Though most of my Ivy League college admissions blog posts center around high school seniors applying to the most competitive and elite US universities, every year I also work with students who are already in college, and are thinking about transferring (or thinking about trying to transfer) into an Ivy League school.
Did you hear that correctly? YES, YOU CAN GET INTO AN IVY LEAGUE COLLEGE, like Harvard, Princeton, or Yale…by transferring.
And, I’ll tell you another secret: it’s easier to get in.
Each year, I get students into some of the top colleges in the country as transfers. Now, don’t get me wrong, you need to have done really well your first semester at whatever school you did decide to attend, but I have had students who got completely rejected from Harvard (for example) — as in, not even deferred if they applied Early Decision — not even waitlisted, who ended up going to not another Ivy League school, but say some “easier” or mid-ranked college that is not even in the Ivy League (someplace like NYU, Boston College, Emory University, “Seven Sister” schools, or even state schools like Georgia Tech) who end up applying as transfers to Harvard (our example) and actually GETTING IN.
The theory is that since there are WAY less transfer applicants than regular freshman high school applicants, if you have done well your first semester (that’s all you need) at your college of choice, you actually have a really good shot.
In other words, if you need that spelled out — it’s easier to get in to the Ivy League, and the Ivy League’s top schools (Princeton, Harvard, Yale) as a transfer student.
You need to have good grades, and you need to have decent test scores, but the Ivy League colleges are more interested in how you did your first semester in college, than anything you previously did in high school (including your SAT scores).
I have gotten kids in as transfer students to Harvard, who absolutely would have been passed over and rejected if they applied the previous year while they were high school seniors.
How you present yourself though, as a transfer applicant, is very important. You need to think about how you want to craft your story, your narrative. You need to think about your reasons for wanting to transfer to an Ivy League college.
You’ll also be leaving your first school behind — any friends you’ve made, etc. Most of all though, you need to craft that narrative in a way that will sound like a valid reason for transferring to the school.
And getting straight A’s your first semester doesn’t hurt.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to transfer into an Ivy League college, and not just give up on your dreams, please contact me today for a free consultation.
Transfer applications are due March 1. I’m working with all kinds of college transfer students now. Don’t think it isn’t possible to transfer into Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Columbia, Brown, UPenn, or Cornell because it is.
If you’re not thrilled by the school you got into, if you got rejected from the Ivy League either Early Decision or regular try, know it is STILL possible.
You just need a strategy and a plan, and that’s exactly what I do: www.IvyCollegeEssay.com
See you in the Ivy League!
[I’m a former Harvard admissions interviewer and a Harvard graduate, and currently run the top-rated IVY LEAGUE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS FIRM: www.IvyCollegeEssay.com . Contact me today for a free consultation, and get in to the school of your dreams!]