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Do I need to explain a low GPA in my college application?

Hi all! I'm a junior, and my GPA isn't as high as I'd like it to be. I've faced some personal challenges that have affected my grades, and I'm wondering if I should explain this in my college application. Is it necessary to address a low GPA, or should I focus on other aspects of my application? Thanks for any advice!

9 months ago

Hey there! I completely understand how you might be concerned about your GPA. In my experience with my own child, it's important to be honest in your college applications. If you've faced personal challenges that have affected your grades, it's a good idea to explain them briefly in your application. Many colleges appreciate when applicants are open about their circumstances, as it helps them better understand the context of your academic performance. However, don't dwell too much on it; focus on highlighting your strengths and other aspects of your application that showcase your potential. Remember, many colleges take a holistic approach when evaluating applicants, so GPA is just one of the factors they consider. Best of luck with your college applications!

9 months ago

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