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Old 11-15-2013, 12:38 AM
 
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i went but never graduated and since i never knew what i wanted to do i ended up with a low gpa, around 2.6-2.7, suspended for not completing a sufficient percent of classwork, etc.

what are the pros/cons to starting over and pretending im a new freshman?

can i even do that?

thanks.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:10 AM
 
Location: RI, MA, VT, WI, IL, CA, IN (that one sucked), KY
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Sure. Start at a new school, don't try to transfer any credits (you might not have any that are transferable).
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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Can definitely be done. My best friend from college suffered clinical depression, and as a result, ended up tanking in the vast majority of his classes, taking incompletes in even the ones where he was doing well, because he just stopped going to class at various points. He was on academic probation numerous times and finally had to withdraw. Once he got his mental health attended to, he re-enrolled at another college (had been on academic probation so much at our school that it was no longer an option nor desire).

The other school did require some proof of his ability for academic success, since very few of his credits were completed and transferrable, so he had to do a couple of community college semesters first with good grades, no incompletes or course withdrawals to show he wad capable. He also had to go from a private college with an very good academic reputation and highly selective enrollment to a large state university with open enrollment and a less outstanding academic rep, but they had a decent rep as an instrumental music school, which was his thing, anyway.

It did take him a super long time to finish getting his degree, because he had essentially nothing to show for his first three years of school other than a pile of incompletes. Then he spent some time in mental health counseling to get to the root of his depression and anxiety, which was what was derailing him. Then, he had to spend two semesters in community college and a few months establishing residency in the state of the school he was transferring into, so he could pay in-state tuition. He finished his undergrad degree when he was 26, because he basically started from scratch after leaving his first school at age 21.

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Old 11-15-2013, 06:39 AM
 
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What do you mean by "start over." If you want to go back to school, go back to school. As noted above, depending on the circumstances and the length of time that has elapsed, they may start you off on a provisonal basis and/or make you take some remedial classes but there is no reason you can't go back to school. Why do you need to "pretend to be a freshman?"
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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People "start over" all the time, however, you will have to provide transcripts from everywhere you've ever attended. And don't think the university will not find out about your past colleges. Trust me, I have worked in an admissions office and they have their ways of knowing, especially if you are seeking financial aid. You cannot just ignore it.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:47 AM
 
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You'd be essentially starting over if you had few completed or transferrable credits. That may or may not be the case with the OP, not sure. OP, you'll "start over" at whatever level you have the credits for.

The other posters are correct on the provisional basis caveat (which, in the case of my aforementioned friend, included the condition of requiring him to show proof of academic success at a community college prior to enrolling, since he'd shown little at his previous college). And they definitely require prior transcripts.

But people DO "start over;" sometimes, there are extenuating circumstances, sometimes a student just isn't ready for the collegiate workload, sometimes they chose a school that was a poor fit, etc.

Another of my friends "started over" because her father died suddenly when she was about to start her sophomore year, and that kind of derailed her for a while. It took a long time to get back on track. Life happens.
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Paradise
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At 18 years old, tried going to college and ended up washing out. I ended up with some bad grades that followed me around. I went back about 10 years later and was able to do much better. I started with one class the first semester just to test the waters. I was able to get an A, after being pretty much a failure at 18, because I'd finally started to mature and for the first time and I wanted academic success. Eventually, I worked my way up to a masters degree.

You can retake classes, do well and they will replace the poor grade that you received before.
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:57 AM
 
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Sure. Start at a new school, don't try to transfer any credits (you might not have any that are transferable).

What they said...
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Jamestown, NY
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i went but never graduated and since i never knew what i wanted to do i ended up with a low gpa, around 2.6-2.7, suspended for not completing a sufficient percent of classwork, etc.

what are the pros/cons to starting over and pretending im a new freshman?

can i even do that?

thanks.
As others have said, yes you can start over, and many students do for a wide variety of reasons, including that they were foolish, immature, and/or not ready to be on their own the first time around.

A gpa of 2.6-2.7 is NOT low for a student returning to school after messing up the first time. Many students who want to "start over" have gpa < 2.0 and some < 1.5. My suggestion is to talk to admissions counselor(s) at the school(s) you are interested in. Bring along your last transcript (or get one) so they have an idea of what credits you could transfer in. You definitely want to transfer in as many credits as you can because that will save you $$$.

Generally, any course that is a 100 level or higher in which you got a C or higher should transfer in at least as an elective. Some selective schools may only accept Bs or better, and many programs will only accept As or Bs in your major for transfer credit.

Good luck ... and welcome back.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:10 AM
 
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when i mean start over i mean pretend i never went to school to begin with and not bring any of the transcripts along with me.

i have also heard of something called academic renewal or academic bankruptcy, if more of you could opine on that, which i would be eligible for since ive been away from the school for 4 years. from what i read, they basically clear the transcript and you start over.
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