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Am I a Freshman or a Transfer?

Question: I've withdrawn from college during my freshman first semester. I'm taking a gap year now and thinking of reapplying to other colleges. Can I apply as a freshman?

If you have not earned any credits for the classes you took so far this fall, then you can apply as a freshman. If you HAVE earned some credits already (e.g., by starting out in a summer session or attending a college on the quarter system where the first quarter was over before you withdrew), then you have to contact your target colleges individually to ask whether you will be viewed as a freshman or transfer. Policies vary from college to college, and some will allow applicants who have accrued a minimal number of post-high-school credits to be considered prospective freshmen, if they so choose.

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