I am currently a Senior in high school and my GPA is at a 3.6 unweighted. By the end of my Senior year, I should be at around a 3.65. I know there is nothing I can do now to change my GPA as again, I'm already a Senior. I have read around here on CC and it isn't bad, but I want to know how well my chances are into schools in Texas such as A&M and especially UT Austin. I haven't gotten my SAT scores but I won't settle until I get at least a 1400. I've done practice exams before and have always gotten around 1380 and once a 1400. ACT, I'll aim for a 32 minimum. I've done enough practice to where I feel confident in getting these scores. Read on assuming I have achieved these scores.
There are a number of factors that make me feel good about myself and what I've accomplished but at the same times there are major factors that make me feel crappy about my academic life.
Reasons I feel confident:
I will be graduating with 95 college credit hours (Early College High School and with the most credit hours of our graduating class) and I will have earned an AA and an AS degree with minimum Honors distinctions (took Honors classes, 9 credit hours at the cc) while only around 1/4 of the graduating class will receive 1 Associate's. There is only 1 other student that will earn her AA with Honors distinctions. Her and I are the only ones to have ever passed an Honors course. The others failed and gave up the program. I will be getting the AS with Honors at the end of Senior year. As for the AA, I myself and another Junior (last year Juniors) were the first ever at the school to not graduate HS but have earned an Associate's.
Since I want to be a STEM major (chemical engineer), I prioritized my classes in STEM related subjects. I'm the second of two people ever in the school to have taken Calculus II and I will be taking Linear Algebra and Calculus III. While virtually everyone else is taking algebra-based Physics Senior year, I am once again the second of two people to have taken the calculus-based physics course (taking I and II senior year). Organic Chemistry I is also in the pool of options for next semester which no one has taken. With all this being said, I feel that there isn't much competition at my school for engineering programs or STEM in general at either A&M or UT Austin. Everyone took Biology Senior year because it was easier than Chemistry (yeah of course some actually took it because of their intended major) and many people replaced Precalculus with Statistics since again, it was easy. In terms of rigor, I stand out as one of the best, if not the best. Only second to this really intelligent guy (but he actually got good grades haha).
Reasons I DON'T feel confident: I mean...the GPA is just not good compared to other people. I feel, from what I've heard, that GPA is pretty much what admissions really look like. Also, I've heard that it doesn't look more impressive to have taken more classes or harder classes if you can't maintain a good GPA. So while I have stated that I have accomplished more than my peers, it hasn't been completed well. Hence, my GPA has suffered. As the saying goes for AP classes, "2 4's are better than 4 2's." I feel as if colleges will just look at me as someone who has tried to bite off more than they could chew. Also, probably the absolutely biggest thing is the size of the school. It is such a small school that you literally have to be like rank 8 and up to be in the top 10%.
The main thing that pisses me off (which admittedly, I am envious of) is that many students at the school just stack up on ridiculously easy classes during the summer. We have the chance to take 4 summer classes at cc that are 5.0 weighed. This starts the very first summer following freshmen year. You can imagine how many students take Music Appreciation, Drawing, Statistics, Art History, and even some easy History and English classes. They only do it for the GPA boost and class rank, but hey...they get them A's!
Also, probably the absolutely biggest thing is the size of the school. It is such a small school that you literally have to be like rank 8 and up to be in the top 10%. There is around 80 Seniors. Embarrassed as I am to say, I'm not anywhere even close to that number. Not even 30%..
Maybe I'm just ranting. I don't know. I do know that I am slightly (only slightly) upset at my approach this high school. I'm not asking for pity or for someone to tell me that I did great. I know I did well in my own regard, but is that how admissions will view me? I want nothing but blunt honestly. Hit me with the hard truth. I need it. What is my reality to be with what I have stated? So 3.6 GPA, 1400 SAT and 32 ACT. UT and A&M engineering program. Where do I stand?