Will colleges understand if you transferred high schools mid semester?

<p>I am currently a Junior in high school and the 1st semester has just ended. However, I moved across the state mid semester into a new school. As a result of this school being ahead of my other school, it took a TON of effort to catch up. I was able to do okay I'm the classes, but I know I could have done better if my living situation had been more stable. I am used to getting straight A's, (93+ is considered an A), but here are the final grades I received.</p>

<p>Honors intro to Calculus (attached to AP Calculus AB this upcoming semester)- 90</p>

<p>Honors English III- 91</p>

<p>Honors Physics I- 88</p>

<p>Honors Proficient Chorus- 100</p>

<p>I only made 1 A for my final average... in Chorus .... Do you think they will understand??? I would like to apply for NCSU and Virginia Tech Engineering, and I just hope this doesn't ruin those chances. Especially because Calc and Physics are important. I'm hoping to make up for it with Honors Chemistry and AP Calculus this semester. I just need some advice... I have a 30 ACT and have a current GPA of 3.77 UW 4.475 W, which I hope to increase to a 3.8 something UW 4.6 W by the time I apply to colleges (I have a heavily weighted difficult courseload this semester) and I am a white female (if that's important) Thanks.</p>

<p>Colleges understand that a move can mess with grades. Keep your chin up and work hard. </p>

<p>I will!</p>

<p>I have to disagree. I don’t think they ‘understand’ at all and they use the GPA that is on your transcript. You can explain it in an essay or with additional information, but it is not going to be an automatic ‘oh, I see what happened, she transferred.’</p>

<p>My daughters have attended 3 high schools, but only have 1 transcript and 1 GPA. Transferring definitely hurt them as they lost about a month of school during the transcript and had to take quarter finals within a week of coming to this school and not one teacher offered to let them have extra material or time or make up a grade. </p>

<p>Daughter #2 has been particularly affected. She was an all A student at the other schools, but didn’t take honors or AP classes as they just weren’t offered (everyone was in honors). Class rank is based on the weighted average. If based on unweighted, she’s be #41, but weighted she’s #57 because all the kids at this school took AP Human Geo as 9th graders, and then took ‘honors’ math and science while that was just the standard level at her other schools.</p>

<p>A student who transferred should have transcripts from each school sent to the college. </p>

<p>I wonder if anybody transfers in the middle of the Semester to cancel out a failing grade? Just a thought.</p>

<p>My kids just have one ‘official’ transcript to send, even though they have 3 schools. Their current school sends all the pages from the other school, but it is on one transcript. The only place that needed transcripts separately was the NCAA qualifying thing.</p>

<p>I think state universities tend to be more rigid (less flexible) than private universities about how they use GPAs and test scores etc. The state usually requires them to follow certain benchmarks, so they really don’t have a choice. On the other hand you should be able to call Virginia Tech and get a straight answer on how GPA will used. </p>

<p>I also don’t think colleges show much understanding to transfer students. My son went thru a similar situation. I am trying to understand, did you get B grades in Pre-Calculus, Physics and English and an A in Chorus in first semester junior year? </p>

<p>I got an “A” in precal which I actually took sophomore year, but I’m taking another calculus class before AP Calculus because that’s what my school requires, and that’s what I got a “B” in.</p>

<p>By the way, if you are in the top 25% of your class at the end of junior year, then with your ACT score you may qualify you for an academic/ auto admit at Texas A&M University. You need a min of 27 in Math and English:</p>

<p><a href=“http://admissions.tamu.edu/freshman/admitted”>http://admissions.tamu.edu/freshman/admitted</a></p>