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01/25/2020 at 01:38AM[edited]

Freshman Year

Hey Guys! Just an average freshman in high school worrying about grades. I have a D+ in honors earth science. Do you think this will have an ton of impact on my admission to ivy schools. And I have two other bs and all a’s. I’m on a youth international sport team and going to volunteer in a different continent during a summer for a big church. Do you think I still have chances?

@CAsunset01/26/2020 at 03:35AM

Do you think you want to study science in college?

[🎤 AUTHOR]@Ss820974101/26/2020 at 04:00AM

No, probably computer science or information sciences

@CAsunset01/26/2020 at 06:40PM

Ok cool. Are you only interested in ivy schools or are you thinking about other schools too?

[🎤 AUTHOR]@Ss820974101/26/2020 at 06:43PM

I’m thinking about Uc’s, Stanford and ivy schools.

@bagofusa01/28/2020 at 10:56PM [edited]

I don't know specifically about the ivies but I believe that Stanford and many (if not all) of the UC's don't look specifically at freshman grades during the application process. This being said, they look at class rank, so make sure to put effort into all of your classes and try and bring it up as much as you can. Colleges definitely look at effort and EC's as much as they do grades (though your EC's seem pretty solid for a freshman), so work on those too!

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3 answers

01/25/2020 at 12:52PM

Yes, it will certainly hold some weight. Make up for those by getting better grades in the coming years. Extra currics play a part as well, be consistent in your efforts. I would make sure to score 1500+ on the SAT, and get a 4.0+ GPA. Those are the cutoff points for Ivy's––and even then, your admission is not guaranteed.

Best of luck!

01/27/2020 at 06:09PM

Thank you, quick update!

I have a C+ now. Do you think that it’s better?


@CAsunset01/29/2020 at 04:39AM

Hey! That's awesome news. Congrats on the quick improvement. It's definitely better. At this point you should just keep working hard. Work hard, learn a lot, and don't stress over one grade in one class. Just do your best! By the time you're a senior you likely won't remember the one week freshman year when your grade went up or down a few points. :)

Also, just a heads up - I think this update post should have been a comment on one of the answers. Looks like replies are meant for answers only. Just a note for next time!

01/27/2020 at 06:04PM

Hey @Ss8209741,

Since you're only a freshman, don't worry too too much about your D+ (you shouldn't stress out too much, bc that doesn't really help in my experience). If you can try to get your Earth Science grade up to a C or B range in the next few months, that would definitely help you. If not, then showing improvement year to year is super important too - so stay on top of your science classes next year and beyond :)

If you wanted to study science/geology in college, then having a D+ in earth science would be a huge red flag for any college. BUT, since you're thinking about computer science or information science, that is less of a concern. You'll definitely want to show improvement though.

The ivy schools are super hard to get into, so it's great that you're starting to think about your grades now. It's also great that you have some other schools on your radar because there are SO many great schools out there (especially with computer science programs) that you could be a great fit for! And your grades will matter for all of those schools too!

It might be worth asking yourself WHY you are struggling with your Earth Science class. If you can figure out the reason, then you will know more about yourself as a student/learner and can make some changes for your next few years in high school, like staying after class for extra help, speaking up when you're confused, or different studying strategies!

Hope this helps!