Overheard in Committee: Time for Transfers

Admit It! Transfers.  You’ve been patient.  You’ve read (and even commented on) the recent blogs regarding Early Decision committee and ED Decisions.  Now it’s your turn.  Well we agree.  Transfer Committee for spring transfer applicants began last Friday and is going strong as we enter December.  So far there’s been lots to discuss but what was overheard in Committee today was a very common and predominant theme.

Overheard in Transfer Committee: Unfortunately the student did not send mid-semester grades.

Okay, so this is a bit of a pet peeve with us.  We promise there are no extraneous components of an application.  We don’t ask you to go through the trouble of procuring and sending mid-semester grades (and we know that process can in fact be troublesome) just for fun.  We truly find them useful.

Maybe this is your first semester of college and we want a progress check.  Maybe you took a withdrawal last semester and this is your first semester back…and we want a progress check.  Maybe this is your first full-time semester (in terms of credit load) and we want to see how you’re handling it.  Maybe your grades are finally on an upward trajectory and we want to see if that trend is continuing.  Maybe, maybe, maybe; we could go on and on.  Suffice it to say there are lots of reasons that mid-semester grades can prove useful.

For students who are academically on the bubble, mid-semester grades can definitely be a tip factor, and we want to see them.  We really appreciate the time and effort it takes for you to get them.  Believe us; they can really make a difference.  We promise they come into play when reviewing applications and were definitely a topic of conversation in today’s committee.

So there you go.  Hope it was worth the wait.  We are working efficiently to wrap up the spring transfer review process and will blog again when decisions are ready to be released.  Stay tuned!

Wendy Livingston ’03, M.Ed. ‘09
Associate Dean of Admission