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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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Can a 3.0 high school GPA still get me into a good college?

Hey peers, feeling a little bit stressed but hoping for some positive news. Will colleges dismiss my application off the bat with a 3.0 GPA, or do they consider other parts of my app, like essays and extracurriculars, just as heavily?

7 months ago

A 3.0 GPA does not automatically disqualify you from being admitted to good colleges. While it's true that GPA is a significant aspect of your application, colleges also look at the rigor of your courses, improvement over time, and the context of your GPA within your school.

They also consider essays and extracurriculars. A compelling essay can give depth to your application and help admissions officers understand your unique story and strengths. Additionally, your extracurriculars can showcase your passions and commitment.

Schools are interested in students who contribute to their campus community in diverse ways. For instance, if you've excelled in music, sports, community service, or other activities, these achievements can help balance out a lower GPA.

Also, remember that each college has a different level of competitiveness—many solid schools admit students with a range of GPAs. It’s about finding schools that are a good match for your profile. As you prepare your applications, focus on drafting strong essays, securing good letters of recommendation, and potentially explaining any circumstances that might have contributed to your GPA, if relevant. Keep an optimistic outlook and ensure each part of your application reflects your best efforts!

7 months ago

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