A little bit about my academic record: - My average in my freshman, sophomore, and junior year of high school was only 72. - My average in senior year was a 96.4. - I scored 90+ on all but 1 of my regents. - I'm currently going to Queens borough Community College and this is my first semester in college(spring 2010). I know I can manage a decent GPA here at QCC but I'm not sure how long it will be until I can properly transfer schools since this is going to be my first semester in college. My parents cover all my costs so tuition isn't a problem. I want to be in a physics, engineering, or math program when I transfer schools. To be safe I'm assuming a 3.85 GPA(although at QCC I know I can manage 3.9+) Currently I'm considering applying to the following schools: -Cooper Union(electrical/mechanical engineering) -City College -Queens College Also: I'm fine with doing some research work or minor publications because I have quite a bit of free time even on a full-time student schedule. I have well above average capabilities, but it just so happens that I've made some choices that have affected my academic career negatively. Are there any cases where a school will consider special cases like where a student may exhibit special qualities that are generally correlated with high-achievers or where a student may have recovered from depression? Anyway, I'm open to all advice guys. Like I've mentioned in previous threads, I'm ready to stay in school for a 12 years or more if needed. I've been interested in the natural sciences, particularly physics, since my childhood; I've looked enough into college level material to know physics is what I want to study.