...Can't comment to the ease of applying to any of these schools as a transfer, but from both your complaints/wishes and from your comment about money, I'm thinking that USC wouldn't be a very good fit for you at all. Have you looked into these schools at all outside of location?I am unhappy where I am because it is far too large, Greek life is overly prevalent, the town is way too small and not near any major cities (although there is a superb teaching and research hospital), it's a huge party school. Though minor, I would love to experience all four seasons (unless I'm in LA). I only chose this school because it was the best option I had at the time. I never really wanted to go there. I've always dreamed and imagined walking to class on a gorgeous campus with lots of greenery/foliage/even snow, studying in gothic/European styled libraries, having small classes, going to classy-ish bars... none of that is a my current school.
@efle , Money is not a huge concern. But it would definitely suck having to pay $50k+/year from paying less than $5k/year.
Perhaps you are right, and hopefully you do excel if you transfer; it's just that a lot of young pre-meds come on this forum and blame their grades on their situation, so it's a pretty common thing in pre-allo. Hence my suspicions. I would still caution against applying to or attending Emory, given your high school (and college) stats. Regarding Scripps, from its Wikipedia: "The school received 167 transfer applications, of which it admitted none."@jb94mg , good to know! Probably won't be retaking the SAT then! I'm not blaming my situation for my so-so GPA. But I know I will be happier at one of the listed schools, and being happier will make it easier to study and excel. I simply do not like where I am now and believe I will be happier somewhere else. Most schools accept transfers for the spring term, which is what I'm applying for. I've removed USC.
Can't hurt to try. Far better to waste a bit of time on a few reach/dream apps than never try and wonder what ifsThanks so much, @bae2017 ! Unfortunately, I've already done that :/ Northeastern's co-op program is really interesting. My top choice would be Boston College, but they don't take too many transfers and my stats are a bit low for them.
EDIT: Apparently, BC accepted 29% of transfer applicants for Fall 2014. I was rejected as a HS senior... don't know if it's worth a shot or not. Hmm...