As a sophomore, I lost an immediate family member to cancer, and this heavily impacted my performance in school. I finished off my sophomore year with three C's. During my freshman, junior, and senior year (this year), I have gotten all A's (exception of 2 B+'s as a freshman) in honors/6 AP classes.
Will my mediocre 3.3 UW GPA disqualify me from getting into a highly competitive school entirely?
GPA: 3.3 UW/ 4.24 W
Rank: 78/410 (Top 20%)
SAT: 2230 combined
Extracurricular: Founder/President of a club, Vice President of a club, NHS, tennis, People To People, Internship at a Marketing Firm, a home business, etc.
Also, where is the best place where I can explain why I have a crappy GPA? on the common app? a letter to the school?
Will schools even consider my situation, drastic upward grade trend, etc?
- New York University
- University of Michigan @ Ann Arbor
- UC Berkeley
- Stanford (a verryyyyy far reach)
Any input will be great, and I hope this will help anyone in a similar situation