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3.97 right now and it will be a 4.06 after 1st so should I apply to my dream school (stanford) early or wait?
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My dream school has been Stanford University since I was a little girl and I have been working on my essays all summer, intending on applying early. So, currently, my GPA is a 3.97 but after first semester if everything goes as planned It will be a 4.06, so should I wait to apply regular decision or apply early because I know that applying early means that they don't get my first quarter grades.

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Yeah so while this may come off as a chance me question, which is not allowed here (use the chancing calculator and live streams for that), I can answer your question of whether you should apply early or not. What I will say is that a 0.09 difference in your GPA won't mean much at all. They won't reject you because you're GPA is slightly lower than it could have been. You clear the academic threshold, which is all that matters. If they do reject you, it would only be because of other aspects like ECs or essays. And if they needed more time to see if your GPA would improve, they would defer you to the regular decision period and reevaluate you there. So don't let your GPA stop you from applying early. If it's your dream school, apply and it will increase your chances.

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Hi, you’re new so this is OK but please delete or reword this question. It’s considered a violation of the CV forum policy, in which you can’t ask “chance-me” questions where you basically ask us to evaluate your profile/chances for X school based on your stats. That’s not what the forum is for - however, if you have any other, general questions, I’d be happy to help you !

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Yeah I agree that this may seem like a chance me question since she listed her stats and ECs. But I think she's really asking if she should apply early or not cause of her GPA. I would recommend taking down all the stats though so your question doesn't get taken down.