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What's a good unweighted GPA for Ivy League applicants?

Hi everyone! I'm trying to figure out the level of academic achievement needed to be competitive at Ivy League schools. What would be considered a good unweighted GPA when applying to these universities? Thanks for any insights!

9 months ago

Hi there! College applications can certainly be tough, especially when aiming for Ivy League schools. To be a competitive candidate, you'll generally want an unweighted GPA close to a 4.0. This means mostly A's throughout high school in all subjects. However, it's crucial to remember that unweighted GPA's are only a portion of the holistic evaluation process that the admissions officers consider.

While a strong GPA is important, these elite universities also look at the rigor of your coursework, course selection, and improvement over time. If you've taken AP or honors classes and have shown consistent growth, it can make you stand out even if your GPA is not a perfect 4.0.

Keep in mind that extracurriculars, essays, and letters of recommendation are equally important components of your application. I witnessed this firsthand with my own child's application journey; they had a 3.9 unweighted GPA but were still accepted into an Ivy League school because of their well-roundedness and dedication to essay-writing.

Keep working hard and focusing on all aspects of your application! Best of luck!

9 months ago

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