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Applying early decision with a low GPA, is it worth it?

Hey everyone, I'm considering applying early decision to my dream school (Brown University), but my GPA isn't that competitive (currently a 3.4). However, I have strong extracurriculars and a high SAT score. Is it worth trying for early decision with my GPA, or am I better off applying during the regular decision round to have more time to bring up my GPA? Thanks for your input!

9 months ago

Hi there! I understand your concern about your GPA. While it's true that Brown is competitive and students with higher GPAs may have an advantage, other parts of your application, like your strong extracurriculars and high SAT score, can help balance things out.

Early decision can be advantageous for some students, because it demonstrates a strong commitment to attending that particular school. In fact, my own child went through the same process and ultimately decided to apply early decision despite having a slightly lower GPA than the average applicant.

Regarding your concern about whether to wait for the regular decision round to bring up your GPA, it's important to know that, depending on your application deadline, your first-semester senior year grades may not be considered in the early decision round. Nonetheless, improving your GPA should still be a priority – even during the regular decision round.

Ultimately, the choice is yours. You should carefully consider the pros and cons of applying early decision and decide what's best for you. Remember, even if you apply early decision and are not accepted, you can still apply in the regular decision round. Good luck!

9 months ago

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