A few weeks ago, we posted about guaranteed transfer admission, a process by which colleges don’t admit a student for the coming academic year but allow them to transfer into the college (guaranteed) if they hold a certain GPA at the university they attend freshman year. We at Ivy Coach happen to think that guaranteed transfer admission is borderline unethical as it encourages students to attend colleges they have every intention of transferring out of after one year. This is not good for the student, and it’s not good for the college that he or she attends freshman year. And we’re not alone in thinking guaranteed transfer should come to an end (read what the Dean of Admission at Hamilton College had to say about it).
Cornell University of the Ivy League is a university that is notorious for this practice. Cornell guaranteed transfer admission has been around for years and it’s not likely to end soon (unless all of this bad press changes the university’s stance). In fact, Cornell University just issued a few statements as reported in their school newspaper on all of the negative press surrounding the practice. According to “The Cornell Daily Sun,” “‘It’s a shame the New York Times writer misreported the statement we’d given,’ said Claudia Wheatley, interim deputy University spokesperson.”
“The Cornell Daily Sun” article goes on, “‘The transfer offer is a student choice every step along the way,’ said Cathleen Sheils ’98, director of admissions in ILR. ‘So ‘stealing’ students from other institutions would not be accurate.’…The Times article portrays transfers as caught in an awkward holding pattern during their first year that leaves most unhappy. While some at Cornell regret accepting the other, many are content with the decision. ‘I picked a college close to home,’ George Groen ’12 said. ‘It provided a year for maturity and work experience, cost savings for my parents and made it easier to establish good study habits once at the Hotel School, which was my first choice. The rule [The New York Times] missed is that you don’t tell your friends on day one you might leave.'”
We at Ivy Coach think Cornell University’s PR department could stand a shakeup as these statements do little to address concerns people have about the practice of guaranteed transfer admission. Maybe they should just own it and say, “This is what we do. If you have qualms about it, apply elsewhere.” Hmmm, that’ll be the day.
Check out “The Cornell Daily Sun” article by Dan Robbins on college transfers.
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