College Confidential’s “Dean,” Sally Rubenstone, put together 25 of her best tips. So far, the "25 Tips from the Dean" eBook has helped more than 10K students choose a college, get in, and pay for it. Get your free copy: http://goo.gl/9zDJTM
I am somewhat confused about how the application process works. I know that applications should be dealt with during the autumn, but my gpa will change by the end of the first semester (December exams), so will colleges have access to my most current gpa? Also, seniors don't get their most current rankings until spring, so will colleges have access to current rankings? I'm curious because my gpa will obviously change between junior and senior year, but I will have to submit my most current gpa which may be lower than the end result (December exams) during senior year, and on that note my ranking my change. Do universities take these factors into consideration? Also how much do colleges look into the second semester grades of senior year. I know they do not affect ranking, but do they affect gpa?
Jr year I end up with a 4.1 GPA, by December exams Sr year it may go up to 4.3. But college apps would have already been sent in, and I wouldn't get my most recent gpa until later.
Jr year I'm ranked 60/700, but the ranking may change to 50/700 or 100/700 with december exams.
But say I finished apps in october, I would have to send in my 4.1 GPA and 60/700 ranking, but if it improves/lowers, do colleges follow up and take it into consideration with admission
*Also my school uses the weighted gpa for ranking, but I've read that colleges like NYU go by an unweighted gpa, do they still take the weighted gpa into account? At my HS, academics are rigorous and timeconsuming. My best friend took regular English II and made an A in the class, but her writing/vocabulary is not up to PreAP/AP standards. Whereas in complete contrast, PreAP/AP eng is at the college level, so it's harder to make an A, but if using the unweighted scale, someone in a regular class would have an advantage over someone with APs/PreAP/Honors.