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# Raising a 3.72 to 3.8 or 3.9 GPA, possible?

Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
edited June 2010
I ended my junior year with around 3.72 cumulative GPA (i say around because my report card isn't arrived yet). I'm thinking about applying early to colleges like cornell and other good schools. I was wondering if this raise in GPA is possible if I almost ace my senior first semester, which will commence in about a month.

My school counts credits like this. U have to take 7 credits per year, while senior year you can take 6 credits. So total would be 7 X 3 + 6 = 27

A = 4
B = 3
C = 2

and so on because im NOT going to get anywhere below that. (Ap version of A is 4.3, so it's a little bit higher for Ap's)

THanks.
Post edited by itchyfeet on

## Replies to: Raising a 3.72 to 3.8 or 3.9 GPA, possible?

• - Posts: 1,000 Member
I don't think it's possible, all of your other GPA's will likely not allow a 4.0 first semester to raise your cumulative that much.
• Registered User Posts: 1,413 Senior Member
well, do the math

21 classes x 3.72 = 78.12

if you want a 3.9 GPA

you need 3.9 x 27 = 105.3

105.3 - 78.12 = 27.18

27.18/6 = 4.53 average....not good

for a 3.8

3.8 x 27 = 102.6

102.6 - 78.12 = 24.28, 24.48/6 = 4.08 average...unless most of the 6 classes are APs, IDK.
• Registered User Posts: 202 Junior Member
If you can conceive it, you can achieve it.

Anything is possible.
• Registered User Posts: 1,413 Senior Member
^ not if it's mathematically impossible
• - Posts: 1,000 Member
^^ I lol'd. Yeah, some things just aren't possible. If you raise your test scores, which is possible, than you can have a better shot. Shoot for the possible and just try to do your best from now on, no matter what you end up with.
• - Posts: 3,437 Senior Member
Shouldn't we have thought of this prior? Is it really that big of a deal? OMG .2903904239080234902349 away from a 4.0, I'm gonna post a thread about it.
• Registered User Posts: 1,413 Senior Member
^ if you factor in class rank, then it might be something.
• - Posts: 3,437 Senior Member
^not many schools rank anymore, mine does, but it means little to me.
• Registered User Posts: 321 Member
Most schools I've found seem to rank.
• Registered User Posts: 793 Member
Your applications will go out with your 6th semester GPA - senior year will only show up on the mid semester report. Do your best senior year, it could help you get off the waitlist, form an appeal etc. But in the meantime - get the best test scores possible and don't dwell on the past. Stay in engaged in your EC's and write the best essays that you can. Enjoy senior year!
• Registered User Posts: 3,906 Senior Member
^^
Which is more important, rank or GPA?

Is it true that competitive schools don't rank, but non-competitive ones do?
• Registered User Posts: 1,413 Senior Member
Which is more important, rank or GPA?

Someone might get straight As in an institution that is less rigorous than others, making class rank an important distinction.
• Registered User Posts: 1,682 Senior Member
It depends on what your other semester grades are. To calculate the overall GPA you take the average of each semester. Before my junior year I had a 3.7 then after getting a 4.0 the entire year I brought it up to a 3.8. But also, I had 9 classes. 5 first semester and 4 second (you're supposed to have 8 but I took a 0 hour class).
• Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
thank you guys for encouragement i will do my best and get into my dream school! I think my ECs are fine, I got some service clubs and earned a medal for nice hours of service, also in varsity swimming and had an internship in hospital so i guess these can distinguish me from the applicants yeah?
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