I was accepted to Bard. My stats were low (3.2 GPA, 32/177 at a catholic school). When I was choosing where to go, I asked admissions why I was accepted. Here's why I was accepted, it may help if your looking into Bard.
Greg Armbruster forwarded you letter to me and since I am the Bard New
England Admission rep and was the one who read you file, I shall
You were accepted for a few reasons: You took a challenging courseload
across the curriculum all four years, including Honors and AP classes
your grades improved each year. You also had stellar recommendations
your teachers and guidance counselor and finally your essays reflected
desire to pursue a course of study (psychology) and we are encouraged
your passion and ambition for the subject.
Should have other qustions, please contact me.
Congratulations on your acceptance.
New England Coordinator, Admission
What did this tell you? Work hard on the essay and make sure your recs are amazing. Also, I'm pretty sure they recalulate GPA by dropping +s and -s. I had a 3.0, 3.2, 3.1, 3.7. Recalculated its 3.0, 3.2, 3.4, 3.6. That makes more sense as an upward trend.