So just to keep it short, I did horribly my first go at college. Didn't want to be there, had better things to do in my mind at the time. etc. 9 years later. I graduate cum laude with 2 years of research and first author on a published paper. So I'm filling out my apps and slowly feeling my past catch up with me as I see my nice GPA drop as I add the D's and F's from my old school. Now my total is sitting at a 2.9. My question is this. Will most schools automatically look at your total GPA and ignore you if it's too low or will they primarily look at your graduating GPA from your graduating institution. In other words will they be looking at what you entered or your actual transcripts primarily. Also would the stark contrast between my old scores and my new scores be taken into account or will it just look bad no matter what?