What is the best way to transfer to a University such as UCBerkeley, UCLA, MIT, etc?

By | September 24, 2015

Before you mention anything, let me just say that I know about assist and IGETC, so i know the general requirements.

My first question is: Do universities care about your general load of classes, such as doing a major prep over the summer? Because if a class is over the summer/winter sessions, it is usually less of a challenge since it is usually not taken with anything else. Or can i actually benefit from this as this allows me to get more classes done, for the load of classes are not important?

Lastly, I want to know if the universities care about your order of classes that you take: such as taking advanced bio classes with first year chemistry classes. I was reading school websites and I noticed that at UC Berkeley for example, students cannot take any bio classes for their major until their first or second semester O-chem has been fulfilled because the prerequisites are a lot different compared to junior colleges.

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3 thoughts on “What is the best way to transfer to a University such as UCBerkeley, UCLA, MIT, etc?

  1. Starchaaser

    Basically, a huge portion of your eligibility is if you’ve copleted your IGETC and all of your lower division requirements for your major. It’s very hard to transfer to those schools if you haven’t taken your physics or o-chem yet.

    GPA is also a large factor, but not a deciding factor. I know many many 4.0 students that did not get accepted for transfer to any of those places.

    Once you meet those two criteria, make sure you are well rounded. You need to be active both on campus and off campus. It’s extremely important to stand out somehow, because there are so many applicants for transfer. All who will have very very similar applications. If you do not grab the attention of the admissions people, then you are leaving it up to chance that they will choose you over someone with the exact same qualifications.

    **EDIT**
    Sorry, went off and didn’t answer your questions

    Do they care about courseload: Yes, but only if a red flag raises that points to grade inflation. If you took one science and three underwater basket weaving classes, then this will be a factor. But all and all, as long as you are taking a full load, with a good balance of considered “difficulty,” and as long as there is a point to taking that class (e.g. it fulfills your IGETC requirement or perhaps it will benefit you in your future career). Basically, It would only hinder you if you were trying to get a higher GPA by taking an easier load.

    Summer/Winter sessions can be very challenging. You are a large portion of each day dedicated to a subject. What they are looking for is what you spent your time over the summer doing. Did you get a job, expand your horizons, volunteer in the community and get ahead in your required classes, or did you party at the beach every day. Take home message: make your summers productive and beneficial to your personal and academic life.

    As for the bio and o-chem issue… if you are referring to the the year long general biology that all science majors go through, then it should be taken without extensive knowledge of organic chemistry. Any biology courses after that should probably wait, because if your college offers advance courses but leaves out the organic chemistry portions ,you could be at a big disadvantage when you get there. Save your major classes for when you get there, take your lower division and IGETC at your comm. college. No lower division or IGETC requirements should have O-chem as a prerequisite.

  2. ZenPenguin

    Classes are evaluated independently. Whether you only take one class per semester or if you take an additional 5, you still have the same work load in that particular class. Professors do not factor in how many other classes a student takes. By the same logic, there is no difference whatsoever whether you take the class in summer, winter, spring, etc. Not sure how this can “allow you to get more classes done”, since, again, each class is evaluated independently.

    The order, however, is vital. You are expected to have mastered the information from a prerequisite class. The prof will spend little to no time on concepts you are expected to have mastered. Those concepts were taught in the prerequisite classes. So, absolutely, you will be kicked out of a bio class without O-chem, or physics without calculus, or American Lit without English 1A.

  3. Bill

    It is doubtful the things you mention wil make any difference at all.

    Thanks
    Bill

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