3 years ago
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Low GPA in freshmen Year before transferring to a different school

Hello, my name is Elena and I am a transfer sophomore. When I was a freshman in high school, I was dealing with depression and most of it was due to the school I was attending at the time. Due to that my grade dropped rapidly. I have always been an A student but my freshmen year was a very traumatizing period in my life. My GPA in my freshmen year was around 3.4. After transferring, I have been doing very well. The school I currently attend is a rigorous school and one of the top 10 schools in my state. Starting from my Junior year I will be taking IB classes. I have a 4.28 weighted GPA and 4.78 unweighted. I am in my school's Model UN and a key club member. I am also an intern at a law firm and an organization for autism society. This summer I will be studying abroad in the Netherlands. My question is how does a transfer transcript work and how college administrators proceed with transfer transcripts? Will my freshmen year transcript ruin my chances of gaining admission to a top 10 school. My dream schools are Princeton or Stanford.

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3 years ago

This is a great question and I am glad you asked because I have also been transferred recently. Unlike transferring colleges when you transfer from one high school to another your credits are much easier to move around and they will be accepted easier. If your class rank and GPA are good then the transfer will not be a problem. Looking at your GPA right now you are doing great and yes I do see the slight problem with your freshman year but you were still doing better than expected due to your circumstances and what you described in your question. Even though you did not have a perfect GPA your freshman year you still managed to bring it up really fast because you got it up the next year and I am really proud of you for that. My point is that if you keep doing what you are doing right now you will be accepted into the top 10 schools in your state. Keep up the good work. :)

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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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