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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
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Ivy League admission chances for a student with a strong artistic background?

I have a strong background in visual arts and have won several art competitions, but my SAT score (1370) and GPA (3.7) are not stellar. Do I have a chance of being admitted to an Ivy League school, particularly for a major in art or design? Should I focus more on my portfolio than academics?

9 months ago

Congratulations on your strong artistic background and the recognition you've received through art competitions! While it's true that Ivy League schools have competitive admissions and often expect higher SAT scores and GPAs, they also value well-rounded individuals and unique talents or specializations, like the ones you have in visual arts.

Yes, focusing on building a strong portfolio is a good idea since it will showcase your artistic abilities and set you apart from other applicants. However, academics are still important, so try not to neglect them. If you have time before applications are due, consider retaking the SAT or trying the ACT to potentially increase your score. But remember, holistic admissions consider much more than just test scores and GPA.

In addition to your portfolio, make sure you have well-written essays that convey your passion for art and highlight your personal growth and experiences. Additionally, don't limit yourself to only Ivy League schools. There are many other excellent universities and art schools with strong art and design programs that you might find to be a perfect fit for you. Continue to do your research and create a balanced college list with reach, match, and safety schools that are tailored to your unique background and interests. Best of luck!

9 months ago

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