2 years ago
Harvard prospective students

Will getting a B make it harder to get into a top 10 school?

I am a sophomore and have gotten a B in both semesters of AP Calc BC. My GPA weighted is about 4.7. I got a 1550 SAT, and I started a clothing line (a couple thousand in sales), charity initiative (a little over 100 members), will be on Varsity tennis all four years, have won a few writing contests, and am currently working on a short book. There is more but that is the strongest few. I think I am a really strong applicant but when I look at the chances of getting into a school like Harvard it makes me so discouraged because I feel like its impossible no matter how hard I work, so getting a B this year really felt like a purge of the last bit of hope in me. (Side Note: I have been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and anxiety, should I mention this in my essays or hide it)

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2 years ago

With so many strengths to your application, a B in one of the most challenging APs will not harm your application! So long as your weighted and unweighted GPA remain high, you will be fine. Your high SAT score will demonstrate your proficiency in math, and in any case, you have your whole junior year and half of your senior year to drown out your B with As.

Also remember that college admissions is holistic, so it's not entirely based on your grades. Extracurriculars, essays, background, letters of recommendation, and more are all just as important. Hope this helps!

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2 years ago

I think you're doing really good right now. A B in AP Calc BC is not really a big deal and it's kind of impressive considering you're taking a college-level course in 10th grade! Your SAT score is also really high so you don't have to worry about that. I think you are a strong applicant and your extracurricular activities are really good too. I think you should mention your schizoaffective disorder and anxiety in your essay because it will help you stand out. Maybe you could talk about how that has affected your life. Overall, you are doing very well. Good luck!

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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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