3 years ago

will a 3.95 uw gpa hurt my chances in getting into schools?

My 4.0 dropped recently due to a B I received in my college level physics course (bc of health issues that distracted me sadly). I've taken primarily all APs or college courses, with a few honors courses, so my weighted gpa is high. But how will this 3.95 unweighted gpa affect my chances in a) getting into any college in general and b) getting into top schools?

thank you !

@ThatOnePolyglot3 years ago

Hey @junior2023! If you're worried about this portion of your academics, you can always explain it in your "Additional Information" section. Just know that's it's not always advisable if your grades drop from an A to a B, because it may seem like you are obsessed with your grades. You are still a competitive applicant, just keep those grades strong and make sure other your other areas are as strong.

@kalyl317 months ago [edited]

For top schools, while a 3.95 GPA is strong, these institutions often have highly competitive admissions processes. Top schools typically consider a holistic view of applicants, including their academic achievements, extracurricular involvement, leadership, essays, and letters of recommendation. It's crucial to showcase your strengths in these areas to enhance your overall application. geometry dash 3d

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3 years ago

Concurring with the other answers here, maintaining a 3.95 unweighted GPA while taking such a rigorous course load is exceptional! Your unweighted and weighted GPAs will make you a highly competitive applicant to top schools in terms of academics. However, it is important to remember that good grades are far from the only thing that colleges value. You should make sure to highlight the other aspects of your candidacy to show that you care about more than academics alone. Writing creative essays that show personality and interests outside the classroom will be particularly beneficial. Hope this helps!

3 years ago

I'm no expert but a 3.95 unweighted GPA is literally amazing and the fact that you got a B in a college-level physics class is also amazing. A 3.95 along with good extracurriculars, letters of rec, and essays with get you into most schools. For top schools your GPA is great but you need to be an exemplary student outside of just academics.

3 years ago

Top colleges will look at both your UWGPA and your course rigor and intellectual vitality/curiosity all together. Therefore your UWGPA is only 1 component of the academic score that assess you with.

You can have a 4.0 UWGPA, perfect grades, but if you don't challenge yourself with the most rigorous coursework available to you and don't take and initiative to learn outside of the classroom on your own projects, research or add'l coursework, you will not be a very competitive applicant. However if you load your plate with APs/IBs and college courses, you might be seen as a prime candidate even with a 3.8.

It's about the sum of the parts rather than a numerical threshold number. This why if you dig deep, most of the admits at top schools get in with lower than 4.0 GPAs.

Good luck.

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