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How much can I raise my GPA?
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I am a rising Junior and with the hit of COVID, my grades dropped like a bullet. My school offers AP and Dual Credit, assuming I take those for the next two years, how much will my 2.8 GPA rise?

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I'm answering your question 100% correctly so whoever reads this don't downvote me because I'm doing what the author asked.

Caveat. I'm only going to give your final GPA as the 7th Semester GPA Fall Sr. Year not 8th semester since you are going to have to submit 3.5 years to colleges.

Here are the accurate hypotheticals

If you get 50%As and 50% Bs without taking weighted or AP classes you will have a 3.1 GPA to submit to colleges

If you get 75%As and 25% Bs without taking weighted or AP classes you will have a 3.2 GPA to submit to colleges

If you get 100%As without taking weighted or AP classes you will have a 3.31 GPA to submit to colleges

Now that changes a little with weighted classes.

If you get 50%As and 50% Bs and 1/2 your classes are weighted or AP classes and you got say 2As/2Bs in the weighted classes you will have weighted 3.26 GPA to submit to colleges

If you get 75%As and 25% Bs and 1/2 your classes are weighted or AP classes you got 3As/1B in the weighted classes you will have a 3.34 Weighted GPA to submit to colleges

If you get 100%As and 1/2 your classes are weighted or AP classes you will have a 3.53 Weighted GPA to submit to colleges

So you can see that focusing on excellence for the next 3 full semesters is totally worthwhile and doable. You have nothing to lose. Also, keep in mind that an upward trend is important so if the applications readers see that you trying your best and improving that's worth a lot as well. So if your 1 semester is a 3.5, then a 3.9, then a weighted 4.33. with a harder course rigor that shows you are hard-working, showing up to get the work down and mastering the material no matter how hard it is.

I wish you all the best.

Thank you for your answer. My dream school's GPA is 3.5 so it will be a lot of work but I'm prepared to do it.
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You can’t calculate really how much your GPA will raise because that will be incredibly hypothetical and stressful for you. Your best shot is to take those advanced classes but also to make sure you are on top of your work, proactively studying and absorbing material, and doing all of the assignments. Also look for ways to get extra credit. My best advice is just work incredibly intensely and purposefully to do your best in school - straight A or A+ grades. Your unweighted GPA is based solely on your letter grades, but your unweighted also gets a boost for how difficult the classes you take are. Worst worst case scenario you can take a gap year or do two years at community college to raise your GPA and then apply to selective schools as a prospective college transfer student; your GPA will be higher due to good grades at CC and you will have a better shot.

I disagree that your GPA will rise significantly - that’s unreasonable unless you go from a whole year of B and C grades to a year of entirely A+ grades, but even then it might raise your GPA by only a little bit, like say 0.2. I don’t know how much it really will impact. All you can do is give your best effort going forward.

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Your GPA should rise significantly with AP courses if you don't overload yourself with work.

Yeah but how much? Can I achieve a 3.2 if I get straight As?
It definitely depends by school, but I think you have a really good shot!! Also, colleges look for trends of improvement in grades. If you can really deliver your next few years, colleges will recognize that upward trend. :)