smiley wrote:Hey everyone,
Question. For an extremely competitive school (HYS), if someone else at your current school who has better grades than you is applying too (think #1 compared to top 5%), are you automatically not getting in? Thanks.
Oh, this is a T20, if that makes a difference.
There's nothing automatic about transfer admissions. This last year HLS got over 300 applicants and took around 30 students. They get a lot of qualified applicants from a number of schools, so they have to rely on things beyond just grades to distinguish them.
I know for a fact that HLS is using WE to differentiate applicants. If you have a few years of WE that might help you get in ahead of someone else at your school with slightly better grades. Other factors (strength of LORs, reasons for transferring and other content of PS) can make a difference too.
Also, it's not like these schools only take one person from each school. There are at least three different schools that sent multiple transfer students to HLS this past year. Plus, if there's one guy applying ahead of you, and he gets into all three of HYS, he can only go to one of them. Then the other two will have a seat open they still want to fill.
However, keep in mind that the gap from #1 to top 5% is a fairly big gap in terms of chances, regardless of whether someone else from your school is applying.