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Does first semester senior year GPA get counted into my cumulative GPA?

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Hi I am currently a rising senior and I have a really low weighted GPA (3.6) and I was just wondering whether colleges count the first semester grades of senior year into cumulative GPA calculations as I feel that if I do well in my classes during the first semester, I have a better chance at the colleges I wish to attend to as a result of a better GPA. Please let me know so I can plan my college applications accordingly! Thank you so much and I look forward to all of your informative inputs!

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Hi @Thunderlord587! It depends on the application you make. If you apply early decision or early action, they will not take your first-semester senior year GPA into account, since the universities make decisions by mid-December and you likely have not finished your first semester then. However, do keep in mind that if a university accepts you through an early application (ED, REA, or EA), they will track your academic performance through senior year.

If you apply through regular decision, then the universities will take your first-semester senior year GPA into account.

I hope this helps!