8 days ago
Admissions Advice

My GPA dropped during junior year

I'm usually a straight A, occasional B student, but last year I crashed. I lost a family member, I had to take on a job, I was adjusting from being online for 2 years, and I took on too many clubs during the school year. MY GPA dropped from a 3.7 to a 3.4, and I know the grades I got last year are extremely unusual for me. I plan to explain this as I apply to colleges, but should I go ahead and forget about some of the harder schools I'm applying to? I got a 30 ACT, and I'm very active inside and outside of school. I have strong stats everywhere but my GPA. Let me know my chances of getting into schools like UNC (Chapel) and UT Austin

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6 days ago

I think that you still have a chance at getting into UNC Chapel Hill, UT Austin, and even more selective schools. Here are a few factors which will make up for your GPA:

- Your idea of explaining the circumstances behind your GPA drop will greatly benefit your applicant to every school on your list. Colleges take extenuating circumstances seriously.

- If you can show an upward trend in your grades and become a mostly A student again, colleges will see that your junior year really was an anomaly.

- Retake the ACT/SAT - a 30 is a decent score, but any extra points will help you a lot. A 1550 on the SAT or 35 on the ACT (or even higher) could give you an especially big admissions boost.

Hope this helps!

6 days ago

The schools you're considering are public ivies. They're selective when it comes to admissions, but not as much as the actual Ivies. You have a valid reason for the drop; moreover, a 3.4 GPA is not bad for these schools, so don't give up yet.

If you're in the top 6% of your graduating high school AND if your high school is in Texas, you can get auto-admission into UT Austin, although not necessarily your desired major. Still, you have a better chance of getting in than out-of-state applicants.

Basically, applying to an in-state public university will increase your chances of admission.

Hope this helps!


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