This is my very first post on CC. Thanks for welcoming
My school doesn't officially rank, but I figured that right now, grade-wise, I am somewhere in the bottom third ...in my Freshman year I got a low 3.07 GPA.
This year I am motivated to do better in school.
My goal, by the time I apply to colleges, is to become a competitive applicant for the top ENG schools that (preferably) have Petroleum Engineering major. I'd like to get accepted to ENG programs at schools like University of Texas, Texas A&M, .., and my state UIUC.
I have a general idea to work on EC's in the area of intended study, to take AP classes, and to study for SAT/ACT. (My practice SAT score on dry was 1500 in 10th grade, Math portion 640)
Now, however, I learned that my GPA must be 4.0, and "class rank" - TOP 2-10%... but even if I make 4.0 my Sophomore and Junior years, the cumulative GPA would still be ~3.7. I researched that the top school's ENG programs want GPA 4.0, or 3.9 the worst.
So my question to CC, what else should I do now - I still have two years ahead of me! - to strengthen my chances of reaching my goal? Is it possible *at all* to get accepted to my dream schools with such a low GPA (3.7)?