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Bs and Cs in freshman year...bad for Cornell??

astrofanastrofan Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
I have consistent As in Math and Science in freshman. I have shown an upward trend from Cs to As in languages and social sciences in freshman year.
(we have 4 exams in freshman year)

Otherwise, my 10th( valedictorian in state board exams) and 11th (IB Diploma 41/42) grades are excellent.

So, would those few Cs and Bs really hurt my chances at Cornell? Or would that be outweighed by my upward trend in grades?

Replies to: Bs and Cs in freshman year...bad for Cornell??

  • newkidnewtrixnewkidnewtrix Registered User Posts: 448 Member
    If you can explain the grades (illness, death, general life circumstances), that will help. Your upward trend is great, and colleges love a good success story. I would still apply to Cornell, especially if you've got great test scores and ECs.
  • DontskipthemooseDontskipthemoose Registered User Posts: 594 Member
    It depends what your overall GPA is. While junior and sophomore years are more important, a low overall GPA due to a bad freshman year will diminish your chances.
  • rhandcorhandco Registered User Posts: 4,208 Senior Member
    Test scores matter a lot. Some Ivies do cut freshman grades and recalculate GPA, and that would really hurt you.
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