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How useful is a 36.0?

apptad567apptad567 Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
I am a rising international senior. I gave the ACT and got 36 across all 4 sections (composite of 36.0) and a 31 in the writing section. How useful will this score be for the Ivies, Stanford and CalTech as compared to say a 35?

I have an unweighted GPA of 3.93; will ACT make up for my bad GPA?

Replies to: How useful is a 36.0?

  • kassh4kassh4 Registered User Posts: 987 Member
    34,35,and 36 arent very different
  • bodanglesbodangles Registered User Posts: 9,185 Senior Member
    How is a 3.93 a bad GPA? That's very close to perfect.
  • dota2fandota2fan Registered User Posts: 263 Junior Member
    you're already good to go. and as bodangles says, 3.93 is very good.
  • AnimeMangoAnimeMango Registered User Posts: 115 Junior Member
    I agree with the others. There comes a point when as long as your score is high enough, colleges don't particularly care about one or two points. Besides, your gpa is great! Your application is already strong in that regard.
  • menloparkmommenloparkmom Registered User Posts: 12,590 Senior Member
    edited August 2016
    you DO have to take the SAT math subject test level 2 [ and score at least 790 ] to be considered for Caltech.

    https://www.admissions.caltech.edu/content/how-apply-first-year-applicant.

    please realize that Caltech accepts only about 7% of International UG student applicants.
    Other top tier colleges accept similar %'s of International students. If your goal is to come to the US for your UG education you will have to cast a wider net than just those colleges, and have $$ in the bank to pay for a college education here .

    https://www.admissions.caltech.edu/content/class-profile
  • apptad567apptad567 Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    @menloparkmom I do have an 800 in SAT Math 2 and Physics

    The problem is my grades when down between the first and second terms of my junior year, which I feel may particularly hurt my application
  • menloparkmommenloparkmom Registered User Posts: 12,590 Senior Member
    edited August 2016
    what will hurt your application the most is the fact that you are an International applicant. And S and Caltech reject most International students, simply because there are so many applicants from the US and overseas and only so many overall spots open.
    So , as I said before, you will need to apply to many other US colleges IF you want to study in the US. If the ONLY colleges you want to apply to are S and Caltech, then good luck, but dont be surprised if you are not accepted by them.
    USC, [ which is also in S Calif] has many International students .
  • apptad567apptad567 Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    No, I am trying to ensure that I have a sensible balance of reach and safety in my list of colleges. Although I may be deviating from the topic of the thread, would you happen to know colleges which are safer to apply to as an international student?
  • PrimeMeridianPrimeMeridian Registered User Posts: 1,224 Senior Member
    would you happen to know colleges which are safer to apply to as an international student?

    The colleges that don't have single-digit admit rates and where you're prepared to be fullpay.

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