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How can I explain a low freshman year GPA on my college app?

Hi all, my GPA freshman year was pretty low but has steadily increased since. I want to address this in my college application, but I'm not sure how. Any suggestions for explaining my improved performance? Thanks!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great to hear that your GPA has improved since your freshman year. It's important to acknowledge and explain your academic growth in your college applications. One way to address this is to use the 'Additional Information' section on the Common App or any equivalent space on other applications.

You could briefly discuss any factors that contributed to your low GPA freshman year, like personal challenges or a difficult transition to high school. Then, explain how you overcame these obstacles and what steps you took to improve. Be sure to highlight your dedication, resilience, and any key lessons you learned along the way.

Remember, many colleges appreciate students who show an upward trend in their academic performance.

Best of luck with your applications!

9 months ago

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