Preparing for College

Transferring "Up" to a More Competitive College

Question: I am currently a freshman at a large public university in the Southwest and want to know if it’s possible to transfer to an exclusive school such as Notre Dame, Georgetown, or Northwestern. If I were to earn a GPA of 3.8+, along with my high school SAT scores of 1190, would it be worth my time to apply for next fall? Should I retake the SAT, if I thought I could score at least 100 points higher?

Transferring can be a good way to “trade up” to a college that is more competitive than the one you presently attend (or than those that would have grabbed you right out of high school), but when you’re talking about the big guysâ€"like the three highly selective universities you’ve citedâ€"then you’ll need some big guns to get there.

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