ChriJoll wrote:Naturally my credits transferred but the grades did not. A couple classes that I got some bad grades in I retook at my new university. When I apply to graduate school I'm expecting to be require to include both transcripts.
Why do you expect to have to include both transcripts? (Does anyone else here know if he will really need to?) I forget what the exact wording was on my applications regarding transcripts. But I remember I technically took college classes in high school (AP) and got college credits for that, but nobody asked to see what scores I got on the AP tests.
As an example, here's what Princeton's website says about transcripts:
One transcript from every college or university from which you have earned, or expect to earn, a degree must be uploaded with your electronic application in the space provided.
So since you didn't get a degree from that HS/college hybrid program, you probably wouldn't need to send those records. Similar rules may apply to other schools.
Furthermore, if you do not use any of those old HS courses towards graduation at your real undergrad school, then you shouldn't need to include those records for any application, (even if they demand "all transcripts from all for year colleges attended" because the hybrid program was not a real college.) Since you've already retaken all the classes you got bad grades in, maybe you can retake the rest and completely purge all the past credits off your record. Or if you do use some of those credits, maybe they'd only need to see the grades of the ones you actually used for graduation (not your entire HS transcript)... and you could selectively pick them out.
As for whether it would hurt your chances if you had to send the records: Grades in serious major courses like quantum, E&M etc are much more important than freshman physics and core crap (which is probably the stuff you were transferring in). Also, recent years are much more important than early years. If I were you, I'd try to avoid having to include those records if you can. But I really don't think it would kill you if you have good research experience, GRE scores and high grades for the rest of your time before you apply. There are plenty of stories of users on this forum who flopped around aimlessly for a few years with "issues" and then got inspired, or dropped out or started working in fields other than physics and came back after 10+ years out of school, or started at a community college etc... and successfully went on to grad school in physics.