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Impact of Dropping out and Starting Over

RottgrrlRottgrrl Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
DD at SJSU first year. Various issues have come up on campus and led us to conclude that it would be best for her to drop out now (after one semester) and attend her local CC and later try and transfer to a UC or other local college (we are in So. Cal.).

Wondering if anyone has gone this route? Her one semester was good in terms of academics, but its likely the credits won't transfer. Will the fact she switched schools after one semester be a red flag or held against her in future applications?


Replies to: Impact of Dropping out and Starting Over

  • HImomHImom Registered User Posts: 33,545 Senior Member
    edited January 26
    I'd have your D reach out to see if she can still drop all her courses with no academic penalties at this point. Most Us have various cutoffs for dropping or withdrawing from courses. If you have tuition refund insurance, you may wish to see what documentation is required for a refund/reimbursement.

    It seems more important for you and your student to be sure to sort out whatever is causing you to conclude she should drop out than worrying about any "red flags" for future applications.

    Our D was forced to drop out of HS after JR year and go to CC. She applied to transfer after completing her 1st semester there and was allowed to enter an elite private U after completing 3 semesters of CC. She did not appear to have it held against her that she was forced out of HS after JR year nor that she "only" had a GED and no HS diploma.
  • RottgrrlRottgrrl Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    Thanks for your thoughts & sharing your Ds experience. Luckily my D is still within the time to drop without penalty. The reasons for dropping out are pretty unique to the university (and persons at the university), not to her as a student, so their really is not anything to sort out (sorry, but due to the nature of the issues - have to be vague). Really just worried about how the situation might impact future transfer opportunities.
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