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So, most graduate schools require you to send all transcripts from all schools ever attended. I took classes at a community college while in high school and seriously messed them up. Anyway, I'd resigned myself to sending them to all of the schools I'm applying to.

There's this one reach school I'm working on my application for which I sent this particular community college transcript to. However, I just stumbled upon a different page on their website which says you don't need to send community college transcripts. What. Shoot! I already sent them! (Why did I never see this particular page? I found it while doing some random Google search entirely unrelated to transcripts.)

I wasn't expecting to get into this school, but without those transcripts I might seriously have a chance. Is there any way to contact the school and tell them I've sent them something incorrectly? Or have I just misunderstood something and falsely boosted my silly hopes? Any advice would be appreciated!

(The school is UCLA, I'm applying to MS programs)

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I dunno, but I did a similar thing. I feel dumb about it, but in my case I think the only damage done is in showing I failed to read the instructions correctly - not something I want to draw attention to by asking them to ignore it.

 

In your situation, I would hope that they would have the sense to place much more weight on your more recent courses. If you took it in high school, they will see the dates are much longer ago. They often place little weight on first and second year courses - I can't imagine ones that you took in high school would have much influence either. I wouldn't stress too much about it.

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There's this one reach school I'm working on my application for which I sent this particular community college transcript to. However, I just stumbled upon a different page on their website which says you don't need to send community college transcripts. What. Shoot! I already sent them! (Why did I never see this particular page? I found it while doing some random Google search entirely unrelated to transcripts.)

That's kind of strange considering that somebody could easily have half of their undergraduate degree completed at a community college.

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I would not worry about it--if they really do not want people to send in community college transcripts, then they would not consider them very much if they are sent in. 

 

Also, I don't think it's strange that they do not want to see community college transcripts even if they make up half of a student's undergraduate education. Most grad schools care much more about the last 2 years than the first 2 years.

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Community college classes in high school? Are you counting them as prerequisites? Unless you are IMO it isn't an issue.

 

Here's how that conversation would go in my committee:

Professor 1: "Oh, I see Cambienta got a D- in underwater basket weaving in HS. Well his/her grades since have certainly improved."

Professor 2: "Underwater basket weaving, really? Where did you see that? I didn't even bother with the community college transcripts."

Professor 3: "Oh yeah, my daughter took that in HS. It was a crazy hard class."
Professor 4: "I took that class as an elective back in 1969. My professor was a long-haired hippie who always came to class smelling like weed. For our final he took us to the beach and we just had a drum circle."

GradSecretary thinks silently "Would you people hurry up? This has absolutely no impact on Cambienta's application and in five minutes you're going to forget that Cambienta ever took underwater basket weaving."

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I sent emails to every school I'm applying to asking about this, since I also took a couple community college classes while in high school. All but two of them (the two most competitive) did not want to see the community college transcripts.

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Community college classes in high school? Are you counting them as prerequisites? Unless you are IMO it isn't an issue.

 

Here's how that conversation would go in my committee:

Professor 1: "Oh, I see Cambienta got a D- in underwater basket weaving in HS. Well his/her grades since have certainly improved."

Professor 2: "Underwater basket weaving, really? Where did you see that? I didn't even bother with the community college transcripts."

Professor 3: "Oh yeah, my daughter took that in HS. It was a crazy hard class."

Professor 4: "I took that class as an elective back in 1969. My professor was a long-haired hippie who always came to class smelling like weed. For our final he took us to the beach and we just had a drum circle."

GradSecretary thinks silently "Would you people hurry up? This has absolutely no impact on Cambienta's application and in five minutes you're going to forget that Cambienta ever took underwater basket weaving."

 

I actually took Underwater Basket Weaving - it was offered as a zero credit course thru the recreation department -

scuba gear, swimming pool, make a basket underwater.

 

I had to convince my daughter to take it with me, it was really fun. Her basket came out looking pretty good, mine looked like it was made by a drunken wombat.

 

 

My Underwater Basket Weaving Project

my_basket.jpg

 

 

 

Elisabeth's  Underwater Basket Weaving Project

elisabeth_basket.jpg

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^^ that is awesome ^^

So, most graduate schools require you to send all transcripts from all schools ever attended. I took classes at a community college while in high school and seriously messed them up. Anyway, I'd resigned myself to sending them to all of the schools I'm applying to.

There's this one reach school I'm working on my application for which I sent this particular community college transcript to. However, I just stumbled upon a different page on their website which says you don't need to send community college transcripts. What. Shoot! I already sent them! (Why did I never see this particular page? I found it while doing some random Google search entirely unrelated to transcripts.)

I wasn't expecting to get into this school, but without those transcripts I might seriously have a chance. Is there any way to contact the school and tell them I've sent them something incorrectly? Or have I just misunderstood something and falsely boosted my silly hopes? Any advice would be appreciated!

(The school is UCLA, I'm applying to MS programs)

I would call the program director and ask if it could be removed from your file.  

 

I sent emails to every school I'm applying to asking about this, since I also took a couple community college classes while in high school. All but two of them (the two most competitive) did not want to see the community college transcripts.

I did the same.  Only one program said that it was absolutely fricking necessary and another suggested that it would be a good idea regardless of grades earned (something about showing an interest in breadth, which some adcoms really like to see).  The general consensus amongst the rest was that if the school was not listed as having been attended then the adcoms would not know to look for the transcript. 

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