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Is a 3.9 GPA good enough for Ivy League admission?

Hey guys! I currently have a 3.9 unweighted GPA and am aiming for Ivy League schools. I'm a little concerned because it's not a perfect 4.0. Is my GPA strong enough, or should I focus on improving my grades further? Thanks!

9 months ago

Hey there! A 3.9 unweighted GPA is undoubtedly impressive and shows that you've worked hard in your classes. It is certainly within the range of GPAs of students admitted into Ivy League schools. Keep in mind, though, that these schools usually have holistic admissions processes, so your GPA is just one part of the equation.

I would recommend focusing on maintaining your current GPA and working on other aspects of your application to make yourself stand out. For example, you could get involved in extracurricular activities, engage in community service, or take on leadership positions, in addition to showcasing your unique strengths in your essays.

My child faced a similar situation, had a 3.9 GPA, and now attends an Ivy League. What I believe made the difference was their dedication to extracurricular activities and the demonstration of leadership skills throughout high school. Schools often look for well-rounded applicants, so it's essential not to forget the impact other factors can have.

Of course, continue to challenge yourself academically with rigorous coursework like AP or IB classes where possible. But don't worry too much about not having a perfect 4.0 GPA – a 3.9 is already an excellent achievement! Good luck with your college applications!

9 months ago

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