26 Jun, 2021 11:51 AM

Will terrible grades at a previous University come back to haunt me for when I try to transfer from a CC?

When I was a freshman at a cal-state i got terrible grades: W, here, WU there, F here, D there. My cumulative GPA a 1.34. I couldn't really afford my books, had no family support, i come from a poor family, started feeling depressed, then started hanging with the wrong crowd, started smoking marijuana all the time like my friends, and everything just spiraled down from there sadly. After soul searching, I made the decision to leave that whole environment and leave everything behind to come back to my mothers house even though I would have to sleep on the couch. I eventually enrolled at my local community college and earned a 3.5 GPA my first semester and a 3.7 GPA my second semester. I currently have a 3.6 GPA but it should be at a 3.8 or higher by the time I transfer. My major is engineering. So when it comes time for me to apply to schools, I want to apply to schools like UCLA, UCSB, UCB, UCSD, USC and a few out of state programs that have good engineering programs. But will my freshman year from come back to haunt me? Will admissions committees look down on me?

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JO
26 Jun, 2021 11:51 AM

Anytime you apply to universities, they will ask of which college you previously you attended.  That mean it would likely include your freshmen year at the cal state you attended.  It is good that you made a good rebound by having a strong GPA from community college.  You can try to explain the problem you had on freshmen year in your personal statement.

Source(s): CSULB student