Leaving previous college experience off of resume


<p>I attended a university for 4 years and did not graduate due to two reasons. The first being that I was a lazy student and my GPA was probably like 1.0-2.0. The second reason being that I moved to America (I lived in Australia).</p>

<p>I have since reapplied and am currently completing a Bachelors. I learnt my lesson from last time and have put a lot of effort into my studies this time and have a 3.8 GPA, with a year to go.</p>

<p>My question is, when I eventually apply for a graduate program, how should I tackle this situation of my wasted time at University in Australia. I was considering just leaving it off of my resume altogether. After all, any place I apply to would not be able to find out that I had spent years at a university in Australia without getting a degree.</p>

<p>Would this be a good idea, or should I put it on my resume and mention something about it in an attached letter?</p>

<p>Any advice would be appreciated.</p>

<p>That you are asking this shows that you know that you have to include this institution in any report of your academic history. If you did not provide a copy of your transcript when you applied to your current college/university, the time to come clean about it is yesterday. They need to have this information in your file. Period.</p>

<p>When you do apply to graduate school one day, you will need to send official copies of all of your transcripts, good new ones and bad old ones. Period. The good new one is much more important than the bad old one. Do not expend energy worrying about it. Many of us were young and stupid when we were, well, young and stupid. My undergrad transcript is pretty hideous too. </p>

<p>When you include that old university in a resume you can word it like this: University Y, 20XX to 20XZ, undergraduate coursework in ABC. You don't need to put a GPA unless there is a specific requirement that you do so.</p>

<p>Wishing you all the best!</p>