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07/27/2020 at 02:21AM

My gpa range is between a 3.0-3.20.

My gpa range is between a 3.0-3.20. I’m a rising senior and I’m starting to worry about not getting accepted into schools that I’d like to apply to because it’s low. Any advice on what I should do to carry the weight of my gpa ?

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07/27/2020 at 02:54AM

So with out knowing what schools you are aiming for and also what year you are in I’ll say as a rising junior trying to get a mid 3.6 gpa.

A few things to do:

1. Create a study plan and spend more time on subjects where you struggle and or have a quiz approaching. Don’t just evenly split it.

2. Take AP IB Honors courses as a lot of schools accept weighted GPAs.

3. Focus on the subject make sure to take good notes and keep track of dates among other class info.

4. If you are struggling in Subject X a lot of schools have a study area for after school help or the teachers are available after and or before school. Use that!

5. Take classes for a purpose don’t take it becuase it’s “cool” take it becuase it meets graduation requirements or it helps you. Don’t take art beyond grad requirements as a STEM major for instance.

Hope this helps and please comment if you need clarification.

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@des07/27/2020 at 03:22AM

Firstly,Thank you for responding.

I’m a rising senior, and the school that I attend doesn’t offer AP IB Honor courses. I didn’t really know what’s there left to do with my gpa, because it’s almost time to start applying to universities.

Any other suggestions?

@DebaterMAX07/27/2020 at 03:37AM

Ouch, if you have any circumstances out of your control that can impact it such as divorce, death, moving make sure to explain that. Also you MIGHT be able to appeal but that’s a long shot. Also if your gpa is 3.1 and the average gpa at School X is 3.4 you still have a shot the schools that are not really feasible are schools with a 3.75 and up. Refer to middle 50% by googling mid50% gpa school x. Also if you have a really good sat/act that can compensate also if you do really well in context

@DebaterMAX07/27/2020 at 03:38AM

Of your high school (class rank) that can help but otherwise I’m at a lost a last ditch effort would be to have sterling platinum plated academically based rec letters. Also ECs can help to compsenate but shouldn’t be relied upon.

Hope this helps and sorry if it doesn’t work out. Best of luck!

@crsgo042207/27/2020 at 02:23PM

I agree w all of Max’s answers; to add I would say look at schools where the average GPA is anywhere from 3.2-3.5 because a those you still have an ok shot of being considered. Worst case you could also go to CC for 2 years to raise your college GPA and then apply to your dream school as a college transfer

[🎤 AUTHOR]@des07/27/2020 at 04:07PM

Thanks to both of you for answering. I know that I have the potential to bring my gpa up to about a 3.5 for the Christmas term. Would that be to late to do so, considering that it’ll be my senior year and I’ll also be applying to universities? Also, would that get me into “good” universities?

I don’t have much persons to actually ask these questions to, so I appreciate you both for taking time to answer them honestly.

@DebaterMAX07/27/2020 at 04:17PM

So for the gpa by christmas it depends on how fast the admissions people update the transcript and the deadline for applying varies by school as it’s somewhere between Jan 1 and Feb 1 for most schools. So you can apply with the transcript at end of Jan and likely have it updated but don’t rely on that. In regards to good universities it’s very subjective but some highlights of universities you can get into with a 3.3 gpa are Wash St Oregon AZ St Kansas St Iowa NDSU LSU? South Carolina and there

@DebaterMAX07/27/2020 at 04:19PM

Aren’t a lot of New England schools the first of the top of my head is Maine and Massachusetts Lowell are the few that come to mind. Of course there are a lot of other schools but these were highlights. Also I’m not sure about LSU that’s why there is a “?”

@DebaterMAX07/27/2020 at 04:20PM

And I’d say all of the schools I named are good ones so best of luck!

@crsgo042207/27/2020 at 04:28PM

The term “good” is arbitrary since there will people who say any school not in the top 20 or top 50 is not “good” (at least from a ranking standpoint), while others will say the typical “as long as you’re happy that’s all that matters!” I would honestly say if you want to go to a school that has prestige you should look at some UC colleges or some other colleges in California since they usually carry the “prestige” of being from that state. Some random schools I found that are somewhat ...

@DebaterMAX07/27/2020 at 04:31PM

Also Purdue is one of the best engineering school so that is one I forgot.

@crsgo042207/27/2020 at 04:33PM

prestigious that are within your range are Texas A&M, Penn State, Drexel, RIT, UC Merced, Texas Tech, University of Arizona/Oregon, High Point Uni, Seton Hall, most SUNY or CUNY colleges (if you live in NY), California State at 3 different locations (LA, SD, LB), Washington State, etc

@crsgo042207/27/2020 at 04:34PM

idk where you live and due to that some of these might not be feasible but these are all schools you should look at! they’re in the 3.2-3.5 range and you should have a good shot at most of these! Biggest ones I see are the California Stat Universities (CSUs) and University of Texas locations (several)

[🎤 AUTHOR]@des07/27/2020 at 08:04PM

Okay thanks again and I’ll take both into consideration. Some of them are abit out of the way in regard to finance, but I’ll definitely be looking at many of these schools to help me narrow my list down and prepare

@DebaterMAX07/27/2020 at 08:10PM

Also I learned most schools send a winter update report after 1st semster. I’d email your counselor and ask about it.

@crsgo042207/27/2020 at 09:15PM

glad it could help, and good luck

which state do you live in, btw? i could help you more specifically if you want to share

[🎤 AUTHOR]@des07/27/2020 at 11:13PM

I’m international, but a us citizen

So ig I don’t really have a specific state I’d look at

@crsgo042207/27/2020 at 11:15PM

Oh, that’s really cool... yeah I would definitely recommend looking at public state schools etc since they’re pretty affordable and most give good aid. I would also maybe look at cuny’s if you are interested in studying in NYC cause i have had several friends who got full rides to some of those colleges

[🎤 AUTHOR]@des07/28/2020 at 01:37AM

Thanks for the advice. I want to do pre med, and I didn’t really find much CUNY schools for that, but I’ll continue doing research . New York is a really nice choice, I think I’ll fit more in a city/urban area

@crsgo042207/28/2020 at 01:40PM

that sounds good! hey, if it doesn’t work out i also recommend looking at schools in possibly california or new jersey since those are some other urban areas. maybe texas also if you like the heat haha

@DebaterMAX07/28/2020 at 03:47PM

Also Collegevine in the find school tab has filters so you can pick campus setting urban and say yes has a Med school.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@des07/28/2020 at 09:13PM

Yeah, I guess it’s pretty cool. Thank you again for the help, you guys are so genuine!

@DebaterMAX07/28/2020 at 09:14PM

Your welcome and thanks for the compliment

@crsgo042207/28/2020 at 09:16PM

you’re welcome; hope it works out :)

[🎤 AUTHOR]@des07/29/2020 at 01:05AM

I’m kind of new to this, and I’m starting everything abit late. Apart from this site I don’t have much help. Would it be okay if I got in contact with y’all for some more assistance? (If possible)

@DebaterMAX07/29/2020 at 01:06AM

I check the site 5x/day so just post in the Q&A

[🎤 AUTHOR]@des07/29/2020 at 01:28PM

Okay, that’s great

[🎤 AUTHOR]@des10/24/2020 at 06:13PM

Hello, I'm back again.

Question, do universities look at your GPA within the 4 years of hs or what you made that term?

@DebaterMAX10/24/2020 at 07:16PM

They typically look at your schedule for senior year and depending on the school grades for all other years (a few schools only do 10th and 11th but they are a small minority. Hope this helps.