4 years ago
Admissions Advice

How to make up for past low grades?

If I finished high school with low grades due to illness. Can I redo specific courses in an adult high school and if yes, which courses should I take and how much do I need to get in them and be competitive? Should I repeat all four years of high school.

And finally, can a compelling essay overlook my low gpa in high school due to illness to get into elite universities?

🎉 First post
Let’s welcome @squall99 to the community! Remember to be kind, helpful, and supportive in your responses.

Earn karma by helping others:

1 karma for each ⬆️ upvote on your answer, and 20 karma if your answer is marked accepted.

1 answer

4 years ago

Hi, it's always a bummer to read that someone's transcript fell short due to illness. I hope you are now healthy, positive, and motivated to make up for lost ground. Here's my honest take on your situation. I would not attend adult high school if you can graduate. Do whatever you can to graduate HS and then move on. The first thing you want to do after getting your HS diploma is to enroll in your local community college with the goal of getting your AA Associates. Since you are doing this in order to be a viable exceptional transfer student you want to be very precise about what classes you take in community college because you want it to mimic the course rigor to the top elite college applicants. Therefore before you apply as a transfer take 2 years of English, as similar as possible to the coursework covered in AP Lang and AP Lit. then take 2 years of Math, like College Algebra, Pre-Calc or AP Calc A/B, B/C, 2 years of history, US History, European History, 2 years of Language of your choice, and 2 Core Sciences similar to AP Biology, AP Physics, or AP Chemistry. That's a tall order because that's like 60 credits already and you want to get As in them not Bs. During your 2nd year of CC you are going to apply as a transfer so you also need to go down the checklist of things you need to complete to qualify. If you have 4.0 in these core classes, you will be a strong candidate at an elite college as a transfer student. Your HS Transcript will disappear and not factor in the acceptance decision. It's like a 2nd chance with a clean slate. I wish you all the best.

What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
+ add school
Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

Community Guidelines

To keep this community safe and supportive:

  1. Be kind and respectful!
  2. Keep posts relevant to college admissions and high school.
  3. Don’t ask “chance-me” questions. Use CollegeVine’s chancing instead!

How karma works