What are my options as a student with a low gpa wanted to attend a university in Georgia?

I am a sophomore and my I wanted to transfer from my current university, Illinois State University for my junior year. I am a public relations major/ communications and I stayed in Georgia for the summer and that’s how I got interested in going to college in Georgia. My current university is in a a college town in central Illinois surrounded by corn fields. I’m starting to get bored of my university and being in Illinois like I have been for my whole life. Now my problem is my freshman year of college did not go well. I ended up with a 1.7 GPA after repeating classes multiple times and taking summer classes. I thought I was prepared to be in college but I wounded up dealing with extreme depression because of a abusive and toxic relationship that took a lot of courage to get out of. Now my first semester of my sophomore year I’m going to be ending with a 2.2 or 2.3 gpa. I made 2 As and 2 Bs and a D in a class with a professor tat is known for being a terrible professor but the university will not do anything about her. I don’t know what good universities I can go to in Georgia with my terrible record. I am a smart person who’s just had a tough 2 years. I really liked Georgia Tech and Emory but those are not going to be options. What options does someone like me have? I am a Communications/ Public Relations major. I feel so bad about myself because of my gpa in college. I feel like I won’t be able to transfer because of my academic record.

First, look at finances: your parents live in Illinois, therefore you’ll have to pay an out of state surcharge for the years you’d study there.
What can your parents afford out of pocket (from income and savings)?
How much are you currently paying?
Second, any class where you got a D or F will not transfer and college requirements vary greatly, so, you’d certainly lose a lot if credits.
You’d have to start in community college, at Georgia Perimeter for instance, and from there you’d have a shot at establishing a better GPA (your earlier GPA would not be used for your ultimate transfer) and then Aim for Georgia State (perhaps UGA if you can maintain a 3.3+ GPA).
Right now, you cannot transfer to a 4-year university.

@MYOS1634 I’m gonna end this school year with a 2.5 or 2.6, Georgia State’s GPA requirement for transfer is a 2.5. My mom is moving to Georgia this summer and I was thinking of going with her and taking a year of to do everything I need to do to establish residency. And apply to the university. Does this sound like a reasonable plan? Also I retook any class that I got a D or F in except one class and at my university that replaces the bad grade you got previously.

Yes that works. Establish residency by working a year (you can even take one cc class to keep in mental shape) and plan to apply to several universities since a 2.5-2.6 limits the programs you’re eligible for (some majors want more than the minimum). Perhaps Georgia State would be ok. It’s in Atlanta.