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01/19/2021 at 11:18AM

Safety Schools for Journalism and English

Hi! I'm planning on applying to some colleges in the USA by March, as a transfer student. I want to do a bachelors in either English/Journalism - with one or the other being the major/minor.

So far I have some schools I want to apply to with my 3.8 college GPA, but to be safe of course, I would like some recommendations for safety schools for these courses if any of you know some!

I would really appreciate it if you could give me some recommendations.

Thank you!

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4 answers

01/19/2021 at 02:23PM

So I suppport graces answer but I want to mention some links

Generally, if they have over a 65% admit rate it would be a safety but Id like to Highlight Mizzou (Univ of Missouri).

Accepted Answer
01/19/2021 at 08:54PM

You will find these links useful:

I would recommend the following colleges that have both majors:


Columbia University


U Penn


Syracuse University

U Mich

Boston University


Wake Forest

Good Luck

@DebaterMAX01/19/2021 at 09:31PM

None are safeties though which is what OP wanted.

@LilyNDash01/19/2021 at 10:46PM

So you are saying that Syracuse or Wake Forest wouldn't be a safety for someone with a 3.8 College GPA whose done 2-4 semesters of college level work?

@LilyNDash01/19/2021 at 10:52PM

Your suggestion of University of Missouri is with a 80% acceptance rate is a better answer? I beg to differ.

@DebaterMAX01/19/2021 at 10:59PM [edited]

Syracuse and WF I’m not super familiar with but WF has an under 30% admit rate. Syracuse is a safety or a target as that depends on ECs and non GPA factors but my overall point was only 1 school that you listed can be considered a safety when that was what was asked for. I didn’t say Mizzou was better than the ones you listed but it does fit thier criteria and has a well regraded journalism school. And it’s an explicit safety.

@LilyNDash01/20/2021 at 07:46PM

I notice you enjoy playing in other members' lanes even if you have nothing much to add. Maybe it makes you feel good to have the last word but many find your style no different than the kid in class who has his hand up every question whether they know the answer or not.

@DebaterMAX01/20/2021 at 07:58PM [edited]

I don’t understand how saying 10% of your suggested schools meets criteria is “nothing much to add”.

01/21/2021 at 03:26PM

Hi, thank you for asking your question! I'd like to endorse all the wonderful previous answers. The best way is to use a search databases that you can filter based on your college preferences as well as admissions chances (calculated using your grades, standardized test scores, EC's, etc.). As @gracecatan mentioned, the CollegeVine college search tool is a great place to start! (~absolutely~ no bias here ;) haha).

Another thing I will add is to look for schools that have high transfer acceptance rates. These will be harder to find given that most schools' transfer acceptance rates are lower than traditional student acceptance rates. By looking for higher-transfer rate schools, you will increase your chances of getting admitted. Finally, I wouldn't necessarily categorize schools as "safety schools" because you are a transfer student and the chances of admission are lower than they would be for a traditional applicant.

Best of luck! And thank you everyone for the great links and advice.

01/19/2021 at 01:55PM

Hi! You can easily use College Vine's college search tool. First, fill out your chancing profile by hovering over your account icon, then clicking "Chancing profile." Enter all your information so the chancing engine can work it's magic. Then, use the "Find Schools" function. Click: Schools --> Find schools --> Input all the criteria you want out of a school (Major, size, student:faculty ratio, etc.) and check "Safety" under "Admissions Difficulty" to see your safety schools. You can also just click this link to go to the "Find schools" page: then input your desired criteria. Once you have a list, make sure to check their policies on transfer students, as different schools will treat transfers differently. If anyone else knows specific schools that are really good for English/journalism to help @lapoozle out, feel free to add them as your own answer or as a comment here. I hope this helped!