Large Drop Second Semester - Chance me plz!

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dtl
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Large Drop Second Semester - Chance me plz!

Postby dtl » Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:05 pm

So here is the story.

Last semester I ended up with a 3.889 and a spot tied for second. This semester my GPA dropped to 3.762 with a big B and B+ pulling everything down. Given the curve and some statistical magic this means I most likely dropped to around 8% or 13/142. I am currently at University of Arizona ranked in early 40's.

My family is going through some major hard times (including my mother's diagnosis with cancer) in Los Angeles so I am hoping to transfer to that area. I also would be interested in Berkeley or other T14 schools (my mother told me if I pass up a really good school she would be too pissed with me to let me help her through treatment.)

Is it worth trying for berkeley with my stats? I am applying USC/UCLA/UC Irvine for sure because of the area - do I have a fair shot at those? Also - is the T10 something I should be trying for or is that unrealistic with my huge drop?

abc12345675
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Re: Large Drop Second Semester - Chance me plz!

Postby abc12345675 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:07 pm

That's not a LARGE jump. You're in the top 10%, you can most likely transfer to USC no problem. I'd give GULC an app, too.

dtl
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Re: Large Drop Second Semester - Chance me plz!

Postby dtl » Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:53 pm

Hrm. I did think it was a pretty big drop but I see that it could be much worse.

Would UCLA be worthwhile to try for then? Berkeley? There seems to be very few ~40s ranked school transfers in the yahoo group database.

Thanks!

abc12345675
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Re: Large Drop Second Semester - Chance me plz!

Postby abc12345675 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:57 pm

Yeah I'd try UCLA. Don't know much about Boalt's transfer policies, so I couldn't give you a fair answer there.

But definitely SC and UCLA. I bet you get in to atleast 1

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Re: Large Drop Second Semester - Chance me plz!

Postby keg411 » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:53 am

dtl wrote:So here is the story.

Last semester I ended up with a 3.889 and a spot tied for second. This semester my GPA dropped to 3.762 with a big B and B+ pulling everything down. Given the curve and some statistical magic this means I most likely dropped to around 8% or 13/142. I am currently at University of Arizona ranked in early 40's.

My family is going through some major hard times (including my mother's diagnosis with cancer) in Los Angeles so I am hoping to transfer to that area. I also would be interested in Berkeley or other T14 schools (my mother told me if I pass up a really good school she would be too pissed with me to let me help her through treatment.)

Is it worth trying for berkeley with my stats? I am applying USC/UCLA/UC Irvine for sure because of the area - do I have a fair shot at those? Also - is the T10 something I should be trying for or is that unrealistic with my huge drop?


If you need to be in LA, why would you apply to Berkeley? Focus on USC/UCLA/Irvine.
I also don't think you're totally shut out of Berkeley with those stats (if you didn't need to be in LA), but they got super picky last year. If you're a CA resident, it will help.

dtl
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Re: Large Drop Second Semester - Chance me plz!

Postby dtl » Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:44 pm

Well, my mother is the one who needs me here. She also told me if I give up a better school she would disown me. So I am leaning towards UCLA/USC but if I get into a significantly better school I may consider it.

Thanks for the replies. I sent applications. Any more opinions would be much appreciated. I am bad at the waiting game.

Tiresias
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Re: Large Drop Second Semester - Chance me plz!

Postby Tiresias » Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:14 pm

Coming from USC, I would say you are well within the range to get admitted here. I would also emphasize your mother's condition. I know this may seem like milking pity, but it is not. It is a legitimate reason to transfer, and a compelling one at that. It can be used to explain (a) your desire to attend USC/UCLA and (b) the drop in your grades (even if there may be other factors at work).

In fact, we recently had a visiting student from U of AZ this past year. One thing that helped him get here was the fact that his family was here and he wanted to be close to family.

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Re: Large Drop Second Semester - Chance me plz!

Postby forestgirl » Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:31 pm

I'm not familiar with LA whatsoever so I won't attempt to chance you on any of those schools. This is just a solidarity reply because quite literally, I think we have nearly the exact same grades. I went from 3.88 to 3.6, with a cumulative GPA of 3.74. I'm still top 6% so it may not be as bad as you fear when you get your rank. Go for it-- you've got nothing to lose besides the app fee.

dtl
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Re: Large Drop Second Semester - Chance me plz!

Postby dtl » Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:06 pm

The solidarity is much appreciated! I walked into my finals more confident than first semester. I was extremely surprised when I got a B and B+ (at a 3.33 school).

Are you attempting transfers as well? I had all sorts of highfalutin plans for T1-6 apps but now it just seems like throwing app money away.




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