I'm half-way considering to apply for a transfer, although I'm not sure yet. I'm not in the state I want to be in and my school is not "national." However, I'm here on a scholarship and my GPA puts me probably around the top 15% of the class (first semester).
Anyone think it's worth transferring? I'm at a school ranked 40-50 which is NOT in California. California is my home (Bay area). I would love to go back home.
In my haste I forgot to mention some thoughts I had. I figure my GPA isn't high enough for Stanford or Berkeley. It'll probably get me into Hastings and Davis. But is it worth giving up my scholarship, possible shot a journal, etc. etc. to go to a school that is roughly similarly ranked? I think UCLA is out of the question too.
If I were you, I would apply to Berkley, which is probably a bit of a shot. On the other hand, you are from California, which might help your chances there considering it is public. I would also apply to USC and UCLA, where I think you have a good shot. Who really knows with this crapshoot? Additionally, I imagine the fact you want to move back home would make for a persuasive personal statement.
You should apply and if you get into one of the schools and decide you don't want to go, you can use the acceptance at your current school to perhaps get more scholarship money.