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Chris Goodmacher is a guest lecturer on transfer students at Columbia University’s graduate school of education. He co-founded and transferred to Dartmouth. He holds graduate degrees from the London School of Economics (Philosophy and Public Policy) and Oxford University (Financial Economics).

Lan Ngo is a PhD student and research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She co-founded and transferred to Stanford. She received her Master’s degree in Education from Columbia University.

Both authors think that transferring doesn’t have to be as painful as it often is.

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The best thing the books did for me is show me that transferring really is possible. There is literally NO information out there about transferring… Seeing that other people like me who took a semester off and then successfully transferred was really encouraging throughout the process.

Amber, who used The Transfer Book to transfer to Scripps College

I would like to thank you guys for your numerous insightful tips on the transfer process. Last spring, I was fortunate enough to be one of the 1.9% of students accepted to transfer to Stanford University. I used the transfer book during my transfer preparation, and it helped me in several ways: at times helped me realize a critical task that I needed to undertake in order to transfer, and at other times, the case studies and your accounts simply validated actions that I was going to undertake myself. All in all, your work is very much appreciated.

A student who used The Transfer Book to transfer to Stanford

Initially, the main reason I bought this book was because of the essays. I could find literally thousands of admission essay books but none of them (at least not that I know of) have essays specifically written by transfer students. This book had so many helpful tips and strategies and sample essays that it helped me tremendously in the process of writing my own essays. Besides the wonderful essay component, I was very surprised that the other part of this book was very good. It helped me a lot in my school selection process as well as getting on the right track to transfer.The interviews were very helpful and interesting also. After years of reading College Confidential and VietAbroader, I thought I knew it all but I did not!

Nghiem, who used The Transfer Book to transfer from a community college to Cornell

I can say that I truly believe if it weren’t for the Transfer Book, I would not have been able to get through the process myself nor would I have been able to write one of the best essays I have ever written. I read every single page of the Transfer Book (some sections multiple times!) and learned so much. Thank you so much for everything!

Gia, who used The Transfer Book to transfer to Northwestern

I bought The Transfer Book and must confess that its really amazing! It is gradually keeping my hopes up that transferring from an HBCU (historically black school) to an Ivy is a POSSIBILITY! Thank you!

Shadrack, who used The Transfer Book to transfer to UPenn

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