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What are my chances with a 2.67 GPA?

xsunsh1neeexsunsh1neee Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
edited July 2010 in What Are My Chances?
How do the colleges even look at GPAs?
I had a 3.67 GPA first semester in Junior year,
and then a 2.67 GPA second semester.

Would the colleges look at the GPA in each semester individually? Or is there a total GPA--I think cumulative, but I don't know how to calculate it...
Also, does the first semester of Senior year affect my GPA, so I can have a chance of raising it?

I'm interested in going to Calstate Fullerton, or Calstate Long Beach. What are my chances of getting into either of these colleges with the GPA I have? I haven't gotten my SAT scores, but what other things do they take into account besides GPA and SAT scores, that I should perhaps focus on to boost my chances and compensate for my downfall in second semester.
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Replies to: What are my chances with a 2.67 GPA?

  • xsunsh1neeexsunsh1neee Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
    I know that these are a lot of questions, so you don't have to answer all of them if you can't. But your help is GREATLY appreciated, and thank you in advance!
  • maiken1993maiken1993 Posts: 24Registered User New Member
    whats your acc gpa?
    im going to assume that your grades have been around 2.7-3.2 almost every semester. but even if thats not the case you have a very good chance at both fullerton and long beach as long as you have above a 1450 on the SAT
  • xsunsh1neeexsunsh1neee Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
    Thank you so much for your help maiken1993.
    And yes, i've always been within that range, or even higher... and
    my accumulative GPA is 3.2.

    I have a 1540 on the SAT, but that is my first time taking it. I'm planning on taking it again, with studying. However, let's say I got a lower score.

    Will I still have a very good chance at fullerton/long beach if I have a 1540 on the SAT?
    [By the way, by "very good chance," what is the percentage, roughly? And how do you know?]

    Thanks for your help in advance, once again.
  • SpatulaSpatula Posts: 502Registered User Member
    They look at everything. Cumulative GPA is the most important, but semester GPAs help gauge improvement. Your GPA is in the range of accepted students.

    No one can give you a percent chance because, simply put, we don't know. We are speculating based on trends we have seen.

    Long Beach doesn't consider the writing section. What is your SAT score without it? If it's around 1050, you're in good shape.
  • xsunsh1neeexsunsh1neee Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
    Its 1040. Is that barely cutting it? Is 1050 the average? Thank you for your help!
  • xsunsh1neeexsunsh1neee Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
    I have two additional questions:

    1) I failed Pre-calculus, and I'm planning on taking AP stats. Do you think I will be able to do well in AP stats? I heard its a different type of math.

    2) I just now found out I received a 3 on my AP Enlgish Lang/Comp Exam. Does CSU Fullerton or Long Beach accept 3's, and will I get college credit for the course?
  • xsunsh1neeexsunsh1neee Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
    OMG I just remembered, since I got a 3 on the AP English language exam I can raise my C to a B in AP English. Now I have a 2.83 GPA! Still not 3.0 but still.
  • SpatulaSpatula Posts: 502Registered User Member
    A 2.8 is within its average range. A 1040 is also fine. I don't know about AP credit at CSUs, so I can't help you there. Stats is a different kind of math, but it might be better to repeat precalculus rather than take stats.
  • xsunsh1neeexsunsh1neee Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
    Thank you very much!

    By the way, considering my grades in Pre-calculus:
    1st semester: C
    2nd semester: F

    should I take Math SAT subject level 1 or level 2?
  • xsunsh1neeexsunsh1neee Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
    Why would it be better to repeat precalculus rather than take stats?

    I'm really confused, my counselor suggested that I either take precalculus over, or take AP stats because the AP stats would look good on my transcript, since it's an AP class and I'm "challenging" myself. I would rather not take the entire year of precalculus over, but I still don't know what I should do.
  • Lemaitre1Lemaitre1 Posts: 1,736Registered User Senior Member
    You should retake pre-calculus if you think you can pass it. Your GPA and SAT scores are typical of students admitted to CSUs but having an F on your transcript with no attempt to remedy it might be a problem for them. However, if you do not believe you could ever learn the pre-calculus material despite your best effort it might be preferable to try statistics rather than having 2 Fs in pre-calculus on your record.
  • gc414gc414 Posts: 267Registered User Junior Member
    If you've gotten an F in math why do you want to take a math sat subject test? Are they (i.e. math subject tests) required? If not consider taking the test in a subject that you have been more consistent with.

    As far as what you're actually submitting, there's your GPA, Standardized Testing, recommendations, activities, and the essay (though I don't see anything about an essay mentioned on the admissions' site for CSU Long Beach.. they might not have one. Check the websites of the schools you're applying to see if they have an essay requirement).
  • xsunsh1neeexsunsh1neee Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
    Math and English are the subjects I think I can do best on. I'm not particularily horrible at math, I was just outrageously lazy in Pre-Calculus especially second semester. Should I just take both Math 1 & 2?

    Also, what if I end up getting a B in Pre-calculus, and a B in AP Stats? Or a C in pre-calculus, and a C in stats? Isn't it better for both my GPA, and the class itself, to get the grade in an AP class? Because I'm fairly confident that I'll be able to do well in AP stats.
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