Visiting schools

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ilovesf
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Visiting schools

Postby ilovesf » Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:31 pm

I'm thinking of applying to NYU and Columbia. I'll be in NYC for spring break and I was thinking of visiting the schools to check them out. Is this a normal thing for transfers applicants to do? Is it the same as visiting schools as a 0L? Did it help you guys make any decisions? Thanks!

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Re: Visiting schools

Postby kaiser » Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:35 pm

Not really. The bottom line on transfering is that you do it out of necessity. Its a tool to get better job prospects or perhaps to move closer to home, or the geographic locale you most desire. Its not about the way the building looks, the neighborhood its in, the student groups they have, etc. So a visit serves much less of a purpose than it would have during the initial cycle. I had never visited my new school before I transferred officially, and it wouldn't have made a difference because my transfer was about job prospects first, geographic location second, and everything else in the background.

Of course there are other things to find out such as what the OCI system is like, whether transfers can be on journals, etc. But none of this really requires a visit.

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Re: Visiting schools

Postby Coolgrnmen » Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:24 pm

kaiser wrote:Not really. The bottom line on transfering is that you do it out of necessity. Its a tool to get better job prospects or perhaps to move closer to home, or the geographic locale you most desire. Its not about the way the building looks, the neighborhood its in, the student groups they have, etc. So a visit serves much less of a purpose than it would have during the initial cycle. I had never visited my new school before I transferred officially, and it wouldn't have made a difference because my transfer was about job prospects first, geographic location second, and everything else in the background.

Of course there are other things to find out such as what the OCI system is like, whether transfers can be on journals, etc. But none of this really requires a visit.


+1 no visit necessary. If you get accepted to both, then consider a visit...but otherwise there isn't a point in visiting.

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Re: Visiting schools

Postby kaiser » Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:29 pm

And not to mention that the chances of getting in as a transfer as much lower than the chances of getting in as a 0L, so I wouldn't get my hopes up in that way.

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Re: Visiting schools

Postby quiver » Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:34 pm

I concur with everything already said. I had never been to my transfer school until I matriculated and attended the transfer orientation.

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Re: Visiting schools

Postby ilovesf » Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:43 pm

kaiser wrote:And not to mention that the chances of getting in as a transfer as much lower than the chances of getting in as a 0L, so I wouldn't get my hopes up in that way.

Don't worry, I don't think I have that great of a shot at these schools!

Thanks for the responses guys. I was just wondering if it would make sense because I'll be there anyway, but I'll spend my time doing things that are a bit more fun.




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