Is my application okay for selective colleges?
GPA: 3.65 (weighted)
* hasn't changed for this year but this is my GPA for freshman year
I am currently a sophomore in high school planning to major in computer science. These are a few things I have done so far for colleges like Princeton, NYU, and Rutgers. Please leave any suggestions. Thank you!
AP's and Honors- World History Honors I, Advanced Computer graphics (sophomore year)
Environmental Honors, English 11 STEAM, Algebra 2 STEAM, AP Spanish (next year, junior year)
* My school only offers 9 AP classes, usually offered to juniors and seniors
Volunteering- Police Academy, volunteered at several senior citizen events - help carry food in, serve, start conversations, clean up
- During the coronavirus, helped kids with homework by face timing and wrote cards for nurses and doctors working during this pandemic ;)
- MOMS; community service club member and photographer
*Tutor - 3rd grader: Teach math, reading, and social studies; 2 hours every weekday during the school year (since 2019- ongoing)
*DJ Light assistant; employment: Usually during the weekends; long hours (since 2019- ongoing)
*Sales Associate; during the summer; 6 hours each day
*Editing & photography (hobbies)
*Student council; member (hopefully, student officer for the school spirit committee this year)
*Gov STEM Scholars - Year-long research program
*My Spanish poem and artwork were published on NOVA, a literary magazine containing all student poetry and artwork that is sold to all students, administrators, teachers, and staff.
*Academic Honors: 2 freshman year(Honor roll), 2 junior year ( 1 honor roll, 1 high honor)
*3 photographs and 1 digital artwork was presented at the art show in my school
- Currently applying to summer coding programs
*I know how to speak English, Spanish, Korean (Hangul only)
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It mostly depends on junior and sophomore grades and what rigor those are so I can not accurately say anything about those you should get your UW gpa to be over 3.8 and your ECs look good but you will want to get leadership/officer positions eventually but for 9-10th it’s very good.
Also your demographics can play a huge part the ideal Canadians in terms of demographics is a black female studying stem and from a sparse state such as Wyoming Montana Alaska etc especially for east coast. That’s an ideal candidate but if you are from a state that adds geographical diversity adds racial diversity or adds major diversity that’s all god for you and may counteract a comparatively low gpa or sat.
I’d say your major hang up is improving rigor which comes in time and improving gpa to just around a 3.8+ should do the trick and you have a fairly good chance at ivy plus schools.
haha the hangul part hit close to home :,)
in general- your gpa is a bit low; you should be aiming for at least a 3.8, 3.9 optimally, UNweighted. colleges do look at your weighted gpa but i believe they look at your UW to compare you to other applicants. your clubs and your ecs should be focused more towards STEM. if it’s not STEM it really won’t count much. the fact that you speak multiple languages is really cool, but unless you’re gonna major in a cultural or international studies major it isn’t super relavent. your profile is a bit all over the place/ you have a lot of stem activity but also stuff in volunteering, police, writing, photography, and languages. you really need to hone in on your STEAM related activities and spend less time on the other ones. you should also gear your writing and photography towards either a personal project or maybe a portfolio of all science related subjects. this will help you integrate your hobbies with your field of study. Good luck!
Hey, @ail.xo! Your application already looks impressive! To better your chance at acceptance, I would suggest you raise your unweighted GPA to a 3.87-3.9. You can do this by taking more APs or if your school doesn't have them, try IB classes or dual-credit courses at your local college. Make sure when you take the ACT, you aim for a 33-36 for Princeton and NYU. You can better your extra-curricular by founding a club either for something you're passionate about or winning more prestigious competitions. Also, try interning in something you like with notable institutions like universities or widely-known summer camps.