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Would a school find it weird for a student to have transfered twice?

  1. May 27, 2009 #1
    My brother went to a community college this past year and was accepted into a state university for the coming fall. However, this state university does not have as good of a program for his field as another university in the state, so after the coming year he would transfer out of that university and into the good one. Would the good university find it weird that he transferred twice? He would prefer to go to the state university this fall rather than community college for another year but would it be better to go to community college for a second year and then just transfer directly into the good university. The community college does not have as many relevant classes as the state uni and another possible benefit of going to the state university this fall would be that he could prove his academic competence at a 4 year university rather than just at a community college. I just worry that the good uni may find it a bit weird for him to have transferred twice. Thanks for all advice and responses!
     
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  3. May 27, 2009 #2

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    I'm not sure what you mean by "wierd."

    Essentially what matters is whether he will receive credit for the courses he's taken. So far as I know, that's handled independently by each school's admissions office. In theory, he could take each class at a different school and it shouldn't make a difference, so long as the school he's applying to recognizes those courses.
     
  4. May 27, 2009 #3
    So, you don't think the admissions committee would look down on his application, because he may seem fickle by transferring from CC to Uni and then to a different Uni each after only 1 year?
     
  5. May 27, 2009 #4

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    For most undergraduate admissions I don't think the process is that involved. They look at the courses you've taken and use their own formula to determine a GPA based on which they offer admission. For special programs, they may have additional requirements for entrance such as an essay which is evaluated or some way of ranking extra-cirricular involvment. I strongly suspect the schools that apply a 'fickleness' scale are few and far between.
     
  6. May 27, 2009 #5
    I think they will look down if he has poor grades, but they will be impressed if he has good grades. If I saw someone go from CC to local university and then apply to better university, and if that person had excellent grades, I would assume that he is a late bloomer that has discovered his talent and ambition.

    I can relate to this a little. Years ago I taught a senior level electronics class for electrical engineering at the University near me. There were a number of students that went to the community college for 2 years and then transfered to the University for the final two years. They did this for a simple reason; to save money. I know because I asked them. Their families had little money and they were paying their own way with loans. They were the best students in the class. They had the highest grades and the most interest in real learning. I would never look down on any community college student with good grades and a good attitude.
     
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