6 months ago
Harvard prospective students

Unweighted GPA is 3.8, international student, all IB school. Can I still get into Harvard?

I'm an international student in Australia from an Asian country (meaning I'm studying internationally right now in Australia).

I graduate this year. I take all IB courses, with a unweighted GPA of around 3.8 (weighted 4.58).

Haven't and most likely won't take SAT or tests like that. Have a variety of extracurriculars (requirement of IB).

Is it possible for me to get into Harvard? How much does Harvard values all IBD students? No honors, AP or things like that?

I'm completely new to this system, so I thought I should ask people's thoughts.

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6 months ago

Short answer: yes, you can still get in.

Longer answer: You'll be judged based on the context of what was available to you so not having honors or AP classes isn't going to be too big of a deal. IB diploma students are actually accepted at a slightly higher rate than non-IB students so you have that going in your favor. Your UWGPA is a bit on the low side for Harvard but your weighted is solid - I wouldn't worry about the UWGPA too much since it's still strong enough where your application will be considered.

If you think you can do well on it it's probably worth taking the SAT at least once to see how it goes. If you don't do well just don't submit a score but your chances will probably be better if you can do well + submit a score. The rest will come down to how strong your ECs are and how well you write your essays.


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