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How do I repair my college transcript? (Or, am I just screwed?)

Asked by timespent (20points) February 11th, 2011

I dropped out of university about a year ago. My GPA was somewhere around a 1.2— or something equally god awful. I wish I had stories of booze laden parties, a drug habit, something really gritty and fun at least to blame for those grades, but no—that was all me. The semester I dropped out, instead of going to class to take the final exams or turn in a paper (that I’d stayed up quite late to finish), I drove past campus and went to watch a matinee alone. I have no explanation for that other than I was very unhappy for a very long time and that was when I realized I needed to get myself in order. So, I quit. Got myself some help and now I’m ready to go back. It’s still something I struggle with, but I’ve made plans. For the first time I actually know what I want and who I want to be, and it’s certainly not that person with the 1.2 GPA.

I am enrolled in a community college now, but I would like to transfer out at some point. I know my old GPA is going to count against me, but is it something that might be overlooked if I do well in my time at community? I just don’t want that time in my life to be a hindrance to me forever.

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Disc2021's avatar

Many props to you for going back to school/making efforts to over come what seemingly sounded like a dark period in your life.

I was told by many that there is no way I could go/get into a college/university without taking the SAT. However, somehow currently I’m a junior in a university. I started out at a community college and my grades transferred from there to the university that I’m in now. Point being, while there are certain standards you may have to hold to get into college, as long as you’re able to prove that you’re someone who belongs in a college, chances are you’ll end up in one.

I dont know if there’s a way to “wipe your slate clean” but I highly doubt you’re “doomed”, so to say. Perhaps you could start fresh at your current community college and transfer those grades somewhere else, without ever transferring your transcripts from your previous university?

Either way, whether it turns out you’re genuinely starting fresh or that you’ll have to just correct your errors in the past, what’s important is that you do well now and stay consistent. If you could do that much, you should have nothing to worry about.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

What I’ve been told is that if your new transcripts show that you’re doing well, then they won’t really care about the old ones – they understand that some people don’t do well the first time around (or even the second or third) but (except for Ivy League) what they care about is who you are now, not who you were in the past.

talljasperman's avatar

I got sick and received a 2.3/9 I’ve worried about it for years, But I know that I can take 10 courses from another college and transfer back it’s the student loan that’s holding me back… good luck

LuckyGuy's avatar

You can turn it around. If your new GPA is high, the old will be greatly (if not completely) discounted. Congratulations on getting it together! You’ll kick butt this time!

SuperMouse's avatar

I agree with the others, great grades and a high GPA now at community college will help you recover from your mistakes. Right out of high school I had a not so successful college experience, but retook a lot of the classes I flubbed and raised my GPA enough to get into a good four year school. It sounds like you have the right attitude, keep it up and you’ll do great!

klutzaroo's avatar

If there was a “hardship” situation, you can see about getting your grades canceled from a certain period just before you got help. You’ll need to be honest with the college and let them know what was going on, give them permission to talk to the people you got help from (and vice versa) to confirm that you received help, basically verify that you were unable to successfully complete that semester because of extenuating circumstances. You need to hurry and start the process because there is a time limit on these things (and it might have already passed), but you might be able to help yourself out by doing it. Every college I’ve ever attended or seen has a hardship policy because they understand that sometimes life happens. Look into it, talk to some people, you may be able to help yourself now like you weren’t when you screwed up your GPA.

The thing is, your GPA will not be discounted. It is what it is. You can work to raise it, you can get grades canceled if you’re able to work the mechanism for it, but most people in most places in admissions offices don’t ignore your previous GPA.

@Disc2021 Not disclosing transcripts from colleges when all forms state transcripts from all previous colleges attended is dishonest. Dishonesty like that is grounds for dismissal for the college. Fab advice.

Disc2021's avatar

@klutzaroo Well then I apologize to the OP if my post was misleading or if I was misinforming. I wasn’t suggesting any form of academic dishonesty – I clearly don’t know the policy as far as what transcripts must be transferred and was only implying that if he could find any legal way around not bringing his previous college experience with him, why not take it. Again, I’m not encouraging lying in any academic setting, nor did I mean to.
There’s a particular tone of rudeness and hostility from people on the internet that you dont get necessarily get anywhere else… that I’m really getting tired of.

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