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Hi guys. I'm seriously considering transferring to Fordham(Lincoln Center Campus) for Fall of '08. Does anyone have any advice or little known info about financial aid, housing, or just general treatment of transfers?
Also, does anyone know if I apply earlier(like early '08 as opposed to near the July 1 deadline) will I have a better chance at getting in, getting money, etc?
Thanks!
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From:sp34k
Date:November 18th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
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Transfer students are very unlikely to get housing at Lincoln Center, and from personal experience I'm going to have to say that fin aid is a bitch too. I've got about a million loans out right now. Totally not cool. Also, I've found that as a transfer, it's kinda hard to get information that other people who started in their freshman year seem to have. And I didn't have this problem but a lot of people I've spoken to had problems with transferring credits from their old schools.

That being said, I do like the school itself and if you're willing to go through the pain of transferring I think it's worth it. You just have to have a bit of patience.
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From:kahlan_amnell
Date:November 19th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
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I've also heard that transfer students are very unlikley to get housing, particularly at Lincoln Center. This is partly because they shut down Marymont College and had to give perference to all the students who had been there in housing at Rose Hill or Lincoln Center. So if you don't live within a communteable distance from Lincoln Center, be prepared to find off campus housing. Look into it before you find out if you got housing or not. I see too many transfer students complaining at the last second that they got no housing and what should they do.

Financial aid for transfer students is limited, and even people who have been at Fordham since freshman year often complain about finanical aid being unhelpful. During my time there I had several friends have to leave the school because their finanical aid was reduced and they could no longer afford it.

That said, if you get in and decide to come, Fordham is in general a friendly place for transfer students. If you get involved in some clubs you should be able to make friends quickly.

I don't mean to discourage you with this comment, I'm just telling you what I've heard and seen.
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From:imclala
Date:November 19th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
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Transfers are last on the list to receive housing. That said, all the transfers I've known who needed housing were given it. But most people who transfer prefer to just rent an apartment and know for certain that they have a place to live, as Fordham might wait until the last moment to let you know that you got housing. But if you really need a dorm, you'll probably get one.

Definitely apply early. Housing is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
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From:sarahndipity
Date:November 19th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
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I'm a transfer who needed housing and didn't get it. I feel I've been jipped my Fordham a few times, however I still LOVE IT HERE.

I'd be MORE than welcome to talk to you about FU and transferring here, however I think it would be most sucessful if you just im me.

If you are intersted, let me know!
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From:teh_fox
Date:November 19th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)

don't go here unless you have to.

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fordham will probably not give you housing at LC. if they do actually give you housing, it will be at rose hill and you'll have to take the "ram van" to lincoln center. and fordham is a bitch about taking credits and if they do take your credits, they will make them electives and not applicable to the core or your major.

and the requirements are totally retarded (5 semesters of a language that are 3 credit classes with a 2 hour lab every week if you are anything but a natural science major... yea, pretty sweet...plus at least 3 semesters of religious philosophy classes and all that fun stuff.)

they also don't tell you anything and basically the place is run by a bunch of monkeys.
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From:imclala
Date:November 19th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)

Re: don't go here unless you have to.

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That's not true. They tried the 5-semester language requirement, but they realized it wasn't a good idea, so they changed it back to 2 semesters. And since when do they require three semesters of religios philosophy? When I went there a couple years ago, they required two semesters of theology and two semesters of philosophy, but most schools will have similar requirements and if you don't want to take a ton of core, don't go to Fordham. You should know what you're getting into.

And they do apply transfer credits to core and major classes, they just have to be "comparable" to Fordham's classes.

You need to be persistent with Res Life. They probably won't give you housing right away, but if you keep calling, tell them you really need it, and basically be really annoying, they should give you housing. Most people I know who transferred and got housing got the call just a couple days before the semester started, so you might not want to risk it. But everyone I know personally who needed housing and bugged Res Life got it.
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From:imclala
Date:November 19th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)

Re: don't go here unless you have to.

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Then they changed it again. When I went there, they changed the requirement for the class of 2007 (the year after mine). So, yes, I was exempt. But I was also an Ambassador for the admissions office, so I had to know this stuff.

A couple years later, they changed the requirement back for the class of 2009. However, students in the classes of 2007 and 2008 still had to do the five-semester requirement. Are you telling me that they changed their minds AGAIN?

I said that transfers are at the bottom of the list. But that list is not strictly first-come, first-served. Need is one of the many things they consider. If you make a pain of yourself and make it clear to Res Life that you need a dorm or you will not be able to attend, then based on my experience, they will give you one.

EDIT: Just to be clear, I have known plenty of transfers who lived off-campus. They were initially told that they did not receive housing and immediately found an apartment. I'm saying that if you hold out and call Res Life every day and make a pest of yourself, you will probably be given a dorm a couple days before the semester starts.

Edited at 2007-11-19 09:37 pm (UTC)
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From:techtress
Date:November 20th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)

Re: don't go here unless you have to.

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thats simply not true. I'm 2008 now but I entered class of 2009 and they as well as class of 2010 and 2011 have to take 5 semester or until level 2001 for language core. the only people except are pre-med, pshycology, business and i think theatre majors (but i could be mistaken about the last one).

As for when to apply do it ASAP! housing lists and financial aid are done pretty much based on when you apply for it. so the sooner you find out if you get in the sooner you can appeal for higher aid (which you can always do, they may not always give more but its damn well worth trying) and the sooner you can put yourself on the waitlist for housing. And actually transfers are not last. Order of preference goes: RH(or marymount) internal transfers, then external transfers like yourself, then LC/RH commuter students who wish to switch to dorming.

Good luck.
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From:jamillah86
Date:November 20th, 2007 07:00 am (UTC)
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I didn't have a language requirement because I took AP Latin. But depending on how you did in high school and whether or not you took a language AP you get placed according to your skill. I have friends who took Spanish in high school and were of Hispanic origin (speaking Spanish fluently at home), and they got bumped up a semester or two. Every person is different.
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