RE: Help!! Advice? Downsides Dual Enrollment, Only submit high school transcripts, not junior college??
Hello - Thanks in advance for any thoughts:
If you are still in high school, is it possible to just show the application committees your high school transcripts and not send college transcripts of the junior college classes you have been taking while in high school since the 9th grade?
In high school I have been too ambitious and took on too much.
I have a 3.8 gpa at high school, but in addition to taking a full load at high school, I also simultaneously took a near full load at the local junior college (11 units) each semester since my high school freshman year. Each semester, I got A's and B's at the junior college level while also getting near straight A's at the high school.
This last semester of my junior year, I wanted to make one final push before applications and so I pushed myself even harder at the junior college by taking college chemistry and statistics and got the first "C's" in my life on each of these two courses while getting straight A's during the same semester at my high school.
So my ambitious dual-enrollment junior college classes taken during high school will wreck my 3.8 high school gpa.
Before these two "C's" I was really excited about applying towards some of highly rated schools I liked. Now, I am sad that I probably won't get into this same level of colleges I've been working towards. It seems that if I had never tried also taking the difficult junior college courses, I would have been better off just taking high school courses and just applied to my highly rated colleges with my high school 3.8 gpa.
My high school isn't very well off and doesn't offer any AP courses at all, so I wanted to show I was capable of going "above and beyond" but this meant taking double the number of classes as most high schoolers to get any classes that would count towards a "weighted" gpa (i.e. the one grade point bump for junior college classes taken during high school).
All of these classes are only additional optional classes which fit the California UC IGETC GE requirements, none of them apply or are required toward my high school requirements.
I don't want my dream schools for the prestige so much as I just like them and they offer more financial aid which I need. Some of the schools that I was working towards which I now think my over-extended semester of 2 C's has ruined are: Colgate, College of the Holy Cross, University of Richmond, Bucknell, Connecticut College, Wake Forest, among others.
So questions that I welcome any thoughts on are:
1) When I apply to colleges, can I just send them only my high school transcript with the 3.8gpa and not my junior college transcripts?
2) Does anyone have an suggestions on how to recover or damage control this situation? Or can correct any of my misconceptions?
3) Does anyone have any suggestions as to what level of school I can now get into? How to best pitch my situation? What my new financial aid strategy should be?
4) Is it true, that I would have been better off in my selection of colleges if I had never tried to stretch myself by taking these junior college classes?
5) Do junior college grades taken while in high school have to be transferred and factored into my final college gpa? So, a class I took when I was 14 years old must be counted in my college gpa when I am 22 years old and applying to graduate school? How long and badly do my high school mistakes on junior college classes follow me later in college life?
Thanks for any thoughts you feel like offering,