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Bad GPA chances?

cwatsoncwatson Posts: 425Registered User Member
edited October 2006 in University of Pennsylvania
I went to an extremely rigorous high school and was averaging about a 3.0 in the toughest courses offered through my junior year. I was bad about doing homework and such so I'm now at a postgraduate school (still my senior year) taking college chemistry, calculus, and composition along with a few other classes currently getting a 3.8-4.0 (Top 5%). I am also showing much better work habits. This year I began doing community service multiple times a week. I've been working at JHU (Hopkins) for about 6 years. The first 2 were spent unpaid doing repair, network setup, and website construction in the microscope facility. The second 2 years were spent building computers for a neonatal addiction research lab. I currently am working at the cystic fibrosis lab managing and repairing their network while my main job is statistical work in gene analysis. I've done presentations for the phisiology department and, assuming a grant gets through, will be setting up co-ordination for all the aspects of gene analysis. I hope to be using RT-PCR this summer to search for the CFTR gene in mitochondria. I will be taking the SAT II in december. My current scores in prep class hover around 2300 to 2350. By the end of this school year I hope to have a patent for a subsonic projectile. By the end of summer '07 I hope to have completed construction of a formula style race car. I am also starting a small trailer business for dingy sailboats. All that being said, I am an extremely strong writer and will have many strong recomendations from math, english, and chemistry teacher(s).
I want to double major in chem/physics or do Eng Chem.
AA Ethnicity, live in Baltimore
Mom is an aclaimed researcher (Dr. Estelle Gauda) and on the board of graduate admissions at JHU.

So just how much of a hinderance will a ~3.25 GPA be?

2 Time Varsity Baseball Semi-Finalist
1 Time MVP Baseball Winner
2 Time JV Soccer Chamipion
2 Time FSAA (Friends School Athletic Award) Winner
Multiple Top 3 Sailing Awards
Sailing on an incredibly competitive international circut

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Replies to: Bad GPA chances?

  • pk12313pk12313 Posts: 1,794Registered User Senior Member
    yes, your gpa is very low.

    but your ec's and dedication to sports seem impressive.

    are u getting recruited? you should talk directly to coaches.
  • adriana86adriana86 Posts: 144Registered User Junior Member
    your profile definitely seems like a special case that admissions may make a decision for in and of itself...as in, not in direct comparison with the thousands of high school seniors who took the conventional route. i think penn's atmosphere would benefit by having someone with your unique credentials.
  • mengcheng9287mengcheng9287 Posts: 1,018Registered User Member
    there's always the merchant marines
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