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transferring to a lower ranked school

transferring to a lower ranked school
« on: July 09, 2008, 07:10:52 AM »
I have a friend who was in the top 25-30 percent at a school ranked in the 30's and who for personal reasons is trying to transfer to a school in the 60's. Anyone have any idea what the chances are of 1) getting accepted and, more importantly, 2) getting any scholarship money.


Re: transferring to a lower ranked school
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2008, 08:40:49 AM »
Chances of getting accepted are high, if the school has room and doesn't mind taking transfers and isn't overwhelmed with applications.

Chances of getting a scholarship are low, b/c most schools don't give scholarships to transfers. That's not to say they're aren't rare exceptions to this. If the school your "friend" wants to transfer to is a state school, he may be able to talk his way into an in-state tuition discount, for example. Scholarships for transfers are worth asking the school about but most schools will not give them because transfers do not help the schools' rankings - their LSAT / GPA numbers do not count for USNews - and most schools only give scholarships in order so that they can increase their rankings.