Hey, I currently have a 2.3 UW GPA, 3.0 W and am wondering where I should be applying to. My SAT 1st try was a 1520 and I am going to retake it hoping for a superscore. I also attend a prestigous public school in NYC and most students are crushing it and getting into amazing schools. My extracirruclars are good so far but I plan to add more quality as the year progresses. A rundown on colleges which have good rep and finance and accounting programs would be appriecated. Thanks.
Hi @MHuda! Here’s a couple tips on how to improve your acceptance chances of getting into a good institution.
- Improve GPA by increasing grades. I know this sounds boring, but if you know how to use your resources, it can be easy to keep your grades up. For example:
1) My school offers peer tutoring. Students in National Honor Society stay in the library for an hour after school and help anyone that needs it. Studying with someone your age might help take off some pressure, and if you get along well, it might even be fun.
2) You can ask teachers to meet before school, after school, during lunch or study hall, etc. An extra 15 minutes of learning goes a long way! Also if your teacher sees that you’re putting effort into the class, they’ll likely help as much as possible.
3) Utilize the internet! If you don’t understand a lesson, you can go home and watch a YouTube video for a different perspective or technique. If you have to study, Blooket or Quizlet can make it fun! (I really recommend Blooket, it’s like you’re playing a game!) Literature gets more difficult as you get into the higher grades, so don’t be afraid to use CourseHero to get a summary of the chapter for a better understanding!
- If honors and AP classes are too difficult, I recommend lowering the level you’re taking. Higher level classes can look good on an application, but a low GPA might give the institution the wrong idea.
- Mess around with the simulation option on CollegeVine! It can give you a good idea of what the specific institution values and how to help your chances.
- Stay realistic in your future-planning! Have some targets, safeties, and risks when making a college list.
I don’t know much about specific colleges yet, so I’m sorry I can’t give you any recommendations. Also, congrats on getting 1520 on your SAT! That’s a really impressive score. Good luck with your retake and college search, and I hope I helped a little! :)
Given your current GPA, it's crucial to focus on colleges that consider more than just academic achievements. Your strong SAT score and extracurriculars will certainly bolster your application. Aim for a well-rounded list of schools that appreciate a holistic view of applicants. Here are some institutions known for their reputable finance and accounting programs:
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School):
Renowned for its business programs.
Wharton offers a comprehensive finance curriculum.
New York University (Stern School of Business):
Located in NYC, providing excellent networking opportunities.
Stern is recognized for its strong finance and accounting programs.
University of Michigan (Ross School of Business):
Offers a top-notch business program.
Known for its finance and accounting courses.
Indiana University Bloomington (Kelley School of Business):
Kelley School is highly regarded for its finance program.
Strong emphasis on experiential learning.
University of Virginia (McIntire School of Commerce):
McIntire offers a distinguished finance curriculum.
Emphasizes hands-on learning and case studies.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler Business School):
Known for its finance and accounting programs.
Emphasizes teamwork and leadership skills.
University of California, Berkeley (Haas School of Business):
Offers a comprehensive business education.
Haas is recognized for its finance and accounting courses.
Boston College (Carroll School of Management):
Carroll School is known for its finance and accounting programs.
Strong focus on ethical leadership.
Remember to research each school's specific admissions criteria and consider factors beyond rankings. Highlight your achievements, focus on your SAT retake, and use your extracurriculars to showcase your skills and leadership. Good luck!
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