I failed calculus due to personal issues at the very end of the course although I was doing fine in it, would have gotten an A. I have also withdrawn from a 2 other courses at my current institution. I am very near the beginning of my potential Physics degree and plan to CLEP out of Calculus I so I can move onto Calc II. I will probably also CLEP out of one of the classes I have withdrawn from...wish I had known about CLEP sooner :/ Anyway, If I do well in the rest of my courses. Supposing I get roughly a 3.6-3.8 GPA do I stand a chance of going to grad school? I am 22 going on 23 now and I also went to another institution before, doing rather poorly however none of the courses were related to a BS in Physics. Will grad schools need to see those records as well? If I am dedicated and improve my academic demeanor to where I do very well; will I constantly have to write up and "excuse" paragraph in every applications for REU, Grad school or whatever else to, ameliorate the situation or will a sufficiently good the remainder of my course work speak for itself? I have roughly 3/5ths of my schooling and as I transferred with a starting GPA of 4.0 after I clep out of Calculus.