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Is it easier to gain admission to a university as a freshman applicant or is it easier to go to a state school and transfer to a better state school after two years Ex UNCW to UNC chapel hill?


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July 13, 2009 2:05AM

I think this depends on how you do in high school and college.

If you graduate from high school with high grades, took appropriate course work, have great college entrance scores, impressive things to put on your application etc., you may as well try for scholarships and admission to the school of your choice. Go for it when you get the opportunity.

If you go to another college and do very well, you would be in an even stronger position, but if you mess up you might have lost an opportunity.

I would advise applying to more than one place, and talking to people (at least in the admissions office), before making your final decision. I think it would be OK to apply to your dream location and backup schools as well. Even if your dream university does not accept you, you still have great opportunities, and you can even apply again later if you wish - especially if you do great at your less than first choice school.

Many individuals believe that academics play the only role when competitive institutions make their admissions decisions. Your academic background is only a part of it. Colleges and universities attempt to look at the entire person and not just a few parts of that person. Typically, competitive institutions will look a the following when making an admissions decision.

Admission requirements: * Essay(s) required * Required: SAT Reasoning Test or ACT * If submitting ACT, the writing section is required Very important admission factors: * Character/Personal Qualities * Class Rank * Application Essay * Extracurricular Activities * Recommendations * Rigor of secondary school record * Standardized Test Scores * State Residency * Talent/Ability * Academic GPA Important admission factors: * Alumni Relation * Racial/Ethnic Status * Volunteer Work * Work Experience * First generation college student Thus, you can see it's just not as simple as attending a previous college or university. If you do not meet the admissions requirements and get accepted to the school of your choice, it does not mean denied forever. You can then start at another regionally accredited instituion and apply again, once you feel you have met the requirements.