T25-T40 school depending on the year) and I got in, while TWW was the exact same rank and did not (but got into Stanford, while I was ultimately dinged by them just a bit before school started). A girl in the top 11% at USF (a T2 school) got in, and a girl who wasn't #1 (but still very highly ranked) from CalWestern (T4) got in as well. I think either the #1 or #2 dude from Nevada got in with no ties to California, in fact he sounds set on going back to NV when possible.
The truth is that it's just impossible to predict and it seemed kind of all over the place.
The dean said that Berkeley actually rotates between the 3 bay area transfer-feeder schools (Davis, Hastings, USF) in who Berkeley will accept a bunch of students from versus just 1 or 2. It's impossible to know which year which school will be, but my transfer class was USF (they took 6 USF transfers and only 1-2 from Hastings and Davis...which I think is kind of an odd strategy, but I think it's so Berkeley maintains good relationships with these schools and only pisses them off once every few years). I on the other hand am probably the first person to transfer from Wisconsin either ever, or in a very long time. This is why my Bay Area ties were probably so important, AND why Berkeley was probably happy to pick off a top student from Wisconsin since they don't need to maintain a good working relationship with them (though this is certainly speculation).
The moral of the story is apply asap, talk up CA/Bay Area ties, and just hope for the best.