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Is it worth paying to apply to very competitive schools with a not perfect GPA?
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Hi,

Lately I have been stressing a lot over the idea that my not perfect 3.96 GPA will already remove every possibility of me getting into this school.

Northwestern is my dream school and I really want to go here. Do you think I would have a chance of getting in by applying here. In 8th grade I got 2 B+'s and ruined my highschool GPA before I knew what a GPA was. Since then I took the hardest possible curriculum available to me, reached 3 grades of math ahead of me taking AP Calculus BC in 10th Grade.

Do you think my GPA is competitive enough for this school, be honest.

Thanks,

Ian

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@_KC_2 months ago

AP Cal BC in 10th grade, that is insane! I believe that your weighted gpa is going to be really high, if you school does them.

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2 months ago

Your 8th grade grades should not be a factor in college admissions. Colleges will not look at 8th grade. They will, however, look at how challenging your curriculum is. So to answer your question of whether or not it's worth it to apply, I would say yes it is worth applying.

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2 months ago

Hey :)

Even without a “perfect” GPA that’s not ALL colleges look at. Apply to Northwestern and one other college just in case, but if you don’t get in, your GPA and coursework aren’t the reason. Your GPA is definitely in range to be competitive though, even at Northwestern.

Good luck and I wish you all the best!!

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2 months ago

Hi! Your GPA is really good for a school like Northwestern. You show a lot of growth which is something Northwestern likes to see.

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2 months ago

Honestly, thats a pretty respectable GPA, so you shouldn't sweat that. The bigger things you wanna focus on are ECs and getting good sat/act scores. Other than that you're looking pretty good :p

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2 months ago

If 3.96 is your -unweighted- GPA, that's incredibly impressive! Don't forget that schools aren't just looking for academic achievements but also extracurricular activities outside of school. Applications are also pretty pricey, so I say watch out for how much you're willing to spend on them! Your GPA is absolutely competitive enough. I wish you the best of luck at your dream school Ian.

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