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Freshman grades
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Just how important are my grades from freshman year? Sadly, my mental health was at an all-time low during freshman year and I ended the second semester of English with a 60%. I know that this will affect how colleges view my applications but just how badly will this affect me? I'm currently a junior and I'm trying my best to make up for that grade but excelling in my current classes but I can only do so much.

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5 days ago[edited]

Hi @saharafridge,

Fortunately, your freshman grades are not nearly as important as your sophomore or junior grades. In fact, if your grades improve significantly from your freshman to your sophomore year, it will demonstrate growth, impressing admissions officers. :) Plus, it seems like that grade was the result of an extenuating circumstance. Mentioning that context in the Additional Information section or even your personal essay (if it fits) would be wise. You could also have your guidance counselor explain this in their recommendation letter.

Remember that one grade does not make or break a college application--and it certainly will not in your situation. :) Focus on what you can control: your current grades.

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5 days ago

Don't worry, your grades during freshman year aren't really important. Colleges usually care about your junior year the most. They also like to see an upward trend throughout the years, so your grades improving a lot from freshman year actually looks better for you. :)

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3 days ago

Your freshman grades arent as important as your sophomore-senior grades I don't think.

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4 days ago

Do not be worried about your freshman year grades, I had a similar situation during my sophomore year and thighs have already changed drastically since then just in the span of a semester, just keep calm and make sure to ask for help if you ever need it!

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5 days ago

It depends on the schools you’re applying to, but as long as you’re not applying to top schools as long as your grades are improving and especially good junior year you should be all set! I would just explain this issue and how you resolved it in the additional info section of the common app if you apply through the common app.

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5 days ago

Depends on the school. Some schools, like the UCs, don't even consider your freshman GPA or grades. Others consider them equally as much as they do the other years.

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