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How do college admissions view upward trends in GPA?

Hi everyone, I'm a junior and I had a rough start to high school, but my grades have been steadily improving since then. I'm wondering how college admissions officers will view this upward trend in my GPA. Will they take my improvement into account, or will my past mistakes continue to haunt me? Thanks for any insights!

11 months ago

Hi there! It's great to hear that your grades have been improving throughout your high school journey. As someone who has gone through the college admissions process with my child, I can share some insights based on our experience. College admissions officers tend to appreciate an upward trend in GPA because it shows growth and resilience, which are valuable qualities in a college student. They understand that students can have hiccups along the way, but what matters most is how they bounce back and learn from those experiences. That being said, it's important to keep in mind that admissions decisions are holistic, and your GPA is just one factor among many that they'll consider. It's also important to demonstrate your strengths through extracurricular activities, essays, and letters of recommendation. So, while your past mistakes might not be entirely forgotten, showing consistent improvement and a strong overall application can definitely help mitigate their impact. Best of luck in your college journey, and keep up the good work!

11 months ago

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