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do transfer students have an edge over high school gradsThe short answer to that is yes, but, since that wouldn’t be a very useful answer, allow me to elaborate.

I would venture to say that transferring is actually easier than applying to college as a high school student. That’s a big statement, so let me back it up. First, the application pool is totally different. Everyone remembers that one person in high school who did well at everything, graduated valedictorian, and was voted “most likely to be great at everything.” When you are applying to schools as a high school student, you are going head-to-head with these kinds of students. As a transfer applicant, you are applying with other community college students and students who are leaving their current four-year university. The application pool is smaller for transfer students (on average 30,000 students apply to the Ivy Leagues from high school while only 1,500 apply for transfer), so you’ll have a much easier time standing out.

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