How to deal with one failed class for transfering?

<p>Hey CC,</p>

<p>Here's my situation. 1st semester of freshmen year, I failed a class because I wasn't used to the college environment and also because it was a very hard class. Because of this one failed class, it's killing my college GPA and I want to transfer to some good school (UCLA, USC, U. Michigan, UVA, Northwestern, Cornell). </p>

<p>I am a sophomore in college and will be transferring as a junior Fall 11</p>

<p>My GPA currently is a 3.55 with the failed class at George Mason University. (counting Fall 10 semester, I pretty know my grades already)
If I didn't failed, I could have a 3.87.
But too late to do anything about it now...</p>

<p>My HS GPA was a 3.67, SAT scores-1980.</p>

<p>I am sure when I apply to these schools, they'll look at my failed class harshly.
Is there any way lessen the blow of the failed class on the college app? Like somehow mention it was a honest mistake, I'm not a slacking student, etc?</p>


<p>Can you retake it?</p>

<p>Why spend $50K/yr on UCLA when you have UVA? Wish my kids were in state there!</p>

<p>Does George Mason have a repeat forgiveness policy where you can re-take a class or two and the new grade will replace the old one in terms of your GPA? The F will still show up on your transcript, but your GPA will be higher.</p>

<p>I do not think mentioning that it was a hard class or that you are not a slaking student will help. The schools will have their own policy as to how they consider transfer students with an F on a transcript.</p>

<p>The fact that your GPA is a 3.55, even with the F must mean that your other grades are in the B+ to A range?</p>

<p>@ katMT and 2college2college.</p>

<p>UVA will be my first choice because of their great undergrad business program (I’m a business major).</p>

<p>Yes there is a forgiveness policy where they’ll recalculate my GPA but the F is still there. I was considering doing that but I want to transfer for Fall 11 so if I take it spring 11, I don’t think it would considered in the process(?). Because if it doesn’t count much in the application, I don’t really want to take the class again-the teacher is terrible and it was a really hard class. (stupid me)</p>

<p>Yes, all my other grades are A’s and one B. I really don’t know why I decided to take that one class…it was also an elective (Linear Algebra)</p>