Preparing for College

Will Poor High School Grades Hurt Community College Transfer Candidate?

Question: My high school grades were awful. I am now 25 and am currently a sophomore at a community college with a GPA of 3.71. I plan on earning an Associate's Degree by May of next year and would like to know how important my high school GPA will be when transferring to a four-year university.

I have some good (but maybe surprising) news for you: Your lousy high school grades won't hurt you when you apply to transfer. In fact, in a roundabout way, they may even help you (!) You see, when admissions committees compare your poor high school performance with your community college success, the results will clearly proclaim that you're now focused and mature and ready to tackle a four-year school. When it comes time to write your application essays, you will probably be wise to mention this obvious growth and explain how it came about.


So, don't sweat the high school grades, just keep up the good work you're doing now.