Can my vastly improved performance in school save me from my past?
February 1, 2009 9:19 AM Subscribe
Gradschool application question. My undergrad educational history is strange. What are my odds of getting into a really good school?
I started my undergrad program in Canada and had a few classes I got an A in, A few B's, A few C's. 2 F's that I should have contested (they were in my first year and I could probably request that they be removed from my record but I didn't).
With that miraculously crappy transcript I managed to transfer to a mediocre university in the USA. I transfered 27 credits (A's, B's, C's). I can't be sure, but I think my overall GPA from that school was 2.8 or so.
The following 2 years I spent in the US university I have managed to pull off straight A's. I joined the honors program, and I am in the process of graduating with a 4.0 GPA (this university doesn't count transfer credits in the GPA calculation, they are transfered strictly as "credit received"). I will have finished 97 credits all with a 4.0 GPA in this school when I graduate.
Most of the gradschool applications I looked at require transcripts from all post-secondary institutions I attended. Can I omit the Canadian transcript with the grades if all the courses that were transferred are listed as credit-transfers (without grades) on my US transcript?
What are my odds of being accepted into Harvard, Yale, Berkley, Columbia, MIT, or something of that caliber even with my sketchy educational background?
What are my odds of receiving a merit-based scholarship to attend one of these (or another) fine institutions?