a month ago
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How much does a second language mark matter for STEM related career?

So, I am currently a junior who has hopes of attending a high tier American university, my top two choices being Cornell University or CMU for Information Science/Computer Science. My grades are ok, I had a pretty good sophomore year, but I did have a couple Bs in freshman year in Theatre, English and French. My problem lies with French (which I am taking at the SL IB level), as I am currently at a 3/7 on the IB scale but hope to bump it up to a 4/7 before the semester ends. This mark is much lower compared to my other IB subjects such as English, Business, Chem and Physics, so I was wondering how significantly would my second language mark impact my chances for these universities?

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a month ago

I'm not an IB student, but from my knowledge, they don't care THAT much. Sure, your GPA is important, and a 3/7 is not ideal, but they won't disqualify you for having it. It's just like having a 3.7 instead of a 3.8 GPA--sure, it's a bit worse and would be nice to improve, but it's not the end of the world. Plus, your multiple B's make me think that a 3/7 wouldn't stand out (not like it's a D). Also, it's even less relevant because you're going into STEM, although since I assume you're an international student, the bar is extremely high as they only accept the very tippy-top of students.

I hope that helps, and good luck!


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