Post # 1
I got a letter in the mail yesterday saying that I’m on academic probation. Last semester was my first semester back at the 4 year college that I attend after spending two years at a community college.
I transferred here with a 3.1 GPA and have maintained nothing less than a 3.0 GPA since I started college. I took Calculus in a 4 week mini term, it slaughtered me and I made an F. A few semesters ago, I failed a Chemistry class and my GPA dropped from a 3.8 to a 3.1 so I was a bit confused as to how my GPA would have dropped below a 2.0.
When I went to talk to my adviser she told me that my college was only counting the one class that I took and that’s why I was on academic probation. Now, I’m stressing out about it because it’s a black mark on my record and I’m a bit of an overachiever.
Is this common practice at other universities as well? To disregard the GPA you transferred with and only count the class you take at the college you’re currently attending? Will it affect me when I apply for my PhD program?
I’ve asked my adviser and she’s told me that it’s fine and I can bring it up, but I don’t want it to reflect badly on me when it comes time to apply to a good school.
Post # 3
That’s correct, your weighted GPA is based on your grades at your current institution. Most schools don’t cound grades from former schools if they are community college; you just get credit for the hours completed.
Post # 4
It’s called probation for a reason; it is temporary and you can overcome it. They are telling you that if you continue to do poorly, you’re out. But the important thing is that you’re not yet.
Where I went to college, this was customary. For academic honors or probation, they only counted the courses you took there instead of also evaluating transfer credits.
Don’t panic; you are going to be fine. Just bust your butt and don’t let it happen again!
Post # 5
I went to UT Austin (which is one of the hardest schools in Texas) from freshman year, and my Fiance transferred in during his sophmore year. He didn’t get to transfer his GPA, which was from a different UT school (San Antonio) and that really upset him. I actually was just explaining to Future Mother-In-Law this weekend that I agree with it (she is still upset about it) because since UT Austin is so much harder, those of us who go there from the beginning don’t have a “buffer” GPA from an easier school to boost our GPA (FI said that during his freshman year at UTSA he would go out rather than study and still made A’s, where as my freshman year at UT Austin caused me to drop a class and cry all the time because it was so hard)
soooo yes, I think it is somewhat the norm for Universities to do this, because otherwise it can cause an unfair advantage to people that transfer in.
Post # 6
I wasn’t sure. I’ve never been on academic probation before so it didn’t make sense to me at first, so thank you for explaining it to me.
I’d been panicking about it all day. And I NEVER intend to let my GPA get that low again. I was upset with my 3.1!
Post # 7
@SouthernGirl: The upside is, because you only have a few classes in that GPA, it won’t take as many classes to bring it up. Work really hard to try to get A’s your next semester and your GPA should go up a lot (rather than if you already had 60 hours and a low GPA, a 3 hour class wouldn’t make as big a difference)
Post # 8
@MrsNerdy: My Chemistry class wasn’t taken here, so it’s not in that GPA. Thankfully only the one Calculus class was. I registered for some classes that I needed and I got in a GPA booster as well. Hopefully it will be rather easy and I can bring it up quickly.
Post # 9
That’s definitely the case that they only count your GPA at your current school. I had a 4.0 at community college and only made one B after transferring, but it counted double what it should’ve because only my last two years counted in my gpa.
You should be fine if you can make great grades from now on. You might also consider retaking the same Calculus course so it shows on your transcript you conquered it the next time. Do keep in mind that most colleges have a withdraw date that’s about halfway through the semester, and if you know you’re failing by that time, you should definitely withdraw. It’s better to have a withdraw than a failing grade in your GPA (as long as you don’t do it too many times.)