katiebeth Posted February 6, 2010 Share Posted February 6, 2010 Let's say I have a blemish on my college record--for instance the fact that I took medical withdrawals my first semester and started fresh a year later at a new school. At my current school (a tier 1 research university), I have done extremely well and am planning to complete an honor's thesis this summer. My lab advisor (someone who picks her own graduate students) said she believes I have a very strong application, but she doesn't know about that first semester, and I'm concerned it will reflect poorly on me. I can very clearly explain why those withdrawals happened, and I think the reasons are good. Do I need to send graduate schools the transcripts from my first school? Should I attempt to explain the circumstances around those withdrawals in my SOP, a separate letter, or only explain if asked? Thanks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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