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What are my chances of getting into an Ivy League/ Top 20 college with a 3.5 gpa?

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Replies to: What are my chances of getting into an Ivy League/ Top 20 college with a 3.5 gpa?

  • digitalreformdigitalreform Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    @rowdyfries

    you probably should have probably made another thread lol. were the leadership confrences you attended selective? if not, i don't think they will give you much leverage. what is your intended major? all in all you seem like a strong applicant. i think you'll have a shot at cornell and brown; idk about yale though. congrats on your acceptances!

    can you chance me as well by answering my question? thanks :)
  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 Registered User Posts: 3,598 Senior Member
    You know that your chances are low- b/c you are smart enough to know that colleges who accept less than 10% of their applicants are turning down 90+% of the applicants.

    Take Brown, so often dissed as a 'lower' ivy. It has one of the highest ivy admit rates, at 9.1%. Last year they turned down 27, 519 applicants, the vast majority of whom were well qualified applicants. Note that only 172 of the 2,877 students admitted were *not* in the top10% of their class.

    I think that this piece and this piece are still amongst the best pieces of advice out there.

    Work really hard over the next months to identify some *other* colleges that you could actually love. It is easy to love the top names- the names your parents and peers will be impressed by. You will have no trouble writing those 'why us' essays when the time comes. But, you need to be able to write some great 'why us' essays for some colleges where you are not just extremely likely to get in, but would be *happy* to attend. If you don't need them in 2 years time, no harm done. But if you do need them, it will make all the difference.


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