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Schools that accept smart and lazy students?

yesnomaybeso7yesnomaybeso7 Posts: 179Registered User Junior Member
edited May 2009 in College Admissions
So I'm looking at all the admissions stuff here and a lot of the people here have 4.0s. I went to a school for intellectually gifted, I got a 730CR,760M,and a 690W on my SATs (the first time I took it, without any classes/workbooks, and I partied hardy the night before), and I take the hardest schedule I can take.
I also have a 3.35 unweighted GPA out of 4(weighted I have a 5.2). I get mostly B+'s. I have ADD and even though I took 9 AP classes this year (Gov, Econ, Psych, Stats, CalcBC, Spanish, English, Art Hist, Physics), I get bored in class because its too easy for me. I don't study because I already understand about 85% of it randomly, so thats what I usually get.
Are there any schools that can recognize this and not hold it against me? I'm an otherwise strong applicant.
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Replies to: Schools that accept smart and lazy students?

  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Posts: 24,853Registered User Senior Member
    You can get into most of the schools in the country, just probably not top 25 colleges. The question to keep in mind, though, is whether you'll be able to stay in college once accepted. Even if the college is easy for you, your lack of self discipline could cause you to flunk out. BTDT with my smart, ADHD, lazy older son, who flunked out of a college that had given him lots of merit aid because he was at the top of their applicant pool. He didn't bother to go to class, didn't show up for tests, and didn't bother to hand in papers. That lack of work = virtually straight Fs despite the fact that he knew most of the coursework's material.
  • Sugar MagnoliaSugar Magnolia Posts: 289Registered User Junior Member
    I know a girl similar to you who got into Reed. She was such a genius that it was so intimidating, but she had ADD and didn't perform in ways that would yield high numbers for an application. I think in general schools that are smaller and pay more attention to your fit for the school personality-wise would be your best bet. A larger university that doesn't devote as much time and attention to each application (and, ultimately, to each student indivdually) might look over your case and not see anything worth bringing to campus.
  • SmallCollegesFTWSmallCollegesFTW Posts: 1,076Registered User Member
    Try for Reed, though it will be a reach.

    You need super challenging schools that are easier to get into, Grinnell and UChicago, two other schools that are very challenging are probably out of reach.

    Look into schools like Hampshire and Marlboro, both are very intellectual and rigorous but are very self selecting and you could gain admittance to each.
  • NuclearPakistan1NuclearPakistan1 Posts: 1,285Registered User Senior Member
    At some colleges and universities, A high SAT score balances a low GPA.
  • isu_teacher00isu_teacher00 Posts: 54Registered User Junior Member
    I'd encourage you to have a plan for how you'll deal with the fact that you'll probably have classes where, like high school, you don't have to work that hard to get a good grade. You sound like the kind of student who (like a lot of people) tends to get bored if things aren't moving quickly enough - how will you deal with that at the college level? Smaller, intellectual schools like Reed, Hampshire, and Marlboro that previous posters have mentioned sound like they would be worth your while to look into. Good luck! :)
  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Posts: 24,853Registered User Senior Member
    Check out "Colleges that Change Lives." Those are liberal arts colleges that have professors focused on teaching, small classes that are intellectually challenging. They also tend not to be party schools. If you're serious about not only getting into college (which shouldn't be a problem), but also succeeding in college, then those may be the type of colleges to check out.

    I don't suggest that you go to schools with reps as party schools because you may find it too easy to fall into the partying segment and then start skipping class and doing other things that will doom you to failure even if the classes are easy for you.
  • chronicfuture12chronicfuture12 Posts: 1,538- Member
    I think Cornell may be one of the schools that will sometimes look past gpa, especially for the specialty schools, as long as you fit.
  • silverturtlesilverturtle Posts: 12,496Registered User Senior Member
    Cornell is not realistic.
  • yesnomaybeso7yesnomaybeso7 Posts: 179Registered User Junior Member
    Oh and also I love math and I took physics and loved it. I might even want to do engineering of some sort. I would love to be surrounded by intellectual people, but I also need a good engineering/math school. I hope being a girl will help me get into those engineering programs.
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