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Can We Hide Past College Failures from Admissions Committees?

Question: My child graduated in 2007 and signed up for some courses at a junior college. Due to some personal issues with a disabled parent, she never started the classes nor dropped them. The college she's interested in now says she needs to take some courses this year at the JC and so all the previous courses she had signed up for will be included in that average, which will make it next to impossible to get her GPA to where it is required for a transfer student. I know it isn't being honest, but how would the college know if we didn't provide a college transcript to them and attempted to enroll her as a freshman? I'm asking because I really don't want to ruin her chances for ever getting in.

"The Dean" often receives questions like this one from students (or parents) who want to make a clean start after some previous college debacle. My answer is always the same. Don't do it! Tempting as it will be, your daughter should NOT hide her past failures. . She can get in big trouble with this approach. All applications ask if your daughter has ever attended college elsewhere, and if she denies it and is caught--even a few years later, after she's enrolled and done well--she could face expulsion.

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