2 years ago
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Am I able to bump my GPA up with only 2 years left?

I’m currently a junior in high school with a 3.8 GPA. Since I didn’t do as well as I’d like to in my sophomore year or freshmen year, and I’ve been getting all As in my junior year, is it possible to bump it up to a 3.9 or 4.0? I am currently taking weighted classes and plan to take weighted classes in my senior year.

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2 years ago[edited]

This is simple math problem and I'm going to set it up for all the 9th, 10th, 11th graders as well.

If you are a junior in 2/23/22, you have 5 out 8 total semesters of grades. But remember that about 1/3 of seniors apply early, so they will only have 6 out of 8 grade periods available on their transcript. The other 2/3rd of seniors apply RD will have 7 out 8 grade periods.

You can't ever get a 4.0 because it's mathematically impossible even if you went to HS for another 99 years. If you want a 3.9 you will need a total of (3.9X6)=23.4 for applying ED, and (3.9X7)= 27.3 if you are applying RD.

Since you have (3.8X5)=19.0 points that means you would need a UWGPA of 4.4 if you are applying ED or 4.15 if you are applying RD. Since neither of these are possible, lets figure out the theoretical max GPA you can get before you apply ED or RD.

ED GPA max = 19.0 + 4.0 = 23.0, the most you can get is 23/6 = 3.83

RD GPA max = 19.0 + 4.0 + 4.0 = 27 , the highest UWGPA you can get is 27/7 =3.86

Remember that colleges primarily care about your UWGPA not your WGPA. They look at your WGPA to understand the depth of your course rigor.

If your 3.8 is your WGPA, and assuming you will take 50% weighted classes then the MAX WGPA for ED would be 19 + 4.5 = 23.5/6 =3.916

MAX WGPA for RD would be 19 + 4.5 + 4.5 = 28/7 = 4.0

Hope that helps.

2 years ago

As Cameron's math shows, it certainly is possible to increase your GPA! You are starting from a good place - a 3.8 GPA is still more than enough to get accepted to the most selective schools in the US. College admissions is holistic, so high SAT scores, exceptional extracurriculars, creative essays, and having an admissions hook can all make up for your GPA. With that said, this CollegeVine article has some tips for how you can improve GPA. Hope this helps!

2 years ago

Yes, you can still boost your GPA. Keep in mind that going into senior year your 1st semester grades are the last grades that colleges are probably going to see. Just stay focused and do your best. Good luck 👍🏽.

2 years ago

Yes, you can, but your class placement and the GPA colleges look at is from your Junior year (double-check course catalog or counselor to be sure). Your best bet is to study well in advance (3-6 months) of SAT/ACT to try and ace it because many college deadlines are in senior year, so you can still send those in I believe.

I wouldn't recommend taking weighted classes senior year unless you know you will enjoy it or they cover college requirements. Take advantage of off-periods if available (more time to apply for scholarships, plan, etc.).


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