Ivy League colleges have long sought to admit a diverse cross section of the world’s young people. Maybe these students hail from faraway nations, like Gabon or Senegal. Maybe these students served their country in uniform at great personal sacrifice. Maybe they are underrepresented minorities or will be the first in their families to attend college. Well, one of the ways in which America’s most elite colleges achieve this very kind of diversity is not only through the regular college admissions process for high schoolers; it’s through the transfer admissions process, too. As we have long argued on the pages of our college admissions blog, America’s elite universities are able to admit students during the transfer admissions process they wouldn’t be able to admit during the regular admissions process. And why? Two key reasons: 1.) transfer students are data ghosts — their grades and scores won’t hurt a school’s all-important “US News & World Report” ranking and 2.) many of the diverse students who apply as transfers simply don’t apply to highly selective colleges in high school — they’re a new batch of intriguing young people for these colleges.
The Ivies Add Diversity Through Transfer Admissions
Yesterday, we were asked by a reporter for “The Daily Pennsylvanian,” the newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania, why UPenn and Cornell in particular love their transfer students. After all, UPenn and Cornell admit the most transfers of the eight Ivies. As Ivy Coach is quoted in a piece by Julie Coleman entitled “Penn is the second most popular Ivy for transfer students after Cornell. Here’s why.” in today’s issue of “The Daily Pennsylvanian,” “Brian Taylor, managing director of Ivy Coach, a New York-based college consulting firm [added] that Penn is often looking to fill bigger classes than other Ivies. ‘[For the class of 2021], Penn was looking to enroll a freshman class of 2,456, whereas Cornell was looking to enroll a class of 3,375,’ Taylor said. ‘For the other six Ivies, the numbers are much smaller.’ Yale University, for instance, enrolled 1,580 freshman students in its Class of 2021, while Brown University welcomed 1,719 students.”
The piece continues, “Transfer students can also be a way for colleges to increase the diversity of their student body, Taylor said. ‘Transfer students bring great diversity to a student body,’ he said. ‘They don’t count against a school’s U.S. news ranking so they can admit kids who don’t necessarily have the high school grades. Maybe they didn’t do so well in high school and come from a community college, maybe they’re veterans of our military who served our country in uniform.'” Indeed almost every veteran of America’s military with whom we at Ivy Coach work on a pro bono basis applies as a transfer student since almost every one of them has completed some college coursework, often at community colleges or low-tiered schools.
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