Know the Readers of Your College Transfer Application


August 30, 2013 in Admissions, All Transfers


As pointed out by one of our readers, knowing the audience of your college transfer application is very important.  Here’s advice from our knowledgeable reader, who wrote this comment specifically addressing a student interested in applying to transfer to Stanford:

I would spend more time focusing on relating directly to the person that will be reading your transcripts and application. This is the person you need to impress upon, not the Dean, not the Alumni and not your peers. All those admissions people get are essays about saving the world as a tech entrepreneur and how they want to be like Reid Hoffman. Simply email/call the admissions office and speak with someone about what they generally look for in transfers. You can even say you are a parent if you are nervous. Then I would find the person who will be handling your application. Do this by attending a nearby college fair and speaking with the representative there. Establish a relationship with them and make sure to follow up consistently in a friendly and professional manner. Next I would request a formal interview and don’t come off as someone begging to be part of the Stanford prestige. Try to portray yourself as an adult looking to identify a strong investment in the $100k you will be spending on your education. Remember, that you are paying THEM to give you the education. Even at a selective school like Stanford they need to prove they are worthy of your cash, time and hard work. In short, make yourself stick out and speak directly to the human that will be handling your application. Never leave your life decisions in the hands of policy, statistics or quotas. Good luck!

This advice goes well with our suggestions to speak with college admissions officers about transferring:

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1 response to Know the Readers of Your College Transfer Application

  1. Hi,

    I am sending my transfer applications from abroad; that’s because not only I completed my freshman and sophomore years at a community college in Miami, but I’m also an international student who had to return to my home country. At the time I got admittance letters to begin on this fall, I hadn’t received propitious scholarships that allowed me to enroll. I am now sending applications again for the fall of 2015.

    How would you advise me to build this relationship with the admissions office from abroad?

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