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Will your books help with transferring?

QUESTION: I am considering transferring into some highly selective schools. I have applied to these schools this year and have been denied, except for one school in which I am on the waiting list. I was wondering whether your books would be beneficial to me since the admission officers look for different things in transfer students. Signed, Crossroads

Dear Crossroads: There are different expectations for transfer students than for entering freshmen. Colleges expect you to have a clearer picture of what you plan to do in the future as well as specific reasons for transferring to the school, and this needs to be reflected in your application.

However, the underlying strategies for doing this as an entering freshman or transfer student are similar and are found in our book Get Into Any College at These strategies include that you need to highlight your strengths through your application, write a compelling essay and garner strong recommendation letters from those who know you best. These are approaches that work no matter what your level of study.

Whether you are an entering freshman or a transfer student, colleges will ask the same two questions. Can you handle the academic coursework, and what will you add to the campus community?

Because you are transferring, the colleges will rely heavily on your college academic performance as well as the contributions that you've made to your current college to answer these two questions. You will also need to provide specific reasons for selecting the college and why it offers something that your current college is missing. As you complete your applications, make sure that you are answering how you will handle the classes and what you will add.

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Gen & Kelly Tanabe

Gen and Kelly Tanabe are the founders of SuperCollege and the award-winning authors of 11 books on college admission, financial aid and scholarships. Together they were accepted to all of the Ivy League colleges and won more than $100,000 in merit-based scholarships to graduate from Harvard debt-free.