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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
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I have mostly B’s, but a lot of ECs - can I still get into an Ivy?

Hey! I'm a junior who is considering applying to some Ivy League schools. I have mostly B's on my transcript but several extracurriculars, including significant leadership positions. Is it still possible for me to get into an Ivy League college with an emphasis on my activities outside of the classroom, or is my GPA too low to be considered? Thanks for your advice!

9 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're involved in various extracurricular activities and have taken up leadership roles. While Ivy League schools do value leadership and well-rounded students who excel outside the classroom, they also place great emphasis on a strong academic record.

However, don't be disappointed just yet. If you're able to increase your GPA during your senior year and show improvement, it may help your chances. Plus, spend some time highlighting your EC accomplishments in your application, including the skills and experiences you've gained from them.

Additionally, consider taking rigorous courses like AP or IB, if available, to show that you've challenged yourself academically. Demonstrating strong performance on standardized tests (SAT/ACT) can also help offset a lower GPA. Lastly, be sure to craft a compelling essay and secure strong recommendation letters to make your application stand out.

I hope this helps! Wishing you all the best in your college journey!

9 months ago

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