3 years ago
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How much will my grades from this year impact my college admissions?

I've had a really difficult time this year as I lost a family member, had some mental health problems, and had a hard time focusing in class. I'm more of a hands-on learner, and I learn best in situations where the teachers are made easily accessible to me. The second semester of the 2019-2020 school year was pass/fail, but this school year had letter grades. I mostly got B's, and I'll probably get a C this semester. However, most of my classes are either advanced, honors, or AP courses (these are the ones that I did the worst in). I somehow managed to get a bunch of AP/honors courses for the 2021-2022 school year, which should hopefully help my GPA. I know that I'll do much better next year because I'll be in person again.

I was just wondering how badly my circumstances will impact my college admissions and if there will be any way to possibly present myself in a better light.

Thanks so much!

I have 7 class periods, one of which consists of a free period (to do homework/give our brains a break). This year I took 1 AP course, 2 Honors courses, 1 Advanced (not weighted) course, and 2 regular courses. Next year, I have been guaranteed a seat in 3 AP courses, 2 Honors courses, and 1 regular course (PE in an extra, optional class period in the morning before the normal school schedule begins, we call it zero period). The final AP course (AP Calc AB) will be available to me after I complete Precalculus over the summer.


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3 years ago

Depending on the schools you're interested in it's probably going to impact your admission chances but potentially not too badly. I think most admissions officers will be a bit more lenient when looking at grades for students during covid just because the circumstances surrounding it are so unique. But, that doesn't mean they're just going to accept lower grades for everyone and if you're applying to schools like Harvard then the impact on your admissions will be more.

The good news is you're still taking challenging classes which should help boost your GPA up more. If you can bring your grades back in line with what you normally get or show improvement over the last year that can help you out. I'd try not to worry about it too much because getting mostly Bs is not the end of the world and shouldn't ruin your chances depending on where you are applying.

3 years ago

There's a section on college applications that allows you to provide reasons for declining academics or grades. Just mention your circumstances there. Hope it helps!

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