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If you transfer schools does your GPA get reset?

  1. Oct 12, 2007 #1
    Hello everyone...

    I'm transferring from Penn State to NC State and I currently have 92.5 credits, 85.5 of the credits transfered and I had a 3.64 at Penn State, and now it says I have a 3.68 because a few of the credits that didn't transfer must have highered my gpa.

    But one of my friends at NC state said your GPA is whatever you get your first semester at your new school (in my case NC State) is this true?

    Anyone have experience with this?

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  3. Oct 12, 2007 #2


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    Schools are businesses. They have their own policies regarding the credits they will accept from other schools and how they will evaluate them, and they use those policies to optimize profit. Schools are businesses. I don't want to be pedantic about this, but SCHOOLS ARE BUSINESSES. Sorry for the all-caps, but you've got to understand this when you contemplate transfers.:smile:
  4. Oct 12, 2007 #3
    contact the school.
  5. Oct 12, 2007 #4


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    I transfered from University of Regina to McGill after my freshman year. I got credits for most of the courses I did, but my grades did not carry over (GPA was 'reset'). However, it probably depends school by school.
  6. Oct 12, 2007 #5


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    When I transferred, I got credit toward my degree for the course work taken (passed with sufficient grades).... however, my none of those grades contributed to my GPA at the new school. Of course, when applying to grad school, I submitted both transcripts...each with GPAs [as well as number of credits earned] computed from courses taken at the corresponding institutions.
  7. Oct 12, 2007 #6
    Depends on individual school. Check with the school that YOU ARE TRANSFORING TO.
  8. Oct 12, 2007 #7
    Yes, there is virtually no point in asking this here, since it will depend on the school.
  9. Oct 13, 2007 #8


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    That's the policy where I teach, also. We accept credit hours for courses taken elsewhere, subject to various restrictions, but we don't include those courses in our GPA.
  10. Oct 13, 2007 #9


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    A few minutes' of browsing through the NCSU Web site looking for "academic regulations" led me to this page:

    http://www.ncsu.edu/policies/academic_affairs/enrollment/admissions/REG02.10.3.php [Broken]

    which states:

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  11. Oct 13, 2007 #10
    ahh thanks guys for the help!
  12. Oct 19, 2007 #11
    So it turns out, I'm not going to transfer!

    I found out that It would take 6 semesters to graduate from NC State's Computer Science Degree from the credits that transfered. Its insane.

    I had 95.2 credits, 85.2 transfered, sounds pretty good right? False!

    It seems that Penn State's Comp Sci Degree is closer match to NC State's computer engineering degree not their Comp Sci.

    They also would have made me taken calc 3 all over again and linear algebra! F that.

    So I'm just going to deal with the suck of Penn State for 3 more semesters starting in the Spring, then work for IBM in the summer again, then only 2 more semesters and I'm graduated! weee.
  13. Oct 19, 2007 #12


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    Some schools allow you to repeat a course and substitute the new grade for the old. Contact your advisor for details.
  14. Oct 19, 2007 #13
    After transferring, this is just not possible. Your new institution can't overwrite the contents of another institution's transcripts. However, if they include your old grades in computing your GPA (seems very uncommon) then they may allow you to "overwrite" it for purposes of their GPA computation. Even at the same school, there are usually a list of conditions for doing this...usually you have to have failed the class the first time - which makes C grades particularly annoying.
  15. Oct 20, 2007 #14
    I don't want to repeat anything, my main goal was to take my core computer science courses at NC State because they are very good but in the end the transfering of credits from PA to NC was just to different.

    I could take exams to prove my knowledge but I don't feel like taking calc 3/linear algebra/Quatum Physics I don't even know if I remember anything from those courses. I mean if you give me a problem, I can refresh myself on the topic and solve it but I don't know about you guys, I can't just recall everything even if I did take a course on it and got an A.

    I'm glad this happened actually, I can stop beating around the bush and finally graduate!

    I'll get more experience working on the job anyways than I would by going to college for 6 more semesters.
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