3 years ago
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Is it possible to get rejected from all the colleges you applied to?

I'm a rising senior my gpa is 3.2, SAT is 810, and I've done an average amount of extracurriculars but a few have more qualitative data than others that are really significant. I know it could be extremely bizarre to ask this, but what does one do when their rejected from all the colleges they've applied to, and is that even possible. It's one of my worst nightmares.


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3 years ago[edited]

Well, Victorious I have some good news. I know for sure that if you Apply to ASU you will get accepted with a 3.2 GPA and no other requirements. I've also listed a couple more schools that have automatic acceptance but you will need to get your SAT to score up to 1170 for the University of Kansas and about a 1050 for the University of Missouri.

As much as a pain as it sounds use the time you have this summer to work on your SAT otherwise you might only have 1 or 2 admissions by next Spring. I found that a free subscription to Khan Academy helps quite a bit. And there is always a paid subscription to SuperTutorTV and if you really try hard you should be able to get it up to 1170. But you have to work on it every day for a couple of hours.

Arizona State University

One of the few schools that also offers guaranteed admission to non-residents, Arizona State only needs you to meet ONE of the following requirements:

Place in the top 25% in high school graduating class

Earn 3.0 unweighted GPA in competency courses

Earn an ACT score of 22 (24 for nonresidents)

Earn an SAT of 1120 (1180 for nonresidents)

While earning a guaranteed acceptance from ASU is slightly more difficult from out-of-state, becoming a Sun Devil is a fairly straightforward process. It is also important to note that this criteria only applies for general admission to the university and that some programs have more stringent requirements. For example, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering require a minimum SAT of 1210.

University of Kansas

The home of the beloved Jayhawk Nation has as straightforward of an admissions process as one could hope for, and it doesn’t matter whether you hail from Kansas, Kentucky, or Kalamazoo, Michigan. If you sport a 21 ACT/1060 SAT and a 3.25 GPA or a 24 ACT/1160 SAT and a 3.0 GPA, you can purchase your tickets for Allen Fieldhouse in advance.

University of Missouri

The school affectionately referred to as “Mizzou” has a fairly extensive chart designed to tell you if you qualify for admission; if you don’t, you’ll still receive a full review, but there are no guarantees. Candidates from high schools that have class rank are judged on a combination of their rank and their SAT/ACT scores. For candidates graduating from high schools that do not rank, GPA is used as a substitute. To give you a rough idea of what type of credentials you would need to earn an acceptance, someone with an 1160 SAT would only need a 2.0 GPA but an individual with a 950 SAT would need a 3.65 GPA.

Good luck

3 years ago

So it’s definitely possible but if you craft your school list properly you will easily be able to get into a school. Some schools like NDSt UTSA among others have what’s called open admission where assuming you don’t have a failing GPA(you dont) you’re admitted if you pay the app fee. Some other schools garuntee admission to students with a set metric. Look at Iowa’s Regents Admission Index or Kansas States requirements of 3.25 GPA or 21 SAT. And there are many many other schools. Aditionally some states have programs that garuntee admission to a state school if you graduate with a certain metric. Supertutor had a video about that a week ago on YT. However if you solely apply to reach schools like let’s say Washington UCI UT Austin UW Madison UF UVA and Rutgers you may be not admitted anywhere that’s why crafting a list is critical.

However something you could do if you are somehow rejected everywhere is essentially take what’s called a gap year where you usally either take a job or do additional school or apply to a nearby community college and then apply to 4 year schools next cycle either as a transfer or freshman. In your case a job and improving SAT would probably be your best bet.

3 years ago

It is definitely possible, schools will accept you if you meet what they are looking for in a student. I would use College Vine to find safety schools and apply to those. This will almost guarantee you a spot a college if you apply to safety schools. Don’t worry too much, but also make sure you apply to some schools that you know you’re going to get into (safety), some you think you have a chance (target), and a couple that would be unlikely (reach).

3 years ago

It is, however if you've applied to colleges that match your work ethic and that feel right to you, it shouldn't be an issue. If you're concerned about it, I would reach out to a school counselor or admissions counselor for a particular school you're interested in and ask about what you can do for that specific school to increase your chances of getting an acceptance. Good luck :)

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