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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
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SAT: 720 math
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Can I still get into a top college with a low freshman year GPA?

Hey everyone! So, my freshman year was a bit of a mess and my GPA suffered because of it. I've improved a lot since then, but I'm worried that my earlier grades will hold me back when applying to top colleges. Is it still possible for me to get into a prestigious school, or should I lower my expectations? Any help is appreciated!

11 months ago

Hi! It's great to hear that you've improved since your freshman year. It's true that top colleges often prefer applicants with a strong academic record, but that doesn't mean you're out of the running. Many schools take a holistic approach when reviewing applications, which means they consider factors beyond your GPA, such as extracurricular activities, essays, and letters of recommendation. If you continue to show improvement and maintain a strong GPA in your remaining years of high school, that upward trend will work in your favor. Also, make sure to focus on your passions and strengths in other areas, as this can help offset a lower GPA. While it's important to be realistic about your chances, don't let your freshman year define your entire high school experience. Keep working hard and stay positive. You never know what opportunities might come your way!

11 months ago

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