2 years ago
Admissions Advice

How can I overcome a freshman GPA that includes a C+?

I just finished my freshman year of high school and it went okay, all things considered, but there are a few grades that brought my GPA down that I can't get out of my head. I just can't shake the feeling that it will be these grades that stop my admission to my "dream schools."

My freshman GPA was a 3.71 overall, but my first semester was a 3.56 and second semester was a 3.85. My first semester, I had all As except an A- in English, a B in Biology, and a C+ in Algebra 1-Advanced. My second semester I got a B in Algebra 1-A but the rest were As.

I honestly feel a little silly worrying over my grades, which were not that bad overall, but I'm just nervous. If I get better grades here on out, does that make up for my first year? Will colleges see a C+ and automatically disqualify me in some cases?

Thank you for reading!


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2 years ago


Great question! So, I am currently a senior and as much as I know, I will tell you. The best thing that you did was work hard. Your improvement shows how you went from a C to a B. This type of incline learning where a student keeps improving is noticed and appreciated by colleges. With your overall GPA still being above 3.7, you should be good as long as you keep working to the best of your ability.

To secure your future, I would recommend to keep working hard and trying to get as many A's as possible to push up that GPA. It will help out the higher it goes. The next thing you have to consider is your intended major. I know it is still early for you, but if you are not majoring in a STEM or math course, then it will not be an automatic disqualification. In fact, it should not be an automatic DQ in any situation unless it happens a few times.

Good luck, don't stress out yet! Hope this helps!

2 years ago

I don't think you need to worry too much. C+ isn't that awful of a grade, first of all, and if you're planning on taking humanities it shouldn't matter as much anyway. If you are planning on doing STEM or math-based majors, just make sure you're able to show that you improved. Improvement is almost always better than a static grade throughout all four years, because it shows dedication and willingness to be better.

I do want to note that many colleges actually don't scrutinize freshman year too harshly. 10th and 11th grades are where many schools focus their evaluation, since 9th usually isn't too spectacular and in 12th there won't be much to look at as you'll be applying. Make sure you buckle down for 10th and 11th grade, but don't stress too much on it. A C in one course will not doom you for eternity - and your GPA is still pretty impressive.

Good luck!

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