2 years ago
Admissions Advice

should i give up on trying to get to a top school?

I want to go to architecture school and from what I understand it's very competitive I'm in my freshman year of high school and the reason I am thinking of just kinda giving up is due to my GPA I have from last semester a GPA of 2.8 I am in all advanced except for one AP and this semester isn't looking much better like a 3.3 or 3.0 just in case it matters the reason for these grades is because of my problem of turning thing in on time which comes with a max of an 80 now I have never gotten a clear answer on this which is why I am asking here because I have heard anything from ill be fine too I'm completely screwed. so to put is basically will a 2.9 or 3.1 make it impossible to get into these schools

also if anyone has advice on what to do in my situation then please let me know because i really need it

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2 years ago[edited]

Honestly, it's far to early to freak out okay. You have 2 more years to freak out before you freak out.

So do your best to get your grades up to 3.5+-3.7+ and use your summers productively to take more college courses.

If by the beginning of senior year you do not have a great GPA, course rigor, ECs and a good design portfolio, then go for Plan B.

Plan A.

If you accomplish your goals then apply to Cornell, RISD, Rice, Cooper Union, Syracuse, V. Tech, Pratt, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UT Austin, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).

Plan B.

I would use your time as an undergraduate to get your grades up so you can apply to a prestigious Graduate Program like Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, Cornell, Columbia, Yale, UC Berkeley.

If you go to a lesser architecture school, which is a 4 year BS program, you are still going to have to attend a 2 year grad program to become an architect. You will not have the same level of instruction as a top 5 year school.

But if you get your grades up at any good undergrad college, and take a bunch of art and design classes to impress admissions officers when you submit your portfolio for Grad Architecture school, you will maximize your chances to get into a great school and become an architect.

You do not want to waste time at a lesser school because once you are an architect, you are an architect for life until you die.

Good luck.

2 years ago

I totally understand where you're coming from and trust me I was the same too. Colleges don't look as deeply in freshman year like the other years and also the Covid 19 pandemic has made stuff a lot worse try your best to get better grades in your other years. It's never too late!!

2 years ago

Since you’re a freshman in high school you still have plenty of time to improve your GPA. This starts with your work first. Make sure to try your best to score the highest on all of your assignments, tests, quizzes, etc. Also, try to turn things in on time so that it doesn’t negatively impact your grades. If you have problems turning things in on time then I recommend communicating with your teachers. You still have a few years to improve. Start now and I think you’ll be fine.

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