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Getting into college with a low GPA

eventhorizeventhoriz Posts: 5Registered User New Member
edited October 2013 in College Admissions
I graduated high school in June of 2011 with a GPA of 3.04 (unweighted). As I applied to college, the issue of my low GPA was always in the back of my mind. I had a stellar application, but I was always a little anxious. As it turns out, I could have got away with a lot less worrying.


As of right now, I've been accepted to six schools, rejected from two, waitlisted at one, and am still waiting to hear back from seven.

Accepted:
University of Rhode Island ---(Psychology) [In-State]
University of Vermont
(Psychology) [Presidential Scholarship]
University of Connecticut
(Physiology & Neurobiology) [nearly full ride*]
Syracuse University
(Psychology) [$17,000/year]
American University
(Psychology) [waiting on financial aid package]
George Washington University-(Psychology) [Waiting on FinAid package]

Waitlisted:
Northeastern University
(Psychology)[huge surprise, both parents are alumni]

Rejected:
Harvard
Bowdoin


I'm still waiting for a lot of responses, but it's evident that I won't be without some possibilities.

I decided to post this because I know that applying to college is a pretty stressful time, and that stress is exponentially greater if you have a low GPA. I would like to invite anyone to ask me questions or spark a discussion. If I can impart any advice, feel free to ask. My hope is to be able to give a little confidence to anyone who needs it.

I'll fill in any details anyone wants to know about my record. I would have written them all down, but I'm not even sure if anyone will read this, let alone respond.

If you'd like to tell me why you think I shouldn't have been accepted to [x], please do. I'd love to try to convince you otherwise.
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Replies to: Getting into college with a low GPA

  • sunshinefairysunshinefairy Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    I'd love to hear your other stats if you don't mind, as well as what YOU think got you in. Thanks!
  • detoididetoidi Posts: 193Registered User Junior Member
    You took a gap year? What have you done in the mean time? My senior schedule
    Is very weak compared to my peers, should I be able to get in into top colleges?
  • URIwannabeURIwannabe Posts: 8Registered User New Member
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's awesome!!!!!!!! I have a GPA of 2.7 and URI is my top choice!!!!!!! Do you think I'll get in?!
  • eventhorizeventhoriz Posts: 5Registered User New Member
    @sunshinefairy:
    I skipped 9th grade after being homeschooled through middle school, as a homeschooler I took General Chemistry I & II and French at the local community college. I got OK grades, not great, but passing. I also was varsity debate + lacrosse, and got letters for both. I graduated top 25% (weighted).

    I skipped a year in all of my subjects, but two years in math. I took as many AP classes as I could each year; my senior schedule was ~5 APs.
    I got 4 on AP Psych, 3 on AP Calc, 3 on AP Physics, 5 on AP English Literature and Composition, and 2 on AP US History (not reported).
    I was an NMSQT Semi-finalist, my SAT score was 2070 (highest scores together), my ACT composite was 33 (35 reading, 26 Math, 34 reading, 35 science).
    I got a 710 on SAT II english, 630 on SAT II Physics, and a 670 on SAT II MathII.
    I speak French and Italian fluently, and am currently taking a gap year through AFS in Italy.
    I am a Star Scout in the Boy Scouts.
    I was part of my school's political science club, also was on student government.
    I play the cello, the guitar, and the electric bass.
    My essay was very very strong; it was a pretty unique topic and very very personal, something that no one else but me could have possibly written. I'm also a pretty good writer, it's always been one of my biggest strengths.
    Also, my personal reccomendations were really great and from people who knew me well.

    I think that what got me into college was the fact that I was a pretty unique applicant; I showed that I challenge myself academically and personally; going away alone for a whole year before college is both a pretty different experience AND (in my opinion) an indicator of the fact that I realized I needed some time before I went to college to decide on how to best spend my time.

    @detoidi:
    You should definitely be able to get into colleges (I'm not sure about TOP colleges, but I also don't know anything about you :P) as long as your grades are decent, colleges definitely appreciate it when students challenge themselves

    @URIwannabe:
    Yeah, I think you should be able to! Maybe not if you're applying for their pharmacy program though, that's a super strong department there :P

    If anyone wants to ask something else/ask me to elaborate, feel free!
  • eventhorizeventhoriz Posts: 5Registered User New Member
    Oh and quick update

    Waitlisted @ Colby College
  • eventhorizeventhoriz Posts: 5Registered User New Member
    self-serving bump
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 59,971Registered User Senior Member
    Your ACT 33 compensated for your GPA. However, it looks like your GPA prevented you from making NMF?? Is that right?
  • DraxulaDraxula Posts: 123Registered User Junior Member
    I am so glad I stumbled upon this post.
  • julia120julia120 Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    OH MY GOD you are joking. All that stuff completely would make up for even a 2.0 gpa. or a 0.0 gpa. If you were nervous and didn't get into some places you wanted to then I have no chance.
  • baadisabaadisa Posts: 8Registered User New Member
    9th grade
    1 AP class
    2 honors classes
    Concert orchestra(play the viola)
    Volleyball

    10th
    2 honors classes
    1 AP class
    Symphonic orchestra
    Cross country

    11th grade
    2 AP classes
    1 honors class
    Advanced philharmonic orchestra
    Beta club
    Getting a job over the summer

    12th grade (next year)
    3 AP classes
    1 honors class
    Chamber orchestra
    Beta club
    Cross country
    MCSA

    Awards
    Best first year runner
    Cross country varsity letter
    4 star scholar student
    Orchestra letter

    My GPA and rank is from the end of 11th grade.
    Gpa:3.389 weighted, 3.103 unweighted
    Gpa:88.556
    Class rank:75 out of 388

    I was wondering if u could chance me for university of Georgia(dream school). I am about to talk, the ACTs in, September.
  • marieshinskamarieshinska Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    THIS IS INSPIRATIONAL. I have a 2.8 and have practically given up. Purdue and syracuse are my dream schools and I just know I wont get in even though I have a great essay/personal statment and ecs :(
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